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Big Trouble in Little China ()


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A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiance from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.

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Jack Burton
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Gracie Law
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Wang Chi
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David Lo Pan
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Egg Shen
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Margo
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Eddie Lee
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Thunder
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Rain
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Lightning
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Miao Yin
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Uncle Chu
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Needles
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Joe Lucky
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One Ear
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White Tiger (as June Kim)
Noel Toy ...
Mrs. O'Toole
Jade Go ...
Chinese Girl in White Tiger
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Pinstripe Lawyer
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Chang Sing #1
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Chang Sing #2
Kenny Endoso ...
Chang Sing #3 (as Ken Endoso)
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Chang Sing #4
Gary Toy ...
Chang Sing #5
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Chang Sing #6
Jimmy Jue ...
Wounded Chang Sing
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Sewer Monster
Danny Kwan ...
Chinese Guard
Min Luong ...
Tara
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Chinese Gambler (as Paul Lee)
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Wing Kong Hatchet Man
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Wing Kong Hatchet Man
William S. Wong ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man (as Willie Wong)
Eric Lee ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Yukio G. Collins ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Bill M. Ryusaki ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Brian Imada ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Nathan Jung ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Dan Inosanto ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man (as Daniel Inosanto)
Vernon Rieta ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Daniel Wong ...
Wing Kong Security Guard
Daniel Lee ...
Wing Kong Security Guard (as Daniel Eric Lee)
Lia Chang ...
Female Wing Kong Guard
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Female Wing Kong Guard (as Dian Tanaka)
Donna L. Noguschi ...
Female Wing Kong Guard
Shinko Isobe ...
Female Wing Kong Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William B. Snider ...
Customs Agent (scenesDeleted)
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Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)
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Priestess (uncredited)
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Street Person (uncredited)
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Chang Sing Member (uncredited)
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Chang Sing Fighter in Ally (uncredited)
Bill Saito ...
Wing Kong Hatchet Man (uncredited)
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Wing Kong Man - Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Carpenter

Written by

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Gary Goldman ... (written by) &
David Z. Weinstein ... (written by)
 
W.D. Richter ... (adaptation)

Produced by

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Keith Barish ... executive producer
Larry Franco ... producer (as Larry J. Franco)
Jim Lau ... associate producer
James Lew ... associate producer
Paul Monash ... executive producer

Music by

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John Carpenter
Alan Howarth

Cinematography by

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Dean Cundey

Film Editing by

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Steve Mirkovich
Mark Warner
Edward A. Warschilka

Editorial Department

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Nancy Froelich ... assistant editor
David Jansen ... apprentice editor
J.W. Kompare ... assistant editor
Ronald B. Moore ... effects editorial consultant (as Ronald Moore)
Steven Ramirez ... first assistant editor (as Steven E. Ramirez)
Ed Stabile ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Joanna Merlin

Production Design by

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John J. Lloyd

Art Direction by

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Les Gobruegge

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson ... (as George R. 'Bob' Nelson)

Costume Design by

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April Ferry

Makeup Department

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Ken Chase ... makeup supervisor
Steve Johnson ... special makeup effects
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist (as Susan Kalinowski)

Production Management

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James Herbert ... unit production manager
George E. Mather ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Matt Earl Beesley ... second assistant director
Larry Franco ... first assistant director
Tommy Lee Wallace ... second unit director

