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Far from Heaven -- In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julianne Moore ... Cathy Whitaker

Dennis Quaid ... Frank Whitaker

Dennis Haysbert ... Raymond Deagan

Patricia Clarkson ... Eleanor Fine

Viola Davis ... Sybil

James Rebhorn ... Dr. Bowman
Bette Henritze ... Mrs. Leacock

Michael Gaston ... Stan Fine

Ryan Ward ... David Whitaker

Lindsay Andretta ... Janice Whitaker

Jordan Puryear ... Sarah Deagan
Kyle Timothy Smith ... Billy Hutchinson (as Kyle Smyth)

Celia Weston ... Mona Lauder

Barbara Garrick ... Doreen
Olivia Birkelund ... Nancy

Stevie Ray Dallimore ... Dick Dawson
Mylika Davis ... Esther
Jason Franklin ... Photographer
Gregory Marlow ... Reginald Carter
C.C. Loveheart ... Marlene

June Squibb ... Elderly Woman
Laurent Giroux ... Man with Mustache
Alex Santoriello ... Spanish Bartender

Matt Malloy ... Red Faced Man
J.B. Adams ... Farnsworth
Kevin Carrigan ... Soda Jerk

Chance Kelly ... Tallman

Declan Baldwin ... Officer #1

Brian Delate ... Officer #2
Pamela Evans Haynes ... Kitty (as Pamela Evans)

Joe Holt ... Hotel Waiter
Ben Moss ... Hutch's Friend
Susan Willis ... Receptionist
Karl Schroeder ... Conductor
Lance Olds ... Bail Clerk

Johnathan McClain ... Staff Member #1
Nicholas Joy ... Blond Boy
Virl Andrick ... Blond Boy's Father
Jezabel Montero ... Hooker (as Jezebel Montero)
Geraldine Bartlett ... Woman at Party
Ernest Rayford ... Glaring Man (as Ernest Rayford III)

Duane McLaughlin ... Jake

Betsy Aidem ... Pool Mother
Mary Anna Klindtworth ... Pool Daughter
Ted Neustadt ... Ron
Thomas Torres ... Band Leader

Blondell Cooper ... Hostess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabrizio Fante ... Hartford Commuter (uncredited)

Ben Hauck ... Refreshments Boy (uncredited)

Michael Linstroth ... Kenny's Brother (uncredited)

Sarah Beth Nelson ... Box Office Ticket Seller (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Hartford Art Buyer (uncredited)
Kristen Vermilyea ... New Year's Eve Party Goer (uncredited)

Jennifer Weedon ... Kissing Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Haynes 
Writing credits
Todd Haynes (written by)

