Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Poster

Nick Stahl: John Connor



  • John Connor : By the time Skynet became self-aware it had spread into millions of computer servers across the planet. Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms; everywhere. It was software; in cyberspace. There was no system core; it could not be shutdown. The attack began at 6:18 PM, just as he said it would. Judgment Day, the day the human race was almost destroyed by the weapons they'd built to protect themselves. I should have realized it was never our destiny to stop Judgment Day, it was merely to survive it, together. The Terminator knew; he tried to tell us, but I didn't want to hear it. Maybe the future has been written. I don't know; all I know is what the Terminator taught me; never stop fighting. And I never will. The battle has just begun.

  • John Connor : No, you shouldn't exist. We took out Cyberdyne over ten years ago. We stopped Judgment Day.

    Terminator : You only postponed it. Judgment Day is inevitable.

  • Kate Brewster : What exactly am I in this future of yours?

    Terminator : You're John Connor's spouse and second-in-command.

    Kate Brewster : [Shaking her head, clearly not pleased to hear that]  No, I...

    [looks at John] 

    John Connor : What?

    Kate Brewster : [to John]  You're a mess.

    John Connor : Hey, you're not exactly my type, either.

  • John Connor : [choking on tear gas] 

    John Connor : Just leave me here. I'm not the one you want. You're wasting your time.

    Terminator : Incorrect. John Connor leads the resistance to victory.

    John Connor : How? Why? Why me?

    Terminator : You are John Connor.

    John Connor : Christ! My mom fed me that bullshit since the cradle! Look at me! I'm no leader! I never was! I'm never gonna...

    John Connor : [is choked by Terminator] 

    John Connor : Let go!

    Terminator : You're right. You're not the one I want. I'm wasting my time.

    John Connor : Fuck you, you fucking machine!

    Terminator : [releases John]  Better.

    John Connor : What, you were just dicking with me?

    Terminator : Anger is more useful than despair.

    John Connor : What?

    Terminator : Basic psychology is among my sub-routines.

  • Terminator : It was Katherine Brewster who reprogrammed me and sent me back through the time displacement field.

    John Connor : Why didn't I send you back?

    Terminator : I'm not authorized to answer your questions.

    Kate Brewster : Why didn't he send you back?

    Terminator : He was dead.

    John Connor : Oh, well that sucks.

  • Terminator : We must reaquire Katherine Brewster.

    John Connor : Why? What makes her so goddamn important?

    Terminator : Through her, you make contact with remnants of the U.S. military and learn how to fight Skynet, forming the core of the Resistance. Later your children will become important.

    John Connor : Whoa. What?

    Terminator : She's your wife.

  • Kate Brewster : John, what is he saying?

    John Connor : Judgment Day. The end of the world. It's today, three hours from now.

    Terminator : Two hours and fifty-three minutes.

  • [John is holding a gun to his head] 

    Terminator : You cannot self-terminate.

    John Connor : No, you can't. I can do anything I want. I'm a human being, not some god-damn robot.

    Terminator : [correcting him]  Cybernetic organism.

    John Connor : Whatever! Either we go, and save her Dad, or so much for the Great John Conner. Because your future, my destiny, I want no part in it, I never did.

    Terminator : Based on your pupil dilation, skin temperature, and motor functions, I calculate an 83% probability that you will not pull the trigger.

  • [Kate has just destroyed a Mini Hunter-Killer with an AK-47] 

    Kate Brewster : What?

    John Connor : Nothing... you remind me of my mother.

  • John Connor : Tell her who I am.

    Terminator : John Connor is the leader of the worldwide resistance and last hope for mankind.

  • Robert Brewster : Skynet? The virus has infected Skynet?

    John Connor : Skynet IS the virus. It's the reason everything's falling apart!

    Terminator : Skynet has become self aware. In one hour it will initiate a massive nuclear attack on its enemy.

    Robert Brewster : What enemy?

    John Connor : Us! Humans!

  • [Kate points a gun at the Terminator, and threatens to shoot him] 

    John Connor : Go ahead. See what happens.

    [she fires at the Terminator, who then spits out the bullet] 

    Terminator : Don't do that.

  • [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 victory. It hasn't happened, no bombs fell, computers didn't take control, we stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe, but I don't, so I live off the grid - no phone, no address, no one and nothing can find me. I've erased all connections to the past, but as hard as I try I can't erase my dreams, my nightmares.

  • John Connor : Do you even remember me? Sarah Connor? Blowing up Cyberdyne? Hasta la vista, baby? Ring any bells?

    Terminator : That was a different T-101.

    John Connor : What, do you guys come off an assembly line or something?

    Terminator : Exactly.

    John Connor : Oh man, I'm gonna have to teach you everything all over again.

  • John Connor : So... she's an anti-Terminator Terminator? You've got to be shitting me.

    Terminator : No, I am not shitting you.

  • John Connor : The T-X, can you find a way to destroy it?

    Terminator : Unlikely. I'm an obsolete design.

  • John Connor : Thank you.

    Terminator : [last words to John]  We'll meet again.

  • Terminator : John Connor. It is time.

    John Connor : Are you here to kill me?

    Terminator : No. You must live.

  • Kate Brewster : So what's his story?

    John Connor : He's a robot from the future. Living tissue over a metal skeleton. He means you no harm.

  • Terminator : [after inspecting John Connor]  No sign of brain trauma.

    John Connor : Yeah I'm fine, thanks.

  • John Connor : What is your mission?

    Terminator : To... ensure the survival... of John Connor... and Katherine Brewster.

    John Connor : You are about to fail that mission.

  • [John puts a gun to his head] 

    John Connor : Fuck my destiny.

  • John Connor : I feel the weight of the world bearing down on me. A future I don't want. So I keep running as fast as I can... anywhere... nowhere.

  • Kate Brewster : How much did you take?

    John Connor : Enough.

    Kate Brewster : Well, this is the stuff we use to chemically neuter dogs. Take a look.

  • Kate Brewster : That's the cops. You have to pull over.

    John Connor : [sarcastically]  Yeah, first chance I get.

  • Angry Man : [John Connor just rear-ended him]  Son of a bitch. Goddamit. Look what you did to my car. This is my company car, asshole.

    [John tries to start his car] 

    Angry Man : Get your ass out here. Get your ass out of the car now.

    [John still trying to start the car] 

    Angry Man : What are you doing? If you don't have insurance, I'm gonna rip your balls off.

    John Connor : Hey, listen. I don't want any problems, all right?

    Angry Man : Shut up!

    Kate Brewster : Help. I'm being kidnapped.

    Angry Man : What's going on here? Who's back there?

    John Connor : I...

    Angry Man : Shut up.

    [Remotely controlled police cars and ambulances approaching] 

    Angry Man : Well, I be goddamned. There's cops when you need them.

    [John resumes to starting his car] 

    Kate Brewster : Let me out of here.

    [Car finally starts and John was able to drive away] 

    Angry Man : Get back here, asshole!

  • John Connor : Hold on !

  • John Connor : Thank you.

    Terminator : We'll meet again. Go !

  • Terminator : John Connor. It is time.

    John Connor : Are you here to kill me ?

    Terminator : No. You must live.

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