Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
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Continuity mistake: 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. (01:22:25 - 01:25:50)

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Character mistake: When the Terminator scans the doorman at the bar, a display comes up categorizing each piece of the doorman's clothing. The word "briefs" is misspelled "breifs". (00:13:40)

Phil C.

Character mistake: In the opening narration, John Connor says that he was attacked by the T-1000 when he was 13 years old. This is wrong. In Terminator 2, we see that John Connor is only 10 years old, as shown on the police computer when the T-1000 accesses it. (00:02:20)

Continuity mistake: In the scene were John, Kate and the Terminator find the RV, when John says to Kate, that Scott's death wasn't her fault, she is sitting in the passenger seat of the broken down Hearse. Then in the next shot Kate completely disappears and reappears when the Terminator mentions the TX is going to kill Robert Brewster.

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Plot hole: The T-X did not hear Catherine in the Animal Hospital when she was only a few feet away and breathing loudly. Considering the scope of some of her technology, one would assume she would easily find her. (00:22:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the cemetery scene when the Terminator uses a bazooka to fire a missile at the TX, the shot that shows the TX being launched up in the air and hitting a gravestone should have shown the car used by the TX and the road where the car was parked. In the next shot, when the TX gets up and starts to run after the hearse, the road reappears but not the parked car. (01:04:40)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene just after Kate Brewster's dad has been shot he says to go to his office. On the way there you can see his jacket is undone and you can see his shirt and tie. Yet when they enter the office it shows him sitting down with his jacket neatly buttoned up. For a guy who just got shot and is running from machines, I doubt he would worry about buttoning up his jacket. (01:16:40)

Continuity mistake: JC's leg was crushed by the T-X. After emerging from the elevator, he limps on the wrong leg. (01:36:00 - 01:36:55)

Revealing mistake: When John, Kate and the Terminator are in the Winnebago, there is a shot that's facing Kate where John says to her that they're going to pull the plug on Skynet and that the bombs won't fall. In this shot, look at John's hair. The green screen is reflected onto it. It is visible throughout the rest of the scene. (01:09:45)


Continuity mistake: When the T-850 walks around at the gas station, shopping, he fills up the shopping basket, and one of the bags of chips can't fit in the basket. However in the next clip, the basket is half empty and there is plenty of room for the two boxes of candy he grabs at the counter. (00:41:00)

Jacob La Cour

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Continuity mistake: As the hearse comes out from under the truck while they are trying to get rid of the Terminatrix, you can see that the windscreen is intact. But as they drive down the hill it's missing. (00:59:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Kate gets the phone call in the middle of the night to goto the pet clinic, her phone is a white+blue Nokia 8310. Later on when she is calling from the back of the pet truck and it loses reception and the camera goes onto the phones, its now an all blue Nokia 51xx (I think) series phone. (00:17:30 - 00:29:25)

Visible crew/equipment: Right after the ambulance runs over Arnold's motorcycle a shot of him hanging on the crane hook is shown. You can see the safety cable attached to the left of his belt. (00:33:25)

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Revealing mistake: When they are driving the tundra after the big champion crane crashes, the Terminator gets in the truck. If you look closely, the truck's shifter is all the way in park. (00:37:55)

Continuity mistake: After the first two fireman jump out of the fire truck, Arnold climbs in and says "Get out" to the other fire fighters. When the next two fireman jump out, the first two are not seen on the road behind them. Also, when Arnold changes gears on the fire truck none of the four fire fighters are seen on the road. (00:36:10)

Factual error: When Arnold is done shooting at the cops in the graveyard scene, there are birds singing in the background. No way that any birds would be left in that area (not to mention singing) after at least 15 machine guns have been firing for more than 2 consecutive minutes, not to mention the cop car exploding. (00:55:50)

Continuity mistake: When the remote cars are crashing into John Connor's truck the up close camera angles do not show the same damage on the front and sides of the police cars as the far away angles do. (00:32:40)


Revealing mistake: During the entire hearse chase scene, the transmission shift lever is in park. (00:55:00)

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Continuity mistake: During the scene when Arnold carries the casket, a shot shows many bullet holes on its front side. Two shots later, these holes have disappeared. (00:54:45)


Revealing mistake: After the Female Cyborg kill's the two agents in the car, there is a crane shot of her car turning around in the middle of the road where you can see see the mark in the middle of the road showing the driver where exactly to turn. (00:53:45)

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Trivia: The cat lady's cat at the Animal Hospital is called Hercules. This is a tribute to Arnold Scharznegger who played Hercules in the 1970 movie, "Hercules In New York", his first film. (00:20:30)

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Question: Why did John Connor program the Terminator to only obey Catherine's orders? Since he is the boss wouldn't he make it so the Terminator would obey his orders?

Answer: He didn't program the Terminator, she did - remember, John is dead, successfully eliminated by that very Terminator. As to why she didn't program the Terminator to obey both of them, that's an open question - possibly she needed to supply a voiceprint which obviously couldn't be obtained from the deceased John (which would also explain why the Terminator in T2 appeared to only be programmed to obey John, not both John and his mother). Alternatively, it's plausible that the Terminators can only be programmed to obey one individual, in order to prevent problems in the case of conflicting orders.

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