Produced by
Jody Allen .... producer (as Jody Patton)
Declan Baldwin .... co-producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Eric Robison .... executive producer
Bradford Simpson .... co-producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Tracy Brimm .... executive producer (uncredited)
Diane Cornell .... financial line producer (uncredited)
Jean-Charles Levy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Lyons 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
Art Direction by
Peter Rogness 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Christiansen 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... key hair stylist
Hildie Ginsberg .... makeup artist
Michael Kriston .... hair stylist
Elaine L. Offers .... makeup supervisor (as Elaine Offers)
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Eva Polywka .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor
Buzz Koenig .... production manager (as Scott Koenig)
Katie Roumel .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Kristal D. Moseley .... second second assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Alford .... shop craft
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser
Robert Barnett .... camera scenic
Eric Bart .... journeyman
James Boniece .... best boy construction grip
Douglas Bowen .... shop craft (as Douglas M. Bowen)
Paul Candrilli .... construction grip
Ralph Contrado .... journeyman
Michele Corn .... journeyman (as Michele Corn Farrell)
Eva P. Davy .... journeyman (as Eva Davy)
Rena DeAngelo .... assistant set decorator
Alex DiGerlando .... art department production assistant (as Alex Digerlando)
Paul George Divone .... shop craft (as Paul Divone)
James Donahue .... journeyman
Bridget Drummond .... construction tracker
Marcial Garlitos .... shop craft
Alison Gilham .... journeyman
Harvey Goldberg .... set dresser foreman
Charles Goodman .... construction grip
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Tom Grunke .... construction grip
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Joanna Hartell .... set dresser
James Hoff .... journeyman
Dana Hook .... best boy construction grip (as Dana S. Hook)
Bruno Jakob .... paintings by
Janet Kalas .... journeyman
Henry Kaplan .... set dresser
Brad Katz .... paintings by
Lisa Kennedy .... journeyman
Myron Kerstein .... paintings by
Claire Kirk .... art department coordinator
Mort Korn .... construction grip (as Morton Korn)
Gordon Krause .... key shop craft
Rob Landoll .... shop scenic (as Robert Landoll)
Roger Lang .... shop craft
Steven E. Lawler .... shop craft (as Steven A. Lawler)
Elizabeth Linn .... charge scenic
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craft
Michael Loonam .... shop production assistant
Miguel López-Castillo .... assistant art director (as Miguel Lopez-Castillo)
James Maiello .... shop craft
Timothy Main .... shop craft (as Tim Main)
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeff McDonald)
Michael A. McFadden .... construction grip (as Michael McFadden)
Timothy Metzger .... leadman (as Tim Metzger)
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Ronald Miller .... shop craft
Kris Moran .... assistant property master
Don Nace .... scenic foreman
Quang Nguyen .... journeyman
Mel Noped .... construction grip (as Melvin Noped)
Michael O'Dell Green .... journeyman (as Michael D. Green)
Janine Pesce .... set dresser
Romano C. Pugliese .... greensperson (as Romano Pugliese)
Charles Quinlivan .... construction grip
Paul Ramirez .... shop scenic
Malcolm Reid .... shop craft
Lawrence Robinson .... journeyman
James Sadek .... shop craft
Johnny Santiago .... construction grip
Will Scheck .... first greensperson
Elaine Schindler .... journeyman
Mark Paul Selemon .... second greensperson (as Mark Selemon)
Richard A. Sirico .... shop craft
Jennifer Snoeyink .... journeyman (as Jennifer Snoeyink-Moskowitz)
Beth Solin .... journeyman
Jonathan Swain .... greensperson
Robert Vaccariello .... shop craft (as Robert A. Vaccariello)
Holly Watson .... graphics
Thomas White .... shop craft
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser (uncredited)
Stephen Barth .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paul Camarro .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brent Godek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kelley Baker .... supervising sound editor
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Robert Carr .... mix recordist
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... sound editor
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator (as Jeanne L. Gilliland)
Amy Hammer .... operations: Wilshire Stages
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Richard Moore .... sound editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Andy Peach .... mix recordist (as Andrew Peach)
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer (as Frank Renella)
Paul Rodriguez .... operations: Wilshire Stages
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Concha Solano .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Lesly Verduin .... apprentice sound editor
Joe White .... boom operator (as Joseph White Jr.)
James Willetts .... foley recordist
Patrick Winters .... adr and foley editor
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby Sound (as Jim Wright)
Peter Appleton .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Russ Gorsline .... additional adr (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Stolberg .... additional dialogue recording (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Thomas Viviano .... special effects assistant (as Thomas L. Viviano)
Visual Effects by
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Divine Cox .... grip (as Divine T. Cox)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John W. Deblau)
Jay Feather .... second assistant camera
Richie Ford .... rigging best boy (as Richard Ford)
David Franzoni .... best boy electric
Abbot Genser .... still photographer (as Abbott Genzer)
Richard Gioia .... first assistant camera
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Anthony Hecanova .... loader (as Anthony Hechanova)
Paul Kinghan .... shop electric
David Lee .... still photographer
Dave Lowry .... best boy grip (as David F. Lowry Jr.)
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Jim McMillan Jr. .... grip (as James C. McMillan Jr.)
James McMillan .... key grip (as James C. McMillan III)
Charles Meere III .... generator operator
Tom Percarpio .... rigging gaffer (as Thomas Percarpio)
Mark Schwentner .... third electric
Christopher Vaccaro .... grip (as Chris Vaccaro)
Craig Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
Nicky 'Nuckles' Vaccaro .... rigging grip (as Nick Vaccaro)
Peter Colavito .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Micallef .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Melissa O'Brien .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Krista Bogetich .... casting assistant
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Bill Tripician .... extras casting assistant
Ali Farrell .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... set costumer
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Patricia Eiben .... costumer
Joni M. Huth .... tailor
Jessica Jahn .... costume assistant
Dain I. Kalas .... tailor (as Dain Kalas)
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... set costumer
Mary Jo McGrath .... costume coordinator (as M. J. McGrath)
Lisa Padovani .... assistant costume designer
Barbara Presar .... costumer
Tom Soluri .... set costumer
Thomas Stokes .... costumer (as Tom Stokes)