Art Department

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Brent Boates ... production illustrator
Richard L. Cowitt ... assistant property master (as Richard Cowitt)
James M. Davis ... construction foreman (as Jim Davis)
Craig Edgar ... set designer
David Evans ... assistant property master
Kent H. Johnson ... property master
David Jonas ... production illustrator
Donald Krafft ... lead man
Johnny Lattanzio ... construction coordinator (as John Lattanzio)
James Lew ... martial arts choreographer
Larry McGuire ... lead man
Richard Morgan ... construction foreman
Ken Scaife ... construction foreman
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator
Steven Schwartz ... set designer (as Steve Schwartz)
Mark Siegel ... sculptor
Ed Verreaux ... production illustrator (as Edward Verreaux)
John Villarino ... construction foreman
Ron Ashmore ... paint gang boss (uncredited)
William 'W' Gilpin ... carpenter (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle ... scenic/signwriter (uncredited)
Steven Kerlagon ... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Dave Margolin ... painter (uncredited)
Brieann Rich ... construction medic (uncredited)
Mark Sparks ... propmaker (uncredited)
Drew Struzan ... poster artist (uncredited)
Mike Villarino ... propmaker (uncredited)
Frank White ... laborer (uncredited)
Christopher Windisch ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Don J. Bassman ... re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Joseph F. Brennan ... boom operator
Thomas Causey ... sound mixer
Kevin F. Cleary ... re-recording mixer
Monika Dorfman-Lightstone ... special sound effects editor
Dean Drabin ... foley mixer
Martin Dreffke ... special sound effects editor
David Fechtor ... special sound effects editor (as David A. Fechtor)
William Hartman ... sound effects supervisor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Laja Holland ... special sound effects editor
Pieter Hubbard ... sound effects editor
David M. Ice ... sound effects editor (as David Ice)
Lenny Jennings ... sound effects editor
Eric Lindemann ... sound effects editor (as Eric Lindeman)
Gary Macheel ... sound synthesist
Anthony Milch ... special sound effects supervisor
Richard Overton ... re-recording mixer
Glad Pickering ... adr editor
David A. Poole ... assistant adr editor (as David Poole)
Robert Renga ... sound recordist
Steve Rice ... adr editor
Hank Salerno ... supervising adr editor
Hal Sanders ... sound effects editor
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Darcy Vebber ... boom operator (as Darcey Vebber)
Bill Voigtlander ... adr editor (as Bill Voightlander)
David Williams ... special sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Stanley Amborn ... special effects assistant
Randy Cabral ... special effects technician
James Fredburg ... special effects foreman
Adam Gelbart ... modelmaker
Cathe Jones ... special effects assistant (as Cathe B.)
James Kagel ... creature crew (as Jim Kagel)
Thaine Morris ... special effects foreman
Joseph A. Unsinn ... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Unsinn)
Greg C. Jensen ... special effects (uncredited)
Crit Killen ... creature crew (uncredited)
Olov Nylander ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Jeff Rand ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Michael Backauskas ... visual effects optical line-up
Mat Beck ... camera operator: visual effects crew (as Matt Beck)
Peter Berman ... first assistant photographer: visual effects crew
Dale Brady ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Kevin Brennan ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Theresa Burkett ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Roberto Carlos ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Craig Caton ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Craig Clark ... special effects animator
Charles Cowles ... optical camera operator
Ken Diaz ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Richard Edlund ... visual effects producer
Robert Eyslee ... gaffer: visual effects crew
Alex R. Felix III ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Ed Felix ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Eric Fiedler ... first technician: Boss Film Studios
Eddie Garcia ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Screaming Mad George ... first technician: Boss Film Studios
Alan Harding ... optical camera operator
Rebecca Heskes ... technical animator (as Rebecca Petrulli Heskes)
George Jenson ... visual effects art director (as George Jensen)
Steve Johnson ... creature creator: Boss Film Studios
Ed Jones ... optical line-up
James Kagel ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Dave Kesley ... creature shop coordinator: Boss Film Studios
Makio Kida ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Neil Krepela ... matte department supervisor
Brad Kuehn ... optical line-up
Ron MacInnes ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios (as Ron Macinnes)
Mary Mason ... optical coordinator
Dave Matherly ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Dennis Michelson ... visual effects editor
Virgil Mirano ... still photographer: visual effects crew
Bill Neil ... director of photography: visual effects crew
James Nelson ... production advisor: visual effects crew
Lisa Nielsen ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Roberto Olivas ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Chris Regan ... optical supervisor: visual effects crew
Richard Ruiz ... chief effects moldmaker: Boss Film Studios
Wayne Strong ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Annick Therrien ... technical animation supervisor
Lynda Thompson ... visual effects production supervisor
Patrick Van Auken ... grip: visual effects crew
Paul Van Camp ... software programmer
Garry Waller ... special projects supervisor
Mary E. Walter ... optical line-up
Mark Bryan Wilson ... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Randy Algoe ... visual effects (uncredited)
Crit Killen ... molder (uncredited)
Sam Longoria ... engineer/machinist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Kelly Akai ... stunts
T.K. Anthony ... stunts
Simone Boisseree ... stunts
Janet Brady ... stunts
Thomas Bruggemann ... stunts (as Tom Bergman)
David Cadiente ... stunts
Phil Chong ... stunts
Chuck Clarke ... stunts
Bob K. Cummings ... stunts (as Robert Cummings)
Debbi A. Davison ... stunts
Eddy Donno ... stunts
Ellarye ... stunts
George Endoso ... stunts
Kenny Endoso ... stunt coordinator
Ken Fritz ... stunts
Mark Giardino ... stunts
Kent Hays ... stunts
Jeff Imada ... stunts
Bobby Itaya ... stunts
Denise Kellogg ... stunts
Conan Lee ... stunts
Gary McLarty ... stunts
Ginger K. Miyazaki ... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson ... stunts (as James Nickerson)
Sherri Nickerson ... stunts
Beth Nufer ... stunts
Bill Saito ... stunts
Steve Santo ... stunts
Dennis Scott ... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Hayward Soo Hoo ... stunts
Leland Sun ... stunts
Tamiko ... stunts
Joe Tornatore ... stunts (as Joe A. Tornatore Jr.)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Michael Washlake ... stunts (as Mike Washlake)
Dean Wein ... stunts
Jack West ... stunts (as Jack S. West)
Eddie Wong ... stunts
Harry Wong ... stunts
Joseph K. Wong ... stunts
Tommy J. Huff ... truck stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Clyde E. Bryan ... first assistant camera
Ron Cardarelli ... key grip (as Ronald Cardarelli)
Jack Cooperman ... underwater director of photography
Larry D. Davis ... second assistant camera
John Donnelly ... best boy
J. Barry Herron ... underwater director of photography
Gary B. Kibbe ... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
George La Fountaine Jr. ... best boy
Thomas Marshall ... best boy
Steven Poster ... director of photography: second unit (as Steve Poster)
John R. Shannon ... still photographer
Raymond Stella ... camera operator (as Ray Stella)
Steve Tate ... first assistant camera
Mark Walthour ... gaffer
Charles Williams ... company grip (as Charles 'Tex' Williams)
Stefanie Wiseman ... film loader
Billy Craft ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Glenn Chaika ... animator (as Glen Chaika)
Margaret Craig-Chang ... assistant animator
Deborah Gaydos ... assistant animator (as Deborah Ann Gaydos)
Renee Holt ... assistant animator
Jeff Howard ... animator
Mauro Maressa ... animator
Samuel E. Recinos ... technical animator (as Samuel Recinos)
Peggy Regan ... animator
Eusebio Torres ... assistant animator
Kevin Kutchaver ... animator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Pamela Guest ... casting associate (as Pamela Rack)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Oda Groeschel ... set costumer
Paul Lopez ... costumer: men
Michele Neely ... costumer: women
Lois DeArmond ... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Muto-Little ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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John Bush ... location manager: San Francisco
Steven Shkolnik ... location manager: Los Angeles (as Steve Shkolnik)

