Feature Film, Released between 1996-01-01 and 1996-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Lepa sela lepo gore (1996)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.7
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At the Belgrade army hospital, casualties of Bosnian civil war are treated. In the hospital they remember their youth and the war. Two young boys, Halil, a Muslim, and Milan, a Serb, have ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Dragojevic | Stars: Dragan Bjelogrlic, Nikola Kojo, Dragan Maksimovic, Zoran Cvijanovic

Votes: 12,975

2. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

8.2
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83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 577,976 | Gross: $16.50M

3. Tian mi mi (1996)

118 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang, Kristy Yeung

Votes: 4,002

4. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 549,288 | Gross: $24.61M

5. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 80,448 | Gross: $24.48M

6. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 33,085 | Gross: $13.42M

7. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

7.9
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76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 55,975 | Gross: $4.04M

8. Seven Servants (1996)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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Seven Servants

Directors: Stefan Jonas, Daryush Shokof | Stars: Anthony Quinn, David Warner, Sonja Kirchberger, Alexandra Stewart

Votes: 673

9. Hamlet (1996)

PG-13 | 242 min | Drama

7.8
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet

Votes: 33,689 | Gross: $4.41M

10. Suwarôteiru (1996)

148 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Chara, Ayumi Itô, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 3,051

11. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 47,940 | Gross: $35.81M

12. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 159,301 | Gross: $56.12M

13. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.6
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71 Metascore

An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey

Votes: 24,592 | Gross: $2.92M

14. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochran makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 108,577 | Gross: $92.00M

15. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 172,715 | Gross: $49.10M

16. Ma jiang (1996)

121 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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When a well known businessman goes missing, owing $100m to Taipei's underworld, two hoods decide to follow his son, the leader of a youth gang. A small group of trendy foreigners gets caught up in the action.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Nick Erickson, Kaizô Hayashi, Elaine Jin

Votes: 852

17. Beautiful Thing (1996)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson

Votes: 21,001 | Gross: $1.50M

18. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 25,781 | Gross: $13.27M

19. Beyond Silence (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music

7.5
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Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Votes: 3,854 | Gross: $0.17M

20. The Apartment (1996)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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A recently engaged man sees a former lover and becomes obsessed with meeting her again.

Director: Gilles Mimouni | Stars: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 12,623

21. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 116,827 | Gross: $108.77M

22. Tian ya hai jiao (1996)

109 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Where is the end of the world? A rich girl diagnosed with leukemia wants to follow a sailor friend to St Kilda, Scotland to find out...but first she must search him out, who is missing.

Director: Chi-Ngai Lee | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Kelly Chen, Michael Wong, Hing-Hang Chan

Votes: 349

23. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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58 Metascore

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

Votes: 288,646 | Gross: $134.07M

24. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.4
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65 Metascore

Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,932 | Gross: $1.01M

25. Hard Core Logo (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.4
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A group of washed-up Canadian punk rockers get back together for a road trip in memory of a dear friend who was supposedly shot, or so rumors imply. As they travel, they ignore the underlying psychological darkness within each other.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Hugh Dillon, Callum Keith Rennie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Bernie Coulson

Votes: 2,431 | Gross: $0.02M

26. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 163,016 | Gross: $78.65M

27. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 46,228 | Gross: $3.80M

28. Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.4
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75 Metascore

A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director: Anjelica Huston | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 3,822

29. The Whole Wide World (1996)

PG | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger, Ann Wedgeworth, Harve Presnell

Votes: 3,069 | Gross: $0.14M

30. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 5,277 | Gross: $0.55M

31. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 69,986 | Gross: $4.51M

32. Some Mother's Son (1996)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »

Director: Terry George | Stars: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,346 | Gross: $0.61M

33. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 80,744 | Gross: $20.19M

34. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 218,373 | Gross: $153.95M

35. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

7.3
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48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 254,419 | Gross: $25.75M

36. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,275 | Gross: $0.40M

37. Captain Conan (1996)

129 min | Drama, War

7.3
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The war exploits of French captain Conan and his men during World War I and during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, Catherine Rich

Votes: 1,723

38. Box of Moon Light (1996)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking ... See full summary »

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount

Votes: 4,935 | Gross: $0.72M

39. Big Night (1996)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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80 Metascore

New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Larry Block

Votes: 14,949 | Gross: $11.88M

40. Hollow Reed (1996)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »

Director: Angela Pope | Stars: Sam Bould, Martin Donovan, Ian Hart, Joely Richardson

Votes: 988 | Gross: $0.06M

41. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 34,695 | Gross: $0.22M

42. Trees Lounge (1996)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior, Bronson Dudley

Votes: 12,532 | Gross: $0.70M

43. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 256,466 | Gross: $103.05M

44. Mother Night (1996)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Anthony J. Robinow, Michael McGill

Votes: 4,620 | Gross: $0.39M

45. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 27,233 | Gross: $11.09M

46. Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what ... See full summary »

Director: John Greyson | Stars: Ian D. Clark, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux

Votes: 2,484 | Gross: $0.22M

47. Hamsun (1996)

Not Rated | 159 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Anette Hoff, Gard B. Eidsvold

Votes: 1,329

48. Djöflaeyjan (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

Votes: 938 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Beautiful Girls (1996)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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64 Metascore

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 29,422 | Gross: $10.60M

50. The War at Home (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama

7.1
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Haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War, a young man returns home and has trouble adjusting back to civilian life, his family and his stern father.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Votes: 2,099 | Gross: $0.04M


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