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Surviving Christmas ()


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A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

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Drew Latham
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Tom Valco
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Alicia Valco
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Christine Valco
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Brian Valco
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Doo-Dah
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Missy Vangilder
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Heinrich
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Horace Vangilder
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Letitia Vangilder
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Dr. Freeman
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Doo-Dah Understudy
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Kathryn
John 'B.J.' Bryant ...
Cabbie (as John BJ Bryant)
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Suit
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Levine the Lawyer
Tumbleweed ...
Santa
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Santa's Photographer
Bridgette Ho ...
Five Year Old
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Little Girl
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Older Brother
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Freeman Twin
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Freeman Twin
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Marley
Bill Saito ...
Christmas Past
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Christmas Present (as Michael Patrick Bell)
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Fanny
Josh Siegel ...
Young Scrooge (as Joshua Siegel)
K. Troy Zestos ...
Chad
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Security Lady
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Security Man
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Deli Man
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Customer
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Cute Girl at Play
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Man Wrapping Gift
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Lonely Lady
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Depressed Donator
William Thomas Jr. ...
Choir Director
Karen Furno ...
Choir
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Choir
Cynthia Marty ...
Choir
Melanie Taylor ...
Choir
Precious McCall ...
Choir
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Choir
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Choir
Reynaldo Duran ...
Choir
Michael Kosik ...
Choir
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Elf
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Elf
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Elf
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Arnie (uncredited)
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Steve (uncredited)
Katy Maloney ...
Crazy Airport Traveler (uncredited)
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Janitor (uncredited)
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Flight Attendant (uncredited)
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Husband Baking Cookies (uncredited)
Oral Sledge ...
Outdoor Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
Denice Storey ...
Window Shopper (uncredited)
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Shopper (uncredited)
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Shopper (uncredited)
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Wife Baking Cookies (uncredited)
Brigitte Wulf ...
Shopper (uncredited)
Nicholas Zobel ...
Choir (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Mitchell

Written by

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Deborah Kaplan ... (story) &
Harry Elfont ... (story)
 
Deborah Kaplan ... (screenplay) &
Harry Elfont ... (screenplay) and
J.R. Ventimilia ... (screenplay) (as Jeffrey Ventimilia) &
Joshua Sternin ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Erin Stam ... associate producer
Betty Thomas ... producer
Jenno Topping ... producer
Patricia Whitcher ... executive producer

Music by

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Randy Edelman

Cinematography by

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Peter Lyons Collister ... director of photography (as Peter Collister)
Tom Priestley Jr. ... director of photography (as Tom Priestly Jr.)

Film Editing by

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Craig McKay

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Martin Cohen ... post-production executive
Sven E. Fahlgren ... post-production coordinator
Rolf Fleischmann ... first assistant editor
Fernanda Gliatta ... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Adam Hernandez ... assistant editor
Steve Porter ... final colorist
Joëlle Taar ... conforming editor
Dana E. Glauberman ... additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juel Bestrop
Jeanne McCarthy

Production Design by

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Caroline Hanania

Art Direction by

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Sue Chan

Set Decoration by

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Lisa Fischer

Costume Design by

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Mary Jane Fort

Makeup Department

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Tammy Ashmore ... key makeup artist
Cheryl Eckert ... hair stylist
Tony Gardner ... special makeup effects artist
Kim Greene ... makeup department head (as Kimberly Greene)
John E. Jackson ... makeup artist: Mr. Affleck
Suzi Ostos ... makeup artist
Janine Rath ... hair stylist: Mr. Affleck (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
Marsha Shearrill ... makeup artist
Bradley Stenson ... additional makeup artist: Chicago
Melissa Yonkey ... hair department head (as Melissa A. Yonkey)
K. Troy Zestos ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Jo Dee Freck ... post-production supervisor
Don J. Hug ... unit manager
Leeann Stonebreaker ... production supervisor
Patricia Whitcher ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David M. Bernstein ... first assistant director: second unit
Marcei A. Brown ... second assistant director (as Marcei A. Brubaker)
Doug Coleman ... second unit director: Mammoth unit
Marisa Ferrey ... second second assistant director
Josh King ... first assistant director
Richard S. Lederer ... second assistant director
Jody Spilkoman ... second unit key second assistant director
Brent Stanton ... dayplayer second second assistant director

