80s Movies: The Year Was 1983! Part II

Now, where were we… (See Part I) Ah! Here are the cinema honorable mentions of this great year.

25. Twilight Zone — The Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow and Kathleen Quinlan. Fantasy-science fiction horror

I like a movie that makes me jump! This movie will make that happen for you! Remember the famous series episode with William Shatner? Here is John Lithgow’s take on that same sketch. Both men do an excellent job! =D
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28. The Outsiders (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Leif Garrett. Drama

I had to read this S.E. Hinton book in junior high. I did not like reading SCHOOL books and then seeing the movie, but I made an exception here. The all star cast is amazing in this film. One of my favorite 80s films.
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33. The Right Stuff (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Jane Dornacker, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum and Kim Stanley. Drama

A great astronaut movie about the Mercury Seven. If you like movies that are based upon true events, this is your film!
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34. Cujo (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter. Horror/thriller

Stephen King knows how to scare people out of their seats! He succeeded in making me jump out of mine with this rabid dog!
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35. Christine (Columbia Pictures) starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky and Harry Dean Stanton. Horror/thriller

Stephen King frightens us again, but this time with a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine! =O
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39. A Christmas Story (MGM) starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. Christmas comedy

Ralphie and his pursuit for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas is a riot! It has become a family favorite at my home. I highly recommend this film!!
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41. Valley Girl (Orion Pictures) starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink and Elizabeth Daily. Romantic Comedy

This beloved film had popular catch phrases as “Gag me with a spoon” and “Like totally!” The soundtrack is pretty awesome as well!
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42. All the Right Moves (20th Century Fox) starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson and Lea Thompson. Drama

As far as teen movies go, this high school football film is a must see! This is Tom Cruise at his best.
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45. Richard Pryor Here and Now (Columbia Pictures) stand up comedy

Richard Pryor is a comedian who is often vulgar and profane. If you like this kind of entertainment, he will not disappoint…
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48. Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (Paramount Pictures) starring Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong, Hans Van In’t Veld, Carol van Herwijnen and Shireen Strooker. Comedy/music

The state of Washington recently passed the marijuana law… I can’t help but think these guys would be so proud! LOL
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49. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (Universal Pictures) starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Musical/sketch comedy

This movie is hysterical, but I grossed out at this scene. The look on this guys face was comparable to mine! This sketch stood out for me. How could it not?
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50. Educating Rita (Columbia Pictures) starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Drama/comedy

This is about a working class girl wanting to better herself with the help of this professor. Who ends up helping who in this award winning film?
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70. The Man With Two Brains (Warner Brothers) starring Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner. Science fiction comedy

Steve Martin is an absolute riot in this film! With a name like Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, how could it not be FUNNY? =D
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77. Strange Brew (MGM) starring Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley and Lynne Griffin. Comedy

The Canadian McKenzie brothers will have you saying, “Eh!” and laughing out loud before this film is done! Cheech & Chong are smokin’, but Bob and Doug are all about the beer! Eh!
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I hope you have enjoyed this preview into some of the great films of 1983. Get your popcorn, candy and soda ready. Pick some of these wonderful classics and have yourself a movie night. Enjoy!

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80s Movies: The Year Was 1983! Part I

Are you ready for another round of great movies from the 80s? Here are the top Box Office SMASHES and their ranking for the year, 1983.

1. Return of the Jedi (20th Century Fox) starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Frank Oz. Science Fiction

This is my ALL TIME FAVE Star Wars movie!
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2. Terms of Endearment (Paramount Pictures) starring Shirley MacLaine (she won the best actress Oscar for her role in this film, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson (best supporting actor Oscar for him), Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow. Drama

This movie won the Oscar for best picture.
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3. Flashdance (Paramount Pictures) starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. Romantic drama

This is an iconic 80s movie. Alex is a stong woman, but shows a very vulnerable side. The character is intriguing as well as the movie. Highly recommend this one.
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4. Trading Places (Paramount Pictures) starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis. Comedy

If you want to belly laugh, this is the movie to see. Dan and Eddie make a great team and you will not be disappointed. Fun film!
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5. War Games (MGM) starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood and Ally Sheedy. Science Fiction

I loved this movie as an 80s teen! It is a fun ride and yes, the teen gets to save the day. I won’t mention that the teen starts the problem…
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6. Octopussy (MGM) starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Steven Berkoff, Desmond Llewelyn and Kristina Wayborn. Spy-action

Roger Moore’s 6th James Bond film with a mildly suggestive title… HA!
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7. Sudden Impact (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. Thriller

This is the 4th film in the Dirty Harry series. Do you remember the famous catchphrase?
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8. Staying Alive (Paramount Pictures) starring John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes and Finola Hughes. Drama

This is the sequel to Saturday Night Fever which came out in 1977. Who is the famous band that the title originates from?
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9. Mr. Mom (20th Century Fox) starring Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull. Comedy-drama

This is another movie that will have you in stitches. If you have ever wanted to see a man take on the role of mom, this is your movie! Hysterical!!
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10. Risky Business (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano. Teen comedy-drama

This movie put Tom Cruise on the map. It is considered the best teen movie of the year and one of the top teen movies of all time.
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11. National Lampoon’s Vacation (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid and Imogene Coca. Comedy

Christmas Vacation is the best, but this film is an amusing and wild ride as well.
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12. Superman III (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn and Margot Kidder. Superhero action comedy

