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Close Encounters of the Third Kind ()


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After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from... See more »

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Roy Neary
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Claude Lacombe (as Francois Truffaut)
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Ronnie Neary
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Jillian Guiler
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David Laughlin
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Project Leader
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Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Farmer
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Jean Claude
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Barry Guiler
Shawn Bishop ...
Brad Neary
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Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss ...
Toby Neary
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Robert
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Team Leader
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Major Benchley
Amy Douglass ...
Implantee
Alexander Lockwood ...
Implantee
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Ike
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Mrs. Harris
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Ohio Tolls
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Larry Butler
Michael J. Dyer ...
Himself (as Rev. Michael J. Dyer)
Roger Ernest ...
Highway Patrolman
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Military Police
F.J. O'Neil ...
ARP Project Member (as F. J. O'Neil)
Phil Dodds ...
ARP Musician
Randy Hermann ...
Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Hal Barwood ...
Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Matthew Robbins ...
Returnee #3 Flt. 19
David Anderson ...
Air Traffic Controller
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Air Traffic Controller
Craig Shreeve ...
Air Traffic
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Air Traffic
Roy E. Richards ...
Air East Pilot
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Hawker
Eumenio Blanco ...
Sunburned Old Man
Daniel Nunez ...
Federale
Chuy Franco ...
Federale
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Federale
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Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen ...
Radio Telescope Team
Cy Young ...
Radio Telescope Team
Tom Howard ...
Radio Telescope Team
Richard Stuart ...
Truck Dispatcher
Bob Westmoreland ...
Load Dispatcher
Matt Emery ...
Support Leader
Galen Thompson ...
Special Forces
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Special Forces
John Ewing ...
Dirty Tricks #1
Keith Atkinson ...
Dirty Tricks #2
Robert Broyles ...
Dirty Tricks #3
Kirk Raymond ...
Dirty Tricks #4
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Scientist (uncredited)
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Longly (uncredited)
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Himself - Smoking Pipe at Landing Site (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ...
Special Forces Commander / Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Shay McLean ...
Speaking Child Extra (uncredited)
Dejah Moore ...
Receptionist (uncredited)
Carl Neal ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Agent (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Agent (uncredited)
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UN Observer (uncredited)
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Special Forces-Hazmat (uncredited)
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Howard K. Smith (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Spielberg

Written by

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Steven Spielberg ... (written by)
 
Hal Barwood ... () (uncredited)
 
Jerry Belson ... () (uncredited)
 
John Hill ... () (uncredited)
 
Matthew Robbins ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Clark L. Paylow ... associate producer (as Clark Paylow)
Julia Phillips ... producer
Michael Phillips ... producer

Music by

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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Vilmos Zsigmond ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Kahn ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Charles Bornstein ... assistant film editor
Bob McMillian ... color consultant (as Robert M. McMillian)
Geoffrey Rowland ... assistant film editor
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter (uncredited)
Ron Lambert ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Shari Rhodes
Juliet Taylor ... (as Juliette Taylor)

Production Design by

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Joe Alves

Art Direction by

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Daniel A. Lomino ... (as Dan Lomino)

Set Decoration by

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Phil Abramson

Makeup Department

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Edie Panda ... hairdresser
Bob Westmoreland ... makeup supervisor
Dave Ayres ... creature crew (uncredited)
Ellis Burman Jr. ... extraterrestrial mask fabrication (uncredited)
Thomas R. Burman ... extraterrestrial mask fabrication (uncredited)
Frank Griffin ... extraterrestrial mask designer (uncredited)
Gary Morris ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sharleen Rassi ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Clark L. Paylow ... unit production manager (as Clark Paylow)
Ronald L. Schwary ... unit production manager: additional scenes (uncredited)
Baba Shaikh ... production manager: India (uncredited)
John Veitch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jim Bloom ... second assistant director
Charles Myers ... assistant director (as Chuck Myers)
Matthew Robbins ... second unit director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Eric Stacey ... key second assistant director (uncredited)
Jerry Ziesmer ... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)

