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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 2 July 2003 (USA)
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A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

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Jonathan Mostow

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James Cameron (characters), Gale Anne Hurd (characters) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Terminator
Nick Stahl ... John Connor
Claire Danes ... Kate Brewster
Kristanna Loken ... T-X
David Andrews ... Robert Brewster
Mark Famiglietti ... Scott Petersen
Earl Boen ... Dr. Peter Silberman
Moira Sinise ... Betsy (as Moira Harris)
Chopper Bernet ... Chief Engineer
Christopher Lawford ... Brewster's Aide (as Chris Lawford)
Carolyn Hennesy ... Rich Woman
Jay Acovone ... Cop - Westside Street
M.C. Gainey ... Roadhouse Bouncer
Susan Merson ... Roadhouse Clubgoer #1
Elizabeth Morehead ... Roadhouse Clubgoer #1
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Storyline

More than 10 years after 'Terminator 2', John Connor now exists only as a drifter - living 'off the grid', so no more Terminators from the future can hunt him down. Unfortunately, SkyNet does send another one back - and this one is called the T-X, even more powerful & advanced than the dreaded T-1000. However, another CSM-101 Terminator is also sent back to protect John against the T-X. Now, Skynet is patiently assuming control of civilian computer systems, under the guise of a computer virus. John has also met his future wife, Kate Brewster, whose father - a U.S. Air Force General - is in charge of the military computer systems & is leery of up linking SkyNet. However, when the SkyNet virus infects the U.S military computers & leaves the country open to attack, the machines begin their horrific takeover. Soon a nuclear war will result - and the war against the machines will begin. Can the outdated CSM-101 Terminator eliminate the highly advanced T-X - or will a darker future await ... Written by Derek O'Cain

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Taglines:

Next Summer, the machines will rise. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and action, and for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

T3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,041,440, 6 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$150,371,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$283,000,000
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 12 mins) The elevator shaft the T-X fell into was a digital matte painting, as was the scene in the hangar with dozens of T-1 robots. Only three full-scale T-1 robots were built for the film. See more »

Goofs

The entire chase scene with the crane ignores numerous laws of momentum, inertia and tensile strength. Using the crane arm to demolish a steel-framed building would not only completely mangle the arm, it would also cause the crane itself to crash, instead of which it doesn't even slow. Similarly, whilst the vehicle easily has sufficient mass and momentum to smash cars out of its path, having a tonne or so of metal hitting it at roughly 40mph is going to have an effect on the steering, it wouldn't just casually carry on in a straight line as if nothing happened. Most significantly, after the T-800 drops the crane's hook through the manhole cover, the hook would firstly need to actually latch onto something to create the desired effect (instead of just getting pulled right back out again and dragging along behind the crane) and whatever it anchors itself on would need to be sturdy enough to stop the tens of tonnes of crane - if a building can't do it, it's rather unlikely that a sewage pipe is going to. Even if such an item could be found, the cable would not tear through the road without slowing the crane down at all and would in all likelihood bring the crane to a much slower, more drawn-out and less visually impressive (and hence much more boring) stop. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Connor: [voiceover] The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor, they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate ...
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Crazy Credits

Jay Acovone is credited as Jay Acavone. See more »

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Sugar
Words by Jonathan Mostow
Music by Peter Beckett
Performed by Peter Beckett
Produced by Peter Beckett for Right Hook Productions
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Why the Hate?

I truly don't get the hate for this movie, unless you're one of those types that goes to comicon and asks questions about insanely obscure trivia to flaunt your vast knowledge of the T universe or writes erotic terminator fan-fiction from your mom's basement.

It's the least of the three terminators, yes. But the least in a series of such high quality and entertainment value that to suggest this is one of the worst sequels ever is just plain hyperbolic stupidity. One of the things I keep seeing mentioned is the less serious parts. What is wrong with some humor? It was hardly even close to enough to call it a comedy and none of it was bad enough to induce groans. T2, and even T1, had humorous bits but I don't hear complaints about them. I don't know what people were expecting. They act like this is the Phantom Menace of the Terminator franchise. Please.

It's got solid action (including one of the best destructive car chase sequences ever imho), it's exciting, it's got decent acting and effects. Get over your butthurt fanboy gripes and just enjoy it.


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