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Dawn of the Dead -- Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

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George A. Romero (written by)
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Release Date:
24 May 1979 (USA) See more »
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George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest, Dawn of the Dead, is back. See more »
Plot:
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A brilliant, scary, social commentary ****/**** See more (655 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
David Emge ... Stephen

Ken Foree ... Peter

Scott H. Reiniger ... Roger
Gaylen Ross ... Francine
David Crawford ... Dr. Foster
David Early ... Mr. Berman
Richard France ... Scientist
Howard Smith ... TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich ... Givens
Fred Baker ... Commander
James A. Baffico ... Wooley (as Jim Baffico)
Rod Stouffer ... Young Officer on Roof
Jese Del Gre ... Old Priest
Clayton McKinnon ... Officer in Project Apt.
John Rice ... Officer in Project Apt.
Ted Bank ... Officer at Police Dock
Randy Kovitz ... Officer at Police Dock
Patrick McCloskey ... Officer at Police Dock

Joseph Pilato ... Officer at Police Dock (as Joe Pilato)
Pasquale Buba ... Motorcycle Raider
Tony Buba ... Motorcycle Raider
Butchie ... Motorcycle Raider (as 'Butchie')
Dave Hawkins ... Motorcycle Raider
Tom Kapusta ... Motorcycle Raider
Rudy Ricci ... Motorcycle Raider

Tom Savini ... Motorcycle Raider

Marty Schiff ... Motorcycle Raider
Joe Shelby ... Motorcycle Raider

Taso N. Stavrakis ... Motorcycle Raider (as Taso Stavrakos)
Nick Tallo ... Motorcycle Raider
Larry Vaira ... Motorcycle Raider
Sharon Ceccatti ... Lead Zombie
Pam Chatfield ... Lead Zombie
Mike Christopher ... Lead Zombie
Clayton Hill ... Lead Zombie
Jay Stover ... Lead Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Abeln ... Redneck Rifleman That Misses (uncredited)
John Amplas ... 2nd Guy on Roof (uncredited)
Liz Augenstein ... On Air Girl at WGON-TV (uncredited)
Joey Baffico ... Zombie Who Sticks Fingernails Into Roger's Wounded Leg (uncredited)
Ben Barenholtz ... Cowboy Hat Zombie Hit by Sledge (uncredited)
Dave Bartholomew ... Zombie (uncredited)
Greg Besnak ... Long Brown Haired Fu Manchu Mustachioed Zombie hit by Sledge (uncredited)
Rik Billock ... Mall Suit Zombie (uncredited)
Dick Brem ... Short Mustachioed Yellow Collar-Shirted Zombie (uncredited)