Art Department

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Richard J. Bell ... greens gangboss
Robert Bernard ... graphic designer
Craig Bernatzke ... propmaker foreman
Robert J. Carlyle ... construction coordinator
David Corral ... greensman
Michael D'Imperio ... props
Jimmy Flores ... set construction foreman
Thomas J. Glynn ... set dresser
Antoinette J. Gordon ... set designer
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt ... stand-by painter
Mark Kudra ... set dresser
Barbara Lange ... assistant production designer
Elizabeth Lapp ... set designer
Gary Metzen ... painter
Tony Miller ... plasterer
Martin Milligan ... on-set dresser
Christopher Morente ... greensperson
Fleur Nooyen ... set buyer
Tom Osman ... set carpenter
Troy Osman ... construction foreman
Tyler Osman ... construction coordinator: Chicago
Steve Seine ... leadman (as Steven Seine)
Gary Stel ... propmaker gang boss
Marc Tantin ... propmaker
David Tennenbaum ... assistant art director: location
Rebecca Young ... art department coordinator
Jack White ... food stylist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer
Justin Cruse ... sound recordist
Ryan Darden ... assistant sound editor
Andrew Ellerd ... sound effects editor
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Eric Flickinger ... sound recordist
Dylan A. Flores ... adr mixer (as Diana Flores)
Patrick J. Foley ... sound editor
Terry Garcia ... assistant sound editor
Phil Hadaway ... sound recordist
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
David Jobe ... foley mixer
Adam Johnston ... sound effects editor
Lisa J. Levine ... supervising adr editor
Linda Lew ... foley recordist
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator
Robert Morrisey ... sound assist
Brian Thomas Nist ... sound effects editor
Philip Rogers ... adr recordist
Robert Gravenor ... sound mixer (uncredited)
David Raines ... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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William Dambra ... special effects
Dominik Dugandzic ... special effects technician
Jeff Frink ... special effects foreman
Tony Gardner ... special effects set-pieces
Rodman Kiser ... special effects
John Rigden ... special effects
Tom Ryba ... special effects coordinator
Bruce A. Strong ... special effects
Ray Svedin ... special effects technician
Matt Jordon ... special effects: set-pieces (uncredited)
Pete Levin ... special effects set-pieces: assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Will Cunningham ... effects animator
Kent Demaine ... creative supervisor: Black Box Digital
Karin Levinson ... visual effects executive producer: Black Box Digital
Paul Luna ... compositor
Will Robbins ... visual effects supervisor: Black Box Digital (as William Robbins)
Mark Russell ... visual effects producer: Black Box Digital
Jay Holben ... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Joey Box ... stunts (as Joe Box)
Charlie Brewer ... stunts
Terri Cadiente ... stunts
Doug Coleman ... stunt coordinator
Eliza Coleman ... stunts
Darrell Davis ... stunts
Danny Downey ... stunts
Rosemary Gearheart ... stunt double
Troy Gilbert ... stunts
Tad Griffith ... stunts
Leigh Hennessy ... stunts
Lisa Hoyle ... stunt double: Christina Applegate
Terry Jackson ... stunts
Rick Le Fevour ... stunt coordinator: Chicago (as Rick LeFevour)
Matthew LeFevour ... stunts: Chicago (as Matt LeFevour)
Brian Machleit ... stunt coordinator / utility stunts
James R. Mammoser ... stunts: Chicago (as Jim Mammoser)
Tom McComas ... stunt double: Ben Affleck
Tom Milanovich ... stunts: Chicago
Linda Perlin ... stunts: Chicago
James Ryan ... stunts / utility stunts
Charles A. Tamburro ... aerial stunt helicopter pilot
Pete Turner ... stunt rigger
Rich Wilkie ... stunts: Chicago

