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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003] (2 discs)

Director:Jonathan Mostow
Writer:John D. Brancato
Michael Ferris
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
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IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: John Connor is living off the grid until his fate finally catches up with him along with a fame he never wanted.

Reaction: Less deeply meaningful than its predecessors, the action is still well done and packs quite a punch.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Jonathan Mostow => Director
John D. Brancato => Writer
Michael Ferris => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Terminator
Carolyn Hennesy => Rich Woman
Chopper Bernet => Chief Engineer
Christopher Lawford => Brewster's Aide (as Chris Lawford)
Claire Danes => Kate Brewster
David Andrews => Robert Brewster
Earl Boen => Dr. Peter Silberman
Kristanna Loken => T-X
M.C. Gainey => Roadhouse Bouncer
Mark Famiglietti => Scott Petersen [Mason]
Matt Gerald => SWAT Team Leader
Moira Harris => Betsy
Nick Stahl => John Connor
William O'Leary => Mr. Smith

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Claire Forlani auditioned for the part of Kate Brewster.
  • After viewing initial dailies, the director, Jonathan Mostow deemed Sophia Bush too young to play hero John Connor's love interest, and replaced her with Claire Danes at the last minute. Danes started filming immediately and basically learned about her character on the job. Danes later said this may have helped her performance, as Kate Brewster's character was similarly thrust into a strange new reality with no warning.
  • Ang Lee was offered to direct the film, but turned it down to direct Hulk instead.
  • A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X (originally called the T-1G and alternatively considered male), including Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Famke Janssen, and former WWF wrestler [?] Chyna ([?] Joanie Laurer). Laurer's name came into the mix when she was recommended for the part by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself during an interview prior to filming.
  • Kristanna Loken speaks all of her dialogue in the first 25 minutes of the film. The T-X's only other dialogue comes when she is impersonating Scott Mason, these lines are spoken by Mark Famiglietti.
  • In an early draft of the script, Lance Henriksen was to reprise the role of Detective Vukovich (from The Terminator), having the character bound to a wheelchair following the events of the first Terminator. The idea was eventually dropped.
  • Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only other actor to appear in all three Terminator movies is Earl Boen who always played the character of Dr. Silberman.
  • Kristanna Loken put on 15 pounds of muscle to fit her role of the T-X. She also took a mime class to prepare for her part. Because her character has so few lines, she had to learn to communicate through facial expressions and body gestures.
  • 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."
  • In all three [Terminator] films the Terminator's definition of "being back" means entering a building by driving a vehicle through it: In The Terminator he drives a car into a police station after saying "I'll be back." In Terminator 2: Judgment Day he drives a SWAT van into the Cyberdyne Building after saying "I'll be back." In this film he flies a helicopter into an airplane hangar, steps out and proclaims, "I'm back!"