Adolph Caesar ... Narrator of Theatrical Trailer (voice) (uncredited)
Zilla Clinton ... Blonde Biker Chick Riding Motorcycle (uncredited)
The Pagans Motorcycle Club ... Various Bikers (uncredited)
Mark 'Whitey' Cooper ... Featured 19 Year Old Blonde Long-Haired Zombie shot in Bikers' Battle (uncredited)
John Cosgrove ... Tall Bearded Zombie Clawing at Mall Door (uncredited)
Susan Cosgrove ... Crosshairs Zombie #3 (uncredited)
Lee Cummings ... Bathing Suit Zombie (uncredited)
Jim Edemensen ... WGON-TV Cameraman (uncredited)
Chet Flippo ... Cowboy Zombie (uncredited)
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ... Featured Elderly Zombie (uncredited)
Christine Forrest ... TV Producer / Elf Zombie / Voice of Monroeville Mall Announcer (uncredited)
Cliff Forrest ... Tony, Man at WGON - TV ('You all right?') (uncredited)
Ingeborg Forrest ... Mall Zombie Wearing Blue Nightgown (uncredited)
Nancy Friedman ... Bandana Girl Zombie (uncredited)
Roy Frumkes ... 1st Pie-In-Face Zombie (uncredited)
Ron Gibson ... Landlord Zombie in Tenement Cellar (uncredited)
Michael Gornick ... Voice of News Reporter on Radio (uncredited)
Barry Gress ... Parking Lot Zombie Knocking Sign Over (uncredited)
John Harrison ... Screwdriver Zombie (uncredited)
Gary Hartman ... Blonde Biker (wearing olive green jacket & black helmet) (uncredited)
George Heake ... Biker with Long Hair (uncredited)
Chuck Hoffman ... Bearded Zombie Outside Gun Store (uncredited)
Michael James ... Bald Zombie in Bikers' Battle (uncredited)
Jeannie Jefferies ... Blonde Zombie Who Attacks Roger in Truck (uncredited)
Susan Kilmartin ... Yellow-Green Striped Shirt Zombie (uncredited)
Vic Kleinman ... Charlie Parker - WGON-TV Typist who hands out notes to Francine (Francine's Ex-Husband) (uncredited)
Katherine Kolbert ... Brunette Biker Chick Throwing Pies and Cakes (uncredited)
Walt Kravo ... Bearded Zombie Who Bites Moonbaby's Neck (uncredited)
Jim Krut ... Helicopter Zombie (uncredited)
Tommy Lafitte ... Miguel, The Zombie (uncredited)
Ralph Langer ... Green Collared-Shirted Zombie in Ice Skating Rink (uncredited)
Robert Langer ... Mustachioed Plaid-Shirted Zombie eating Bikers' flesh (uncredited)
Maxine Lapiduss ... Redhead Zombie Outside J.C. Penny (uncredited)
Ellen Lauren ... Mall Rooftop Zombie (uncredited)
Ed Letteri ... Long-Haired Man by Door at WGON-TV (uncredited)
Lenny Lies ... Machete Zombie (uncredited)
Michael Lies ... WGON-TV Sideburns Man Wearing Vest (uncredited)
Barbara Lifsher ... Mary 'Chickie' / Blonde Biker Chick Driving Van (uncredited)
Frank Mamone ... Biker (uncredited)
Nicholas Mastandrea ... Mall Zombie Outside Gun Store (uncredited)
Molly McCloskey ... Lovely Woman at WGON - TV ('My turn for the coat.') (uncredited)
Doug Mertz ... Preppie Zombie - 2nd Pie-In Face (uncredited)
Robert V. Michelucci ... Bearded Scope Zombie / Zombie Who Attacks Mousey (uncredited)
Bob Miller ... Funeral Zombie Wearing Three-Piece Suit (uncredited)
Ken Nagin ... Pendant Headband Biker - with Axe (uncredited)
Jack Pappalardo ... Lead Zombie - Bach's Arco Pitcairn Pitcher (uncredited)

Jeff Paul ... Biker Who Shoots Flyboy (uncredited)
John Paul ... Bald Zombie - Airport Chart House (uncredited)
Charlie Peters ... Bearded White Collared Shirted WGON-TV Crew Member (wearing glasses) / WGON-TV Crew Member who gives Foster bunny ears (uncredited)
Donald Pollock ... Zombie in Parking Lot (uncredited)
Sukey Raphael ... Red Poncho Zombie - 3rd Pie-In Face (uncredited)
E. Butler Richards ... Zombie (uncredited)
Russell L. Richards ... Zombie (uncredited)
Cindy Roman ... Blue Bandana Biker Chick riding with White Headband Biker (uncredited)
Lenny Roman ... White Headband Biker riding Harley Motorcycle (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... TV Director / Nick - Biker in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)
Donald Rubinstein ... Roger's Zombie Attacker in Parking Lot (uncredited)
Donna Savini ... Zombie Girl in Airport Chart House (uncredited)
Mike Savini ... Zombie Boy in Airport Chart House (uncredited)
Frank A. Serrao ... Fat Grey-Suited Zombie (uncredited)
Gina Sestak ... Longhaired Glasses Zombie Entering Our Heroes' Mall Hideout (uncredited)
Warner Shook ... Security Guard Zombie Who Attacks Stephen in Mall Basement (uncredited)
Donna Siegel ... Beautiful Dark Haired Light Brown Bloused Woman heading out door at WGON-TV (uncredited)
Stephen M. Silverman ... Zombie (uncredited)
Ralph Tallo ... Stephen's Grey Suited Airport Zombie Attacker (hit by sledgehammer) (uncredited)
Milt Thompson ... Checkered Shirted Zombie who attacks Stephen in Elevator (3rd Elevator Zombie Attacker) (uncredited)
Jeanette Lansel Vaira ... Biker Chick (uncredited)
Bobbi Van Eman ... Beautiful Curly Haired Female WGON-TV Technician Behind TV Station Employee (uncredited)
Sara Venable ... Leotard Zombie Hit by Sledge (uncredited)
Vincent Vok ... WGON - TV Station Employee (uncredited)
Billie Walters ... Biker Chick (wearing brown headband) (uncredited)
Vickie Walters ... Biker Chick (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Soldier in Apartment Project (uncredited)
Laura Ziemba ... Ice Skating Rink Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
George A. Romero (written by)