Susan J. Wright .... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Bakula .... costume tailor (uncredited)
Stephanie Biear .... seamstress (uncredited)
John Cowell .... head costume painter (uncredited)
Addie Hall .... costumer (uncredited)
Stacy Havens .... tailor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jack Baierlein .... colorist: video dailies
Kiersten Harter .... second assistant editor
Elizabeth Merrick .... editorial production assistant
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan .... apprentice editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Joe Violante .... dailies processor: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
Shelly Westerman .... associate editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Joe Finley .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Nathan Kaproff .... music contractor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Cynthia Millar .... musician: piano solos
Patrick Russ .... assistant orchestrator
Carl Sealove .... assistant music editor
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer
Warren Sherk .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tommy Allen .... period vehicle coordinator (as Thomas C. Allen)
Robert Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Timothy P. Cassella .... driver
Richard Clark .... driver
Louis Ferraioli .... driver
William R. Hilt .... driver
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
William J. Junior .... driver
Peter Krienbihl .... driver (as Peter A. Kreinbihl)
Salvatore R. Maffei .... driver
Robert 'Bull' Maher .... driver (as Robert Maher)
Jimmy Mahr .... driver (as James Mahr)
Edward Meyers .... driver (as Edward Myers)
Michael B. Russell .... driver (as Michael Russell)
Other crew
Ethan Anderson .... craft service
Anita Boudreaux .... assistant post-production accountant
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
Rich Cairns .... production office intern
Cheyanne M. Casey .... production office intern
David Chambers .... location production assistant
Kevin Chisolm .... stand-in
Mike Currie .... set production assistant
Mark Dornfeld .... titles and opticals: Custom Film Effects
Deb Dyer .... production accountant
Lisa Edmondson .... assistant: Mr. Bernstein
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Lindsay Feldman .... set intern
Katie Feola .... set intern
J. Eric Fisher .... office production assistant
Daniel Garrison .... set intern
Jennifer Gaylord .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Jennifer Gaylord Esq.)
Rhonda George .... assistant production coordinator
Dave Glew .... key production assistant
Reshma Gopaldas .... assistant: Ms. Moore
Kenda Greenwood .... production office intern
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process projection (as William G. Hansard)
Bill Hansard Jr. .... rear screen projection (as William G. Hansard)
Don Hansard .... process projection (as Don Hansard Jr.)
Don Hansard .... rear screen projection (as Don Hansard Jr.)
Jocelyn Hayes .... creative executive: Killer Films
Jeff Hill .... publicist
Beau Holden .... assistant: Mr. Quaid
Jesse Hove .... location production assistant
Sebastian Ischer .... set intern
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Sherman Kaplan .... immigration attorney (as Sherman I. Kaplan)
Eva Karlicki .... cleaning services
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis Katz MD)
Diedre Kilgore .... stand-in
Vince Klein .... stand-in
Ryan Lakenan .... office production assistant
Christine Leaman .... location assistant
Yana Collins Lehman .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Yana Collins)
Erica Levy .... set production assistant
Ana Lombardo .... location coordinator
Lisa Madden .... accounting clerk (as Lisa Marie Madden)
Anabel Manchester .... location intern
Jon Marcus .... production executive: Killer Films
Keira Marcus .... first assistant accountant (as Keira March)
Marlene McCarty .... title design: Bureau
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... film runner (as Raynelle Mensah)
Kellie Morrison .... assistant location manager
Kip Myers .... location assistant
Raymond L. Negron .... set intern (as Ray Negron)
Zerlina Oppenheim .... set intern
Macall B. Polay .... payroll accountant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location assistant
Jonathan Raymond .... assistant: Mr. Haynes (as Slats Grobnik)
Mike S. Ryan .... location manager
Kieran Shea .... location scout
Susan Shin George .... titles and opticals: Custom Film Effects
Nicola Silverstone .... administrator: Square One
Tanya Smith .... assistant: Mr. Haynes (as Checkers Smith)
Karen Koula Sossiadis .... production coordinator (as Koula Sossiadis)
Katina Sossiadis .... production secretary
Brett Spiegel .... production office intern
Susan J. Spohr .... liaison: CFI (as Susan Spohr)
Debbie Stampfle .... set production assistant
Jennifer Stefanon .... film runner
Conrad Tamayo .... production office intern (as Conrad L. Tamayo)
April Taylor .... location assistant
Edward Tejada .... parking coordinator
Ginger Thatcher .... choreographer
Jay Van Hoy .... office manager
Sheri von Seeburg .... researcher (as Sheri Von Seeberg)
Daniel Wagner .... assistant: Ms. Vachon
Derek Wimble .... set production assistant
Daniel Winchester .... film runner
Annie Young Frisbie .... product placement (as Annie Young)
Vikas Bandhu .... production assistant (uncredited)
Travis Blue .... office intern (uncredited)
Michael J. Cargill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Ewing .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randy Manion .... location scout (uncredited)
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... craft service (uncredited)
Dan Frazier .... the producers wish to thank
Craig Gering .... special thanks
Scott Greenstein .... the producers wish to thank
Wendy Haynes .... the producers wish to thank
Pamela Koffler .... acknowledgement: for Killer Films
Joan McAllister .... the producers wish to thank
Phil Morrison .... the producers wish to thank
Steven Raphael .... special thanks
Noah Reibel .... the producers wish to thank
Robin Rosenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Katie Roumel .... acknowledgement: for Killer Films
Michael Silverman .... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Woodward .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language
107 min
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This film was influenced by the work of Douglas Sirk.See more »
Anachronisms: 1961 IBM Selectric typewriter seen in the Magnotronics office.See more »
[Studying a Miró painting]
Raymond Deagan:So, what's your opinion on modern art?
Cathy Whitaker:It's hard to put into words, really. I just know what I care for and what I don't. Like this... I don't know how to pronounce it... Mira?
Raymond Deagan:Miró.
Cathy Whitaker:Miró. I don't know why, but I just adore it. The feeling it gives. I know that sounds terribly vague.
Raymond Deagan:No. No, actually, it confirms something I've always wondered about modern art. Abstract art.
Cathy Whitaker:What's that?
Raymond Deagan:That perhaps it's just picking up where religious art left off, somehow trying to show you divinity. The modern artist just pares it down to the basic elements of shape and color. But when you look at that Miró, you feel it just the same.
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74 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
a great film in both form and content, 10 January 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

