Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 50 mins

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The third instalment of the Terminator series, this action-oriented futuristic sci-fi thriller follows the lives of Sarah Connor and her son, John as they become key players in fighting for the freedom of the human race alive against Skynet. After Skynet fails to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, in an attempt to wipe out as many Resistance officers as possible. This includes John's future wife, but not John himself as his whereabouts are unknown to Skynet. John's life is placed in danger when the T-X accidentally finds him.
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Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kristanna Loken

Crew: Jonathan Mostow (Director), Don Burgess (Director of Photography), Marco Beltrami (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Dates: 25 Jul 2003 (India)

Tagline: Next Summer, the machines will rise.

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Did you know? Schwarzenegger insisted Stan Winston return to provide the special effects, just as he did in the last two films, and the subsequent one in the series. Read More
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as Terminator
as Bill's Girlfriend
as Bill Anderson
as Rich Woman
as Chief Engineer
as Brewster's Aide
as Kate Brewster
as Robert Brewster
as Peter Silberman
as Engineer
as Gas Station Cashier
as Cop
as CRS Executive
as Male Stripper
as Roadhouse Bouncer
as Scott Petersen
as SWAT Team Leader
as Paramedic
as Betsy
as John Connor
as Laura the CRS Tech
as Roadhouse Clubgoer
as Smith


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Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Panaflex
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24 fps
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2.39:1 (Scope)
Next Summer, the machines will rise.
The Machines Will Rise
When John and Catherine are in the hangar at the runway, the Cessna's tail number is N3035C. When the plane is shown in the air, the number is N3973F. When they land, the tail number has changed back to N3035C.

When the Terminator and John Connor are driving the veterinary truck into town, notice the grab handles on the front door frames. In early shots the grab handles are missing the small, square, screw covers which reappear a minute later.

When the Terminator is trying to shut himself off by hitting the Jeep, the tires and rims are bent out by the opening blows, yet appear upright and inflated in the next shot, and then once again bent out in the subsequent shot.

At the AMPM petrol station in the desert, the cash register is covered with hand written signs saying the phones/computers are out of order, and thus credit cards are not working. Yet after Terminator shoplifts some food, the phone is working for the gas station attendant to call authorities.

While the Terminator and the T-X are fighting in the bathroom, toilets, sinks and water pipes are broken; resulting in water gushing everywhere. Despite this, both the Terminator and the T-X's clothing remains dry throughout the fight.

Crew/Equipment Visible
At the end of the scene where they are by trailer, when the camera is on the Terminator, the camera tilts down revealing an apple box underneath the table.

Errors in Geography
When the T-X kills Jose Barrera at the fast food restaurant, the drive through window is on the wrong side of the building. The T-X could have driven the wrong way but it was shown at the speaker, driving the direction that the drive through should have been.

Factual Mistake
When John and Kate get to the Crystal Peak base and the Terminator blasts the T-X with the power cell, he also destroys and buries the only way in and out, how do Kate and John leave the base?

Factual Mistake
When the Terminator, Kate Brewster and John Connor are traveling in the RV, the Terminator is driving. In every shot of the Terminator, the steering wheel never moves.
For the filming of the arrival scene of the T-X, Kristanna Loken spent one night nude. During the filming, a piece of glass stuck under her foot because of her walking barefoot on the street.

When Kate attacks the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger told Claire Danes not to hold back, and hit him as hard as she could.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's last starring role (but not his last acting role) before being elected governor of California on 7 October 2003.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature line "I'll be back" is not uttered in this film. Instead, he says two paraphrases: "She'll be back" and, later, "I'm back."

It took six months to edit the car chase sequence.

The car chase scene at the cemetery was a collaboration between the first unit and the second unit. The T-X on the roof of the car was all digital.

The scene in the back of the truck, between John and Kate, was shot on four separate days over several months.

Schwarzenegger insisted Stan Winston return to provide the special effects, just as he did in the last two films, and the subsequent one in the series.

The anchorman who reported on the Skynet virus was an actual news reporter.

Kate's character is meant to serve as our eyes and ears into the world of the Terminator, being the outsider of the group.

The two Terminators in the climactic scene were a mixture of actors, puppets, and CGI.

The crane weighed 140 tons, and the building that Schwarzenegger was plowed into took two weeks to build. The scene in which the crane flips over its own length was too dangerous to do in reality, so it had to be done by animation.

A week of miniature work and three months of computer graphics work made the Los Angeles of the future appear.

When the Terminator shuts himself down to clear the T-X's corruption from his system, Schwarzenegger managed to keep completely still without the aid of any visual effects.

In the Anderson house, a robotic pet can be seen near William Anderson and his girlfriend. This is a Sony AIBO, manufactured from 1999 to 2006. Customer support for AIBO ended in March 2013.

The first week of photography was the scene in which the Terminator crashes the truck into the T-X on the exterior of the veterinary clinic. The last day of photography was the scene in which the T-X appeared through the time portal.

Among the weapons the T-800 takes from the weapons cache in the cemetery are the Glock 18 pistol with full/semi modes as well as the Heckler and Koch G-36 and UMP45 designs.

When the Terminator promises to let Kate go if she tells him where John Connor is, and then he goes back on his word, the novelization tells us that he wasn't really lying; he will let Kate go, just not right now.

General Brewster's death scene took a whole day to shoot.