Art Department

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Sam Gordon ... property master
George Jenson ... production illustrator (as George Jensen)
Bill Parks ... construction manager
Stan Cockerell ... set dresser (uncredited)
David Coleman ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Ralph McQuarrie ... conceptual artwork (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Neil Burrow ... sound effects editorial staff
Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamesa)
Richard Friedman ... dialogue editorial staff (as Dick Friedman)
Sam Gemette ... sound effects editorial staff
Gary S. Gerlich ... sound effects editorial staff
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
David M. Horton ... sound effects editorial staff (as David Horton)
Bill Jackson ... assistant dialogue staff
Stephen Katz ... sound supervisor: Dolby (as Steve Katz)
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald ... sound effects editorial staff
Robert A. Reich ... assistant dialogue staff
Jack Schrader ... supervising dialogue editor
Chester Slomka ... sound effects editorial staff (as Chet Slomka)
Frank E. Warner ... supervising sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
Raul A. Bruce ... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed Golya ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian ... foley editor (uncredited) / supervising re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roy Arbogast ... special mechanical effects
Carlo Rambaldi ... realization of "extraterrestrial"
Bob Baker ... alien marionette (uncredited)
Wayne Beauchamp ... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Borgese ... special effects (uncredited)
Kevin Pike ... special effects (uncredited)
Dell Rheaume ... mechanical effects: extraterrestrial masks (uncredited)
Robert Short ... alien designer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Larry Albright ... special consultant
Peter Anderson ... special consultant (credited)
Mona Thal Benefiel ... project coordinator
Richard L. Bennett ... special consultant (as Richard Bennett)
David Berry ... camera operator (as Dave Berry)
Carol Boardman ... animation staff
Eleanor Dahlen ... animation staff
Cy Didjurgis ... animation staff
Don Dow ... laboratory technician
Jim Dow ... model shop coordinator (as J. Richard Dow)
Ken Ebert ... special consultant
Glenn Erickson ... project assistant
Eugene Eyerly ... camera operator
Rocco Gioffre ... assistant matte artist
David Gold ... effects electrician
Joyce Goldberg ... production secretary
Robert Hall ... optical photography
David R. Hardberger ... assistant cameraman (as David Hardberger)
Alan Harding ... assistant cameraman
Jack Hinkle ... laboratory expeditor (as Charles Hinkle)
Robert Hollister ... technician
Thomas Hollister ... laboratory technician (as Tom Hollister)
Paul Huston ... special consultant
Joseph A. Ippolito ... editorial assistant (as Joseph Ippolito)
Don Jarel ... matte photography
Jerry Jeffress ... electronics design (as Jerry L. Jeffress)
Gregory Jein ... chief model maker
David Jones ... special consultant (as David M. Jones)
Kevin Kelly ... special consultant
Tom Koester ... animation staff
Jim Lutes ... special consultant
Michael McMillen ... model maker
Gregory L. McMurry ... visual effects technician
Bill Millar ... animation staff
Alvah J. Miller ... electronics design
Harry Moreau ... animator
Conne Morgan ... animation staff
Max Morgan ... camera operator (as Maxwell Morgan)
Barbara Morrison ... effects negative cutter
Dennis Muren ... mothership photography
Bruce Nicholson ... assistant cameraman
Ron Peterson ... camera operator
George Polkinghorne ... mechanical special effects
George Randle ... special consultant
Marcia Reed ... still photography (as Marcia Reid)
Peter Regla ... electronics design
Ray Rich ... key grip
Eldon Rickman ... camera operator
Richard Rippel ... assistant cameraman
Larry Robinson ... special visual effects coordinator
Peggy Rosson ... production accountant
John Russell ... camera and mechanical design
Jeff Shapiro ... special consultant
Robert Shepherd ... project manager: effects unit
Dan Slater ... electronics design
Steven Spielberg ... visual effects concepts
Scott Squires ... assistant cameraman
David K. Stewart ... UFO photography (as Dave Stewart)
Robert Swarthe ... animation supervisor
Ken Swenson ... model maker (as Kenneth Swenson)
Don Trumbull ... camera and mechanical design
Douglas Trumbull ... special photographic effects
Jor Van Kline ... model maker
Robert E. Worthington ... model maker (as Robert Worthington)
Hoyt Yeatman ... project assistant
Matthew Yuricich ... matte artist
Richard Yuricich ... director of photography: photographic effects
Larry Albright ... mothership neonlight effects designer (uncredited)
Peter Anderson ... additional model photography (uncredited) / model and minature electronics (uncredited)
Don Baker ... additional effects photography (uncredited)
Thane Berti ... visual effects (uncredited)
Kathryn Campbell ... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Leslie Ekker ... animator (uncredited)
Mike Peed ... animation photography (uncredited)
Christopher S. Ross ... model maker (uncredited) (1980 special edition: mothership interior)
Jonathan Seay ... visual effects camera (uncredited)
Scott Squires ... developer: cloud tank (uncredited)
Mitch Suskin ... model maker (uncredited)
Robert Swarthe ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited) (1980 special edition: inside mother ship)

