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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 2 July 2003 (USA)
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A machine from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a man and a woman from an advanced robotic assassin to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

Director:

Jonathan Mostow

Writers:

John Brancato (story by), Michael Ferris (story by) | 3 more credits »
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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 Can the outdated CSM-101 Terminator eliminate the highly advanced T-X - or will a darker future await ...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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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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Trivia

In the novelization, the Terminator arrives in the past before the T-X. In the film it's the other way around. He also gets bitten by a rattlesnake (which does appear in the film) but his refusal to kill organic life (because of reprogramming) means he just throws it away. Another thing that's reversed is the T-X's murder of Jose Barrera and William and Elizabeth Anderson. She finds Jose by calling his mother in Spanish. And both the Terminator and the T-X try to reach Kate at home. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When the T-101 is holding open the Crystal Peak bunker blast door he uses one hand to hold back the T-X from getting to John and then use the other hand to pull his power cell out. This did not leave an arm available to hold open the door, however the door could have stopped functioning after a while when meeting significant opposition from the Terminator. See more »

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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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Words by Jonathan Mostow
Music by Peter Beckett
Performed by Peter Beckett
Produced by Peter Beckett for Right Hook Productions
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Not a Bad Third Album
22 November 2019 | by asgrrrSee all my reviews

I'm a Terminator fan. T2 is a high water mark in action film making that few will ever reach. This movie, Terminator 3:Rise of the machines, is worth some money seeing. It was never going to match T2, let's be realistic. But it's anything but terrible. There's female injection, but there had to be some to make up for Sarah Connor, it's not a problem. The first half is sufficiently interesting, and the action is sufficiently exciting, but not much more. The plot is well set up, regarding John Connor's situation. Now, I don't want to spoil, but the ending really - REALLY - hits home. Incredibly powerful.

All in all, this film moves along from the position of T2, and delivers everything sufficiently well, or even a lot better than that. A worthy third instalment.

P.S. isn't it interesting that T3 and Dark Fate score about the same but T3 has mostly positive reviews but D.F. has mostly terrible reviews? Just a thought.


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$150,371,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$433,371,112
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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