`Far From Heaven' is a total artistic triumph for writer/director Todd Haynes, who has, among other things, provided the most brilliant examination of the codes and values of the 1950's that I have ever seen in a film. His work here turns out to be a uniquely exciting and satisfying blend of form and content. The '50's were, of course, a time when `normality' was the condition most honored and prized in American society. To be just like everyone else was not merely the greatest goal to which one could aspire, but it came to define the very value one had as a human being. And woe to anyone who didn't quite fit into those proscribed limits of `acceptability' - for if one didn't, one had to at least keep up the appearance of respectability and conformity for the benefit of society, even if what went on behind closed doors was something quite different from what people on the outside imagined.

The Whitakers are the model of a perfect '50's family. Frank is a handsome, highly successful businessman with a beautiful, well-respected wife, who divides her time between raising their two children, maintaining their lovely suburban home, and spearheading the requisite number of charities for a woman in her position. In fact, she is such an archetype of the ideal housewife that a local society paper has chosen to feature her as one of their profiles. Cathy's perfect life, however, is quickly shattered when she makes the shocking discovery that the husband she loves so dearly is a closeted homosexual, who obviously married her as a means of hiding the truth from both the world and himself. In true '50's fashion, Frank, when Cathy catches him in the act with another man, decides to seek `treatment' from a therapist, in the vain hope that he will be `cured' of his `problem.' These scenes are a jolting and stark reminder of just how far we've come from the days when this unenlightened viewpoint held sway in society. The film also deals with the issue of racism, when Cathy becomes a confidante and friend of a young black man who works as her gardener. When this relationship is noticed by the townspeople, the ugly realities of bigotry and prejudice come to the fore, proving that, even in a place like Connecticut, where no actual laws segregated blacks from whites, the attitudes of the common citizenry were no more enlightened than those that permeated the Deep South.