Music Department

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Scott Grusin ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Steve Duncan ... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator
Rick Braverman ... driver (uncredited)
Dean E. Mason ... driver: cast (uncredited)
Julio Salazar ... production driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Susan Alpert ... production assistant (as Sue Alpert)
Christine Baer ... secretary to producer
Linda Brachman ... production consultant
Dale Brady ... creature crew
Kevin Brennan ... creature crew
Theresa Burkett ... creature crew
Allen Cappuccilli ... assistant: Ronald Moore
Roberto Carlos ... creature crew
Craig Caton ... creature crew
Kim-Kasey Costello ... assistant: Mr. Monash
Dan Curry ... title designer
Theresa Curtin ... assistant: Mr. Franco and Mr. Carpenter
Ken Diaz ... creature crew
Ken Dudderar ... precision cinetechnician
Al Ebner ... unit publicist
Alex R. Felix III ... creature crew (as Alex Felix)
Ed Felix ... creature crew
Eric Fiedler ... film technician
Paulette C. Fine ... production accountant (as Paulette Fine)
Eddie Garcia ... creature crew
Mary Sutton Hallmann ... production coordinator
Adam Hill ... creature effects moldmaker: Boss Films / puppeteer: Boss Films
Sandra Holden ... production secretary
Jerry Jeffress ... electronics
Steve Johnson ... creature design
David P. Kelsey ... creature shop coordinator
Makio Kida ... creature crew
Sandy King ... script supervisor
Harry Kohoyda Jr. ... production accountant (as Harry Kohoyda)
Daniel Kwan ... marketing coordinator
Jim Lau ... martial arts consultant
Robin Dean Leyden ... electronics
Ron MacInnes ... creature crew (as Ron Macinnes)
Dave Matherly ... creature crew
Mark Matthews ... precision cinetechnician
Lesa Nielsen ... creature crew
Roberto Olivas ... creature crew
Pat Repola ... laboratory technician
Artist W. Robinson ... production consultant (as Artist Robinson)
Mindy Rothstein ... production administrator
Richard Ruiz ... chief effects mold maker
Dana Miller Schornstein ... assistant production coordinator
Jon Schreiber ... production assistant
Mark Siegel ... creature maker / puppeteer
Peter J. Silbermann ... marketing supervisor
Wayne Strong ... creature crew
Gary Weddington ... assistant auditor
Mark West ... design engineer
Charles Whiteman ... chief engineer
Robert Wilcox ... electronics
Claire Wilson ... assistant: Richard Edlund
Mark Bryan Wilson ... creature crew
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
Adam Hill ... fiberglass statue caster: Paramount Studios (uncredited) / set sculptor/plasterer/caster: Fox Studios (uncredited)
Michael Parkhurst ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines Adventure doesn't come any bigger! See more »
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Also Known As
  • John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (United States)
  • Ghost Hunters (Japan, English title)
  • Les aventures de Jack Burton dans les griffes du Mandarin (France)
  • Golpe en la pequeña China (Spain)
  • Velika guzva u Kineskoj cetvrti (Yugoslavia, Croatian title)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,723,211, 06 Jul 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kurt Russell confessed on the DVD commentary that he was afraid of starring in the movie, because he had made a string of movies that flopped at the box-office. When he asked John Carpenter about it, he told Kurt that it didn't matter to him - he just wanted to make the movie with him. See more »
Goofs During the fight between the two Chinese gangs, Jack and Wang are sitting in the truck's cabin. But in external shots of the truck, there's nobody inside. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004). See more »
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Quotes Jack Burton: When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."
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