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stuart Abramson ... key grip
Adam Barth ... video assist operator
Mike Cahoon ... assistant camera
Makiko Carlson ... assistant camera (as Makiko Watanabe)
Pam Connor ... first company grip
Ronald De Torres ... lighting console programmer (as Ronald K. De torres)
Will Dearborn ... camera loader
Josh Denering ... rigging grip
Valeska Difrieri ... grip
Alan R. Disler ... first assistant camera
Doug Ednie ... lighting technician
Moose Enright ... electrician (as Thomas Enright)
Steve Francis ... electrician
Chris Glomp ... electrician
Michael Goldman ... rigging best boy grip
Jennifer Ann Henry ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse ... key grip
Shane D. Kelly ... gaffer
Paul Lambiase ... rigging grip
Frederick Lawrence ... grip
Scott W. Leftridge ... dolly grip
Patriq Luo ... electrician
Glen Magers ... lighting console programmer
Jeff Manimbo ... assistant camera
Peter Mercurio ... camera operator: "a" camera
Duane Mieliwocki ... assistant camera
Dave Muskeni ... rigging electrician
Daniel Nichols ... first assistant camera: second unit, Mammoth
Flemming Olsen ... director of photography: second unit, Mammoth
Ben Peiny ... grip
Miro Pokorny ... electrician
Dan Schroer ... camera loader: Chicago
Mark Suveg ... key video assist operator
Monte Swann ... video playback operator
Keith Talley ... key rigging grip
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Scott Thiele ... electrician
Rick Thomas ... co-gaffer
Tommy Tieche ... assistant camera
Henry Tirl ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Jon R. Tower ... chief lighting technician
Christopher Warren ... rigging electrician
David Yellin ... rigger
Robert M. Sagaser ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Natasha Cuba ... casting assistant
Cicely D. Harris ... extras casting coordinator: Chicago
Joan Philo ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gala Autumn ... costume supervisor
Steve Constancio ... set costumer
Karan Doherty ... costumer
Gretchen Gain ... costumer
Jill Korengold ... key set costumer
Meg Matthews ... costumer: Mr. Affleck
Sukari McGill ... costumer
Ángela Núñez ... key costumer

Location Management

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Michael Chickey ... assistant location manager
Wileen Dragovan ... location manager: Chicago
Mark A. Freid ... key assistant location manager
Carrie Goodman ... location scout
Rosa Yang Kato ... assistant location manager
Martha Lafage ... assistant location manager
Javier Robles ... assistant location manager
Michael Soleau ... key assistant location manager
Veronique Vowell ... location manager
John David Wolfe ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Elton Ahi ... music scoring mixer
Stuart Balcomb ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Joseph S. DeBeasi ... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Ralph Ferraro ... orchestrator
Todd Homme ... executive music supervisor
Lisa Jaime ... music editor: scoring & final dub
Michelle Kuznetsky ... music supervisor
Mary Ramos ... music supervisor
John Rodd ... score recordist
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor
Ben Schor ... apprentice music editor
Tom Villano ... music editor
Julie Butchko ... music clearance (uncredited)
Vincent A. Villanueva ... music clearance (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael Allegro ... production van driver operator
Karen Chang Ambrose ... transportation office coordinator (as Karen K. Chang)
Denny Caira ... transportation coordinator
Tyler W. Gaisford ... driver: cast
Mike Shannon ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Alexa Alden ... script supervisor
H. Leah Amir ... key craft service
Jeremy Beiermann ... office production assistant: Chicago
Tommy Bernard ... office production assistant
Benjamin T. Brammeier ... office production assistant: Chicago
Chad Bronson ... third assistant accountant
Ericka Bryce ... production medic
Jules Carideo ... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Selena Carrillo ... production secretary (as Selena Pivac)
Chay Carter ... assistant: Mr. Affleck
Kaiser Clark ... assistant: Mr. Mitchell
Ingrid Coree ... body double
Bennett DeCarlo ... set production assistant
Ray Felipe ... script researcher
Trixie Flynn ... assistant: Mr. Gandolfini
Rosemary Gearheart ... stand-in
Eric Glasser ... key set production assistant
Matthew Gordon ... production assistant
Kristin Graham ... production assistant
Noelle Green ... production office coordinator (as Noelle Chapin)
James Hinton ... assistant accountant
Annie Jablonski ... production assistant (as Annie Schultz)
Teresa Jaime Drapkin ... payroll accountant
C. David Jones ... production assistant
Todd Kaufman ... assistant: Ms. Thomas
Joseph Keideth ... security: Mr. Affleck, Keideth & Associates
Steve Kraus ... dailies projectionist
Nicole Luther ... set production assistant: second unit
Alyssa Mauney ... assistant: Mr. Mitchell
Barbara Ken McNeill ... assistant: Ms. Whitcher
Debbie Merritt ... assistant production office coordinator
Steven R. Molen ... production executive
Molly O'Haver ... production assistant
Catherine Pittman ... animal coordinator
Denise Anderson Poore ... production assistant
Stefan Rand ... production assistant
Bobby Ravanshenas ... assistant to cast
Chris Romberg ... first assistant accountant
Kevin Roy ... production assistant: re-shoots
Kevin Roy ... set production assistant: re-shoots
Michelle Schrauwers ... set production assistant
Josh Siegel ... assistant: Ms. Topping (as Joshua Siegel)
Louise Spencer ... unit publicist
Sheri St Lawrence ... second assistant accountant
Paula Stier ... office production assistant: Chicago
Lora Umphress ... payroll accountant: Chicago
Duffey Westlake ... stand-in
Colin Woode ... assistant: Mr. Applegate
Lynnanne Zager ... adr loop group (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