In a stroke of genius, Haynes has patterned his film after actual 1950's melodramas, particularly those by director Douglas Sirk, whose movies like `Imitation of Life' and `Magnificent Obsession' provided daring (for the times) studies of social issues like racism and May/December romances within the context of what were, essentially, glossy, visually palatable soap operas. Sirk's films are often honored for their ability to inject subtly subversive sentiments into popular, mainstream entertainments. `Far From Heaven' looks exactly like those films, from the color-splashed autumnal setting to the picture-perfect interiors of an upper-middle class home in suburban New England where familial and personal problems appear as out of place as `Leave it to Beaver' would seem if it were on network TV today. The astounding achievement here is that Haynes is both paying homage to and utterly destroying the period at the same time. He succeeds in immersing the audience for nearly two hours in this amazingly recreated world. We come to feel as trapped in the stifling setting as the characters themselves do. Haynes captures with emotional force the sense of helplessness these characters feel at not being able to `measure up' to the demands of their world and the utter sadness and loneliness caused by the fact that they don't even have anyone they can truly open up to and discuss their problems with, for they become instant candidates for rumor-mongering and societal rejection the moment they do. `Keeping up appearances' becomes the sole consideration in such circumstances, leading many people to lead lives of quiet desperation, hidden behind blandly conformist, upbeat exteriors. In our day and age, when people have gone to the other extreme - pouring out their every twisted idiosyncrasy on daytime TV talk shows for the benefit of a sensation-craving audience - it's important to be reminded of how much worse the alternative can be. If nothing else, `Far From Heaven' is a study of the kind of emotional and psychological damage that can be inflicted on an individual when a society encourages repression and conformity at all costs.

As Cathy, Julianne Moore gives a performance that can be called nothing less than overwhelming. She is utterly heartbreaking as a good-natured woman, totally baffled by the curves life is throwing at her, trying to maintain a façade of normalcy and happiness even though inside her psyche has been inexplicably and irrevocably torn to pieces. She wants desperately to figure out where her husband is coming from, but the distance he keeps putting between himself and her precludes any such understanding. Yet Cathy is also a paradoxical figure in that, even though she is struggling to keep her life and marriage appearing `normal' to the outside world, she is subtly undercutting that goal by challenging the status quo in her relationship with Raymond, the gardener. Her genuine revulsion at the racist attitudes she sees around her compels her to act in a way true to her own convictions. Moore does a perfect job conveying every facet of this richly detailed and complex character. It is certainly award-worthy work from one of our very finest actresses. As Frank, Dennis Quaid, in a controlled, restrained and heart-wrenching performance, captures the sadness of a man who wants desperately to live the life he's chosen but who just can no longer fight against the truth of his own nature. In a way, Cathy and Frank's situations are mirror images of one another. Both discover a `love' on the outside of societal norms, yet, because of the personal pain that that love is inflicting on the other partner in the marriage (his for another man and hers for another man, as well), the two hurting people seem unable to perceive that connection they share. These two fine performers turn what might have been just a cold exercise in style into a deeply moving and profoundly meaningful work

Technically, the film is a masterpiece on every level, from its art direction to its costume design to its cinematography. The veteran composer Elmer Bernstein has provided a richly evocative symphonic score, modeled on actual '50's style soundtracks, that brings out the melodramatic richness of the film's many set pieces. Yet, his work here also has a quieter quality, particularly in the subtle piano riff, which reminds us quite a bit of his classic score for `To Kill a Mockingbird.' As a director, Haynes shows himself in total control of his medium, blending all these elements into a complete and satisfying whole.

`Far From Heaven' is really unlike any movie you have ever seen, a fascinating admixture of the old and the modern. It also happens to be one of the very best films of 2002, a true work of art.

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