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... A Laurel Group Production in association with
Alfredo Cuomo .... A Laurel Group Production in association with
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
Donna Siegel .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Dario Argento 
Goblin  (as The Goblins)
Agostino Marangolo (uncredited)
Massimo Morante (uncredited)
Fabio Pignatelli (uncredited)
Claudio Simonetti (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gornick (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero 
Dario Argento (recut version) (uncredited)
 
Casting by
John Amplas 
 
Set Decoration by
Josie Caruso 
Barbara Lifsher 
 
Costume Design by
Josie Caruso 
 
Makeup Department
Nancy Allen .... make up assistant
Ted Bank .... second assistant makeup artist
Joseph A. Campayno .... second assistant makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Jeannie Jefferies .... make up assistant
John Amplas .... second assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Greg Besnak .... makeup artist: Lee Cummings (uncredited)
Randy Kovitz .... second assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Joseph Pilato .... second assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Joe Shelby .... second assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Zilla Clinton .... production manager
Jay Stover .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christine Forrest .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Eberle .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Tony Buba .... sound recordist
Tony Buba .... sound
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Dior)
Robert Williams .... boom man
 
Special Effects by
Don Berry .... explosive effects
Tom Savini .... makeup & cosmetic special effects
Gary Zeller .... explosive effects
 
