Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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)

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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)


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

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)


Revealing mistake: When the hearse has no roof it is obvious at one stage that it is not Arnold sitting behind the steering wheel but his stunt double. (00:57:10)

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Revealing mistake: When the animal rescue truck crashes through the seminary gate, the sparks that fly come a few seconds after the truck hits. (00:48:25)


Revealing mistake: When the Terminator uses the the G-36 assault rifle, the muzzle of the rifle is fitted with a maneuver ammunition device which shows that he uses no real ammunition, but a variety that just makes "bang" sounds without a bullet. (00:55:35)

Revealing mistake: When the T-850 drives the truck into the building, from the side view the truck misses the silver car completely. Yet in the next shot it appears to hit it, and the car lurches (somewhat unrealistically as if pulled by a cable) to the left and explodes. (00:24:00)


Revealing mistake: During the big fight between the two terminators, the male grabs the female and smashes her head into a toilet. If you watch carefully as soon as her head hits the toilet it cuts seems to cut to another shot. (Easier to see in slow-motion).


Revealing mistake: During the crane chase scene, the T-X is shown changing gear twice. Both times, the arm is definitely not Kristanna Loken's. It is much thicker and has lots of hair. In another shot, during this chase her arm is shown and it is different. (00:33:50 - 00:34:35)

Revealing mistake: Look carefully at the metal bar with which Arnold secures the doors of the van with the Vet inside. As he bends the bar straight so he can open the doors, it vibrates a little indicating it is a rubber fake. (00:43:15)

Revealing mistake: When the T-X is trying to get Kate out of the car, she rips the door off the truck and pulls Kate out. Kate goes flying through the air and lands on the tarmac. However, if you watch the floor closely just as she lands, you can see that the floor actually wobbles and shakes. It is obviously not real. (00:24:35)

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Revealing mistake: During the opening credits, the Terminatrix steals a woman's car. She uses her mobile phone to dial a number and successfully connect to a computer. However, you can see that the phone has no reception, making a phone call impossible. Battery life is the right hand gauge, and signal strength is the left hand one, with no bars. (00:07:25)

Revealing mistake: At the end of the movie when the missile hits and explodes on the city in the backround we see the buildings closer to the screen (the barn and the small office building) get domolished by the shockwave, but all the trees surrounding these buildings don't even move. (01:41:15)

Revealing mistake: When Arnie body slams the TX into the toilet, the fact that it's a dummy is blatantly obvious, even at full speed. (01:20:15)

Revealing mistake: In the driving scene after the first run in with the TX, the T-850 is driving the truck, John is in the passenger seat, and Kate is locked in the back. The T-850 has to cut open his abdominal area to pull out the nuclear power cell that has been damaged, and dispose of it. In the shot before he begins cutting, you see the T-850's chest is flat as it should be under his shirt. But once you see him begin cutting into his abdominal area, the top of his chest has a ridge. This is an obvious show of the prosthetic chest the actor scoot up against to be as his chest and house the fake skin, metal, and power cell for the scene.

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Revealing mistake: When Arnold is breaking a glass cover to a wall display case in the military base, the glass breaks just before his hand touches it.


Revealing mistake: During the big fight, the female robot turns her body around to face the male terminator. When she turns around, watch her legs as you can see there is nothing in them. They are just pants with no legs in them.

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)

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Terminator: Katherine Brewster? Have you sustained injury?
Kate Brewster: Drop dead, you asshole!
Terminator: I am unable to comply.

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Trivia: When John turns on the magnetic field, the equipment he uses to turn up the power is the throttle of the Saitek X45 with a Cyberdyne plate over the base. (01:22:55)

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Question: In the second Terminator movie, the Terminator says that he can't self-terminate. When the Terminator is trying to defeat T-X, he manages to destroy himself and her in the process. If the Terminator couldn't self-terminate in the second movie, how come the new one could?

Answer: The difference there would be suicide vs sacrifice. In T2, basically what he meant is he could not commit suicide as it was against his programming. They had beat the T-1000 and had won, but it was too dangerous for Terminator to stick around and knew he had to be destroyed. But he could not purposely do it to himself as it was an act of suicide. However in T3, it was a sacrificial move. The goal of his actions was not to destroy himself, it was to take out the TX and prevent her from reaching John. He had to do this by any means necessary and made a sacrifice play by shoving his core into her mouth and blowing them both up. It wasn't suicide this way, it wasn't self termination. He was taking her out but caused himself to be collateral damage.

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Also, after watching that scene again, I'm adding this little tidbit. The Terminator didn't actually die from the thing he did to the TX in that move. If you notice towards the end after the nuclear bombs go off, the fall out ash is falling down around its head and its eyes are still on, slowly fading away. It was badly damaged by its move, but the bombs in the end finished him off.

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Answer: For me, T2 was a lot about machines being able to learn so in T3 when he managed to shut himself down it was because he had learned compassion and not to be just a machine following orders as well as understanding how vital it was that John survived.


Answer: If you listen in the second film, I don't remember if it was cut out of the theatrical film and put back in the extended version or not, John and Terminator are in the desert looking at the guns Terminator says "I have to stay functional until the missions is complete." Once the T1000 is dead Terminator had no other reason to function and thus sacrificed himself. In this film he knows the fuel cell would destroy the TX once that happened his mission was completed and no longer had any real reason to function anyone.

That can't be the case, because by the end of T2 his mission was complete, and he still couldn't self terminate.

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