Stunts

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Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator
Henry Kingi ... stunt driver
Denny Arnold ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Bass ... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Powers ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John A. Alonzo ... additional director of photography (as John Alonzo)
Jim Coe ... still photographer
William A. Fraker ... director of photography: additional American scenes
Earl Gilbert ... gaffer
László Kovács ... additional director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)
'Fast' Eddie Mahler ... video technician
Nick McLean ... camera operator
Steven Poster ... director of photography: second unit (as Steve Poster)
Douglas Slocombe ... director of photography: India sequence
Peter Sorel ... still photographer (as Pete Sorel)
Pete Turner ... still photographer
Michael C. Butler ... additional photography (uncredited) (1980 special edition: inside mother ship)
Richard E. Cunha ... additional photography (uncredited)
Allen Daviau ... additional photography (uncredited) (1980 special edition: Gobi Desert sequence)
Jim Dickson ... additional photography (uncredited)
Norman Lang ... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Laurance ... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz ... additional photography: second unit (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Frank Stanley ... additional director of photography (uncredited)
Robin Vidgeon ... focus puller: India (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Chic Waterson ... camera operator: India (uncredited)
Joseph Freyer Westheimer ... additional photography (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sally Dennison ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James Linn ... wardrobe supervisor (as Jim Linn)

Location Management

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Joe O'Har ... location manager
Steve Warner ... location auditor

Music Department

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John Neal ... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited) / oboe soloist (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba soloist (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Angela Morley ... additional orchestrator (uncredited) / composer: additional music (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombones (uncredited)
Tom Raney ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
George Roberts ... musician: bass trombone soloist (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich ... vocalist: harmonic chanting (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jim Self ... musician: tuba, voice of the mother ship (uncredited)
Bud Shank ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tony Terran ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... choir contractor (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate ... musician: trombones (uncredited)
Jerry Williams ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
John Williams ... conductor (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Bill Bethea ... transportation
Chris Haynes ... production driver (uncredited)
Mike Phillips ... camera truck driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Carol Bidault ... production assistant
Judy Bornstein ... second assistant to producers
Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor
Patrick Burns ... production staff (as Pat Burns)
Colin Cantwell ... technical dialogue
Kendall Cooper ... assistant to producers
Al Ebner ... publicist
H.L. Edwards ... during the filming of all animal sequences, Veterinarian of Gillette, Wyoming was in attendance at all times to aid the filmmakers and the anesthetist in proper treatment of the animals used
Rick Fields ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Janet Healy ... production staff
J. Allen Hynek ... technical advisor (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
Dan Perri ... title designer
Gail Siemers ... production secretary
Murray Weissman ... publicist
Seth Winston ... intern: AFI
Noreen Beasley ... dialogue translator: French for F. Truffaut (uncredited)
Norman Brokaw ... production counsel (uncredited)
Norman Garey ... production counsel (uncredited)
Steve Hinton ... pilot (uncredited)
Pat Kingsley ... publicist (uncredited)
Jim Titus ... album art direction (uncredited)
Kevin Von Feldt ... assistant: Clark Paylow (uncredited)

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Johnny Mathis ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, incorporates the Kodály method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response, in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals in Muncie, Indiana who experience some paranormal activity before some flashes of bright lights in the sky, which they believe to be a UFO. Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw, unlike some others, especially in some form of authority, who refuse to acknowledge their belief that it was a UFO in not wanting to appear crazy. That obsession both for Roy and Jillian is ratcheted up a notch when they begin to have a vision of a mound with vertical striations on its side as a key to what is going on. While the obsession negatively affects Roy's life as he knows it in its entirety, Jillian knows she has to find the answer as to its meaning, especially as it relates to her only child, three year old Barry Guiler, who may be more attuned to what is happening than the adult figures around him. These two stories have the potential to intersect if Roy and Jillian can discover where they've seen that mound before, and if they can overcome what they believe to be the lies perpetrated by those in authority in covering up what is going on. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE See more »
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Also Known As
  • Watch the Skies (United States)
  • CE3K (United States)
  • The Special Edition: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (United States)
  • The Close Encounter of the Third Kind (United States)
  • Rencontres du troisième type (France)
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Runtime
  • 138 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $303,788,635

Did You Know?

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Trivia During the dinner scene just before Roy piles on the mashed potatoes, you can hear the little girl say, "There's a dead fly in my potatoes." This was unscripted and almost caused the rest of the cast to laugh. The scene was kept as-is. See more »
Goofs In the climatic ending the first alien, a tall and spindly creature crawls out of the huge "mother" ship's opening, then stands up spreading its long arms out wide. It's a very memorable and dramatic cinematic entrance with the film's score adding to the grandeur. The smaller aliens come out and stand in line, then greet the humans. We do not see the first tall alien again in the film and in all released versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. However, Spielberg's intent was to show a racially diverse group of aliens aboard the ship, as evidenced by the final alien who communicates with Lacombe, who is also a physically different character than the tall and small aliens. The tall alien was not meant to resemble a spider, but was referred to by the production team as the "Jesus alien" because of its arms-out gesture. There were originally supposed to be three of them, joining hands in that position and creating more shimmering lights. The production team simply could not make this work. This alien was a marionette, and it was very difficult to film without the strings showing. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Dream (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Chances Are See more »
Crazy Credits In the 1980s special edition, the new musical edition features the end credits different, then the fades into well after the end credits to the black screen. See more »
Quotes Project Leader: He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him.
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