Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (also referred to as Terminator 3 and T3) is a 2003 American science fictionaction film[3] directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. It is the third installment in the Terminator film series, following Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It does not involve James Cameron, who directed and wrote the first two films. The plot follows the events of the second installment. 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 finds him.

Directed by Jonathan Mostow
Produced by
  • Mario Kassar
  • Andrew G. Vajna
  • Joel B. Michaels
  • Hal Lieberman
  • Colin Wilson
Screenplay by
  • John Brancato
  • Michael Ferris
Story by
  • John Brancato
  • Michael Ferris
  • Tedi Sarafian
Based on Characters
by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Starring
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Nick Stahl
  • Claire Danes
  • Kristanna Loken
Music by
  • Marco Beltrami
  • Themes by:
  • Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Don Burgess
Edited by
  • Nicolas de Toth
  • Neil Travis
Production
company
  • IMF Internationale Medien und Film[1]
  • C2 Pictures[1]
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures(United States)
  • Columbia Pictures(International)
Release date
  • July 2, 2003
Running time
109 minutes[2]
Language English
Budget $187.3 million ($167.3 million excluding production overhead)
Box office $433.4 million