Visual Effects by
Arthur J. Canestro .... consultant
 
Stunts
Leonard DeStefans .... stunt driver: truck
John Konter .... stunt driver: truck
Tom Savini .... stuntman
Carl Scott .... stunt driver: truck
Taso N. Stavrakis .... stuntman (as Taso Stavrakis)
Benjamin Meade .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Savini .... stunt double: Jeannie Jefferies (uncredited)
Tom Savini .... stunt double: Larry Vaira (uncredited)
Marty Schiff .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Shelby .... stunts (uncredited)
Taso N. Stavrakis .... stunt double: Nancy Friedman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Augenstein .... lighting
Dan Bertha .... grip
Bradley Drumheller .... grip
Tom Dubensky .... assistant cameraman
Cliff Forrest .... key grip
Katherine Kolbert .... still photography
Lenny Lies .... grip
Nicholas Mastandrea .... key grip (as Nick Mastandrea)
Clayton McKinnon .... grip
Ken Nagin .... grip
Daniel Silk .... grip
Tom Wholey .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ellen Hopkins .... casting assistant
Michael Lies .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michèle Martin .... wardrobe (as Michele Martin)
Michael Lies .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant editor (Italian edition)
Kenneth Davidow .... assistant editor
Otto Paoloni .... advisor: Technicolor
Joe Violante .... advisor: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dario Argento .... composer: additional soundtrack
Goblin .... original sound track (as The Goblins)
Giorgio Agazzi .... music recordist (uncredited)
Pierre Arvay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert Chappell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roland de Cande .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
DeWolfe .... music publisher (uncredited)
Gordon Grant .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Don Harper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Don Harper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Lemel .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Agostino Marangolo .... musician: drums, percussions, piano (uncredited)
Antonio Marangolo .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Phil May .... musician: lead vocals (uncredited)
Peter Merrick .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Massimo Morante .... musician: guitar, bass, mandolin (uncredited)
Keith Papworth .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Simon Park .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician: bass and acoustic guitar (uncredited)
John Povey .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Carlo Rustichelli .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Derek Scott .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Claudio Simonetti .... musician: keyboards, organ and violin (uncredited)
Barry Stoller .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Dick Taylor .... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Reg Tilsley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eric Towren .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack Trombey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Cliff Twemlow .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Tommy Walker .... musician: bugle (uncredited)
Wally Waller .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank A. Serrao .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dario Argento .... script consultant
Leslie Augenstein .... production assistant
Ben Barenholtz .... distribution consultant
Jim Barger .... mall security
Barth Bartholomae .... helicopter pilot
Billy 'Silver Dollar' Baxter .... presenter (as Billy Baxter)
Jean Bertl .... titles
Sharon Ceccatti .... production assistant
James Chai .... titles
Francine Davidoff .... publicity assistant
Margarida Delgado .... production assistant
Diane Donati .... slate
Charles Forman .... production accounting
Renée Furst .... publicist (as Renee Furst)
Jose Gallardo .... titles (as Jose V. Gallardo)
Clayton Hill .... weapons coordinator
Ed Letteri .... production assistant
Karen Levy .... titles
Dan Lupovitz .... production assistant
Alberto Piferi .... additional dialogue: Italian edition
John Rice .... continuity
Herbert R. Steinmann .... presenter
Vincent D. Survinski .... business manager (as Vince Survinski)
Bill Wagner .... mall liaison
Diane Westerman .... production assistant
John Amplas .... stand-in (uncredited)
Donna Siegel .... assistant: Mr. Rubinstein (uncredited)
Larry Vaira .... biker wrangler (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Cox .... produced with the cooperation of
Marvin Lieber .... produced with the cooperation of
Miguel Lisenberg .... produced with the cooperation of
Alvin Rogal .... produced with the cooperation of
Frank Rubinstein .... produced with the cooperation of
Irvin Shapiro .... produced with the cooperation of
Max Toberoff .... produced with the cooperation of
Susan Vermazen .... produced with the cooperation of
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead" - UK (closing credits title), USA (complete title)
"The Zombies" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
127 min | Germany:156 min (Ultimate Final Cut) | Italy:119 min (Dario Argento's European Version) | Spain:115 min | USA:128 min (DVD version) | USA:139 min (Extended Version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (German prints) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2004) | Chile:14 (video rating) | Denmark:16 | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | France:-16 | France:X (original rating) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) | Norway:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) (uncut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:Unrated | USA:R (original rating) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:(Banned)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Emge speculates that Scott H. Reiniger's slide between the escalators was a motivation for putting bumps at the bottom of the escalators, to discourage other people from trying the stunt. He refers to them as "The Reiniger Bump".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Roger is supposedly putting gas in the helicopter, he actually has the nozzle stuck in a footstep used for climbing up and inspecting the engine. The step has a spring-loaded cover that swings inward. The gas nozzle is simply stuck inside the cover.See more »
Quotes:
TV Director:[referring to Dr. Foster] Get that guy off the air!
Camera man:What the hell's going on?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hide and Creep (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Scarey 1See more »

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105 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant, scary, social commentary ****/****, 26 September 2001
Author: Linkin65000 from A Shopping Mall

Dawn of the Dead- ****/****

George A. Romero's masterful classic is least of anything a film about zombies. "Dawn of the Dead" is thinly disguised as a zombie gore flick, but it is really three things. 1. A cultural statement portraying racism, angst, counter-culture and degradation. 2. An account of human bonding and human reaction to different environments, harsh and eclectic. 3. Least of this trio, it is a black comedy. Rather, it contains dark comedic elements.

Somewhere early along in the film, I looked past the initial plot of four strangers hiding in a mall from hordes of zombies swarming the world, as the government attempts to find a solution to the chaotic massacres. Peter Washington (Ken Foree) is the strong, black, courageous SWAT team member who rises above the other three protagonists to become their leader. Steven Andrews (David Emge) is the somewhat timid and hesitant traffic reporter, lover of the pregnant Francine (Gaylen Ross). Ostensibly hapless and useless, Francine is actually a valuable aide to the quartet. Last, is the resourceful and daring Roger (Scott H. Reiniger).