It's the Christmas season. Wealthy Chicago ad executive Drew Latham has long avoided the family traditions of Christmas, but has dreaded being alone on the actual day. So when his tropical Christmas vacation with girlfriend Missy Vangilder falls through with Missy breaking up with him in the process, Drew, in going through some self-therapy, decides what he really needs is to relive the memorable Christmases from his childhood, which includes spending time with his parents and younger brother. As that is not possible, he decides to rent a family, namely ones he's never met before, the Valcos - husband and wife Tom and Christine and their teenaged son Brian - who now live in Drew's childhood home in suburban Chicago. Tom initially wants nothing to do with Drew until an exorbitant sum of money is involved, all written in a contract which expires at the end of Christmas day. What Drew is initially unaware of, or what he chooses to remain ignorant about, is that the Valcos are going through their own family problems, which are only exacerbated by Drew's presence. For the Valcos, the questions become whether they can endure Drew's stay until the end of Christmas day, and if they can if the money will solve their family problems. In the process, Drew may come to an admission to himself of what he wants in life and perhaps how best to achieve it. The achieving it may be difficult if he doesn't fully know that life, and as external forces come into play to complicate matters. Written by Huggo

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Taglines This year, Christmas comes early. Really early. Like... October 22nd. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Famille à louer (France)
  • Wie überleben wir Weihnachten? (Germany)
  • Jingle Bells - Eine Familie zum Fest (Germany)
  • Sobreviviendo a la Navidad (Spain)
  • Przetrwac swieta (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Box Office

Budget $45,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,441,356, 24 Oct 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $3,130,468

Did You Know?

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Trivia The production was shot without a completed script. As a result, there were many delays and arguments over what to shoot. James Gandolfini admitted, in a behind the scenes interview, that most of the film was "improvised". See more »
Goofs There are no mountain ranges, such as the one depicted, within hundreds of miles of Chicago. However, it's possible that Drew, with his resources, "whisked" the family away to Colorado for the day. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 'Surviving Christmas': Unwrapping the Comedy (2004). See more »
Soundtracks It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year See more »
Quotes Drew Latham: Please! Please, let me stay here!
Tom Valco: No!
Drew Latham: I'll pay you.
Tom Valco: My family's not for sale, pal.
Drew Latham: I'll pay you $250,000!
Tom Valco: Welcome home, son.
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