The Terminator Summary
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The Terminator Summary

Summary and Analysis

The Terminator begins with a flashback to Los Angeles in 2028 A.D. The city is completely dark. Machines are shining spotlights and shooting bullets into the rubble. As a slow bulldozer moves through the streets, it crushes the bones of the dead. A written message displays onto the screen; it says:

"The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades...

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