From where I left off, I overlooked the premise of the quartet defending themselves from hordes of flesh-eating monsters and instead saw thoroughly fleshed out character personalities, bonds, and interactions. Throughout the movie's length, we learn to genuinely love these guys; Roger is so smooth and fun, easily likeable, Peter is quiet, warm-spirited, and reliable, Steven and Francine are charming. We knows them like our friends and heroes, so when they are attacked by the ferocious zombies, the suspense is so nerve-wracking and our hearts beat so rapidly because we really care about the four protagonists and could not bear to watch them die. They started off as strangers and parted as companions. Also, it is very interesting to watch how they monopolized the mall, how, in the beginning, they slept on cold hallway floors, constantly keeping watch. Later, they eliminated the threat, dined in the mall's fancy restaurant, ice skated on the mall's link, visited the gun shop for weapons, slept in rooms with beds, dressers, televisions, and other luxuries. This is an accurate representation of how it is human nature to manipulate and survive through alien atmospheres. I found that vision ingenious.

Another brilliant message the film brings attention to regards the 1970-decade. I found that like "Pulp Fiction," "Dawn of the Dead" captures the spirit of its era. The racism, tumult, riots, counter-culture, degradation are all well represented here. The film shows SWAT teams, complete with racist officers, who kill for fun, raiding an unruly group of Hispanics and Blacks, hillbillies heading out in troops to battle zombies for sport, mercenaries and vigilantes running wild, all events indistinguishable from incidents in the 70's. Perhaps the most disturbing and ironic "70's incident" in the movie involves raiding gangs of bikers who explode into the mall, mirthfully slaughtering zombies (not that that is an offense) and vandalizing stores, stealing jewelry, guns, clothes, and everything they can find; whereas our heroes took only their necessities. What happens next is very scathingly satirical and ironic. In between the battle for the survival of the human species, the bikers find it necessary to start their own little civil war amongst the not-so-numerous survivors. They hunt down both zombies and our good guys; a perfectly timed paradoxical and cynical scene. Just like the battles between non-conformists and conventionalists during the 1970's and 1960's, when America was on the brink of disaster, this cinematic revolution is hard-hitting, gut wrenching, and very real. One fascinating facet of the movie is how the audience learns to disregard the now "minor" threat of the slow-moving zombies (a bullet or incision to the head will do the job). At this point, one would not even notice that this film had the slightest relevance to the horror genre. Instead, we fear the vicious bikers, a bigger threat, villains with swords and guns. This time, the suspense and uneasiness detonates, for there is a much greater chance of death for the heroes. I found the scariest part of the movie was the deterioration of the planet during the zombie apocalypse; how the human species' decline is morbidly presented effectively and expertly by George A. Romano.

However, a refreshing sense of black humor is tossed in towards the middle of the film. Zombies attempt to walk up escalators, ice skate, and explore their surroundings, with chuckles as the result of their clumsiness. One biting laugh comes when Steven explains to Francine why all these creatures have returned to the mall. "Instinct, memory. This was an important place in their lives," he points out.

And of course, there are many, many thrills and chills. This film isn't very "jump-out-from-the dark-with-a-chainsaw" scary, but more disturbing and extremely tense, because we actually care about our characters and don't want them to die. The movie is unpredictable in this aspect, unlike slashers where you are guessing who the one survivor is and how the others die. As the zombies close in, we plead, "Don't die, don't die!"

I have two minor complaints with this film. My biggest one is that the movie seems to carry on forever, the way "Goodfellas" did. Despite the brilliance I felt enraptured with, I kept asking myself, "When will this movie end?!?" However, I realize that Romano could not have trimmed any more scenes without damaging the potency of his work. Also, the gore was at times just too much. For instance, the exploding head scene was revolting, and most of all, the intestinal feeding scene when a biker is torn apart was repulsive; I couldn't watch as his guts were graphically shown ripping apart.

Aside from those two unfortunate aspects, I strongly encourage you, rather you HAVE to, watch "Dawn of the Dead." Thrilling and suspenseful thanks to extremely distinct characters, whose fate you hope a happy one, and grippingly socially relevant, this is a unique horror, or really of all genres, treasure.

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