The first two movies are the best, but who doesn’t enjoy watching Christopher Reeve in this heroic role? We will see how Henry Cavill does, but I bet he can’t beat Reeve.
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13. The Big Chill (Columbia Pictures) starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams and Don Galloway. Comedy-drama

The movie is about Baby Boomer friends coming together after the suicide of a college classmate. It was not a favorite of mine as a teen, but the all star cast work well together and make an interesting film.
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14. Never Say Never Again (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Bernie Casey and Rowan Atkinson. Spy-action

This is Sean Connery’s last Bond film. Recognize the Bond girl? It is the first time that two Bond movies make an appearance in one year a.k.a. The “Dueling Bonds.”
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15. Jaws 3-D (Universal Pictures) starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Putch and Simon MacCorkindale. Horror

If you have seen a 3-D movie today and compare it with this… there is no comparison. Remember those awful glasses we had to wear? I thought I was seeing double most of the time…
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16. Scarface (Universal Pictures) starring Al Pacino. Crime

Roger Ebert wrote “DePalma and his writer, Oliver Stone, have created a gallery of specific individuals, and one of the fascinations of the movie is that we aren’t watching crime-movie clichés, we’re watching people who are criminals.” He later added it to his “Great Movies” list. This is an extremely violent film. If you are into that kind of drama, then this is your movie.
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17. Blue Thunder (Columbia Pictures) starring Roy Scheider, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Candy Clark and Daniel Stern. Action

I loved this movie! It has Roy Scheider, action and helicopters! Excitement at it’s best!
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18. Yentl (MGM) starring Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving. Romantic musical drama

The movie is about a Jewish girl disguising herself as a boy, so she can be religiously trained. Barbara Streisand acts and directs this film.
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19. Silkwood (20th Century Fox) starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson and Fred Ward. Drama

Based on a true story, the film is a mystery that leaves you guessing right to the end.
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20. Psycho II (Universal Pictures) starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly. Psychological horror

Psycho is a stand alone movie. I do not think a sequel is necessary, but here it is…
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To be continued…

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Can You Solve This Puzzle??

When I was a kid, I got a Rubik’s cube. I mixed it up and tried to solve it several times to no avail. Finally, after much frustration, I tore it apart and put it back together again and that was that! I did solve it, once, without cheating, with the help of this book, “The Simple Solution to Rubik’s Cube” by James G. Nourse. People like me need assistance!

It was invented by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik, in 1974. The puzzle was originally called the “Magic Cube” and was released in Hungary in 1977. The three dimensional puzzle made its worldwide debut in 1980 under a new name, “Rubik’s Cube.”

This is what it looks like mixed up:
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Here is the book that helped me solve it:
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This is what it looks like solved:
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Here is how Wikipedia describes this complex device:

In a classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow, where white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement). An internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to consisting of one colour. Similar puzzles have now been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and stickers, not all of them by Rubik.

Today, its popularity remains in tact. The updated versions come in many shapes and sizes. Check these out:
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They come in all kinds of patterned stickers. Here is a flower one:
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Here’s a keychain!
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They light up too!!
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This incredible invention has made its way on the art scene as well. This Great Wall of Rubik’s Cubes was amazingly built using 85,794 puzzles and is the work of Designer Josh Chalom. He has been making Rubik’s cube art for about five years at his studio in Toronto (Cube Works Studio). This mosaic is 220ft long and 13ft tall and shows the skyline of Macau.

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Here is a 17-by-8.5-foot depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” rendered entirely in three-inch Rubik’s Cubes. It has 4,050 Rubik’s cubes.

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This is a 2,000 lb., 29X15 ft. mosaic of Michelangelo’s “Hand of God” from the Sistine Chapel. There are 12,090 cubes in this incredible work of art.

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I don’t know if Mr. Rubik could have imagined the craze his little cube would cause, but many generations have enjoyed it and still do. So, thank you, Mr. Rubik for inventing this incredibly fun toy. You even inspired my 18 year old to challenge her mind. She had a friend teach her the algorithms and she can solve it in under a minute. Her teacher was into that speed cubing (did you know they have competitions for this?) and taught her well. It is fascinating to see her solve the puzzle. My brain just doesn’t work that well… lol

This made me laugh, because this is how I look when I try to solve it…
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Top 10 1982 Hits

80s Music! It is an experience. From the music to the videos, you can’t beat it! Here are the Billboard Chart Toppers for 1982. Get ready to JAM with these fabulous tunes! =D

10. Hard to Say I’m Sorry- Chicago

9. Abracadabra- Steve Miller Band

8. Hurts So Good- John Cougar

7. Jack & Diane- John Cougar Mellencamp

6. Don’t You Want Me- The Human League

5. Centerfold- The J. Geils Band

4. Ebony and Ivory- Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

3. I Love Rock N Roll- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

2. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor

Drum Roll Please… The number one song of 1982 was…

Physical- Olivia Newton-John

I hope you have enjoyed these songs and remembered them with pure nostalgia! I sure did! If you would like to see more from this fantastic year, please visit this amazing site, Music Outfitters.

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The Year Was 1982! Part II

Here is the second act of films from 1982. For the 1st half, please see my “The Year Was 1982!” post. Enjoy!

Poltergeist (MGM)- This film scared the mess out of me, but it is awesome!! =D

Porky’s (20th Century Fox)- I felt like a bad little girl watching this movie! lol

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (Columbia Pictures)- Crude, but always funny!

Rocky III (United Artists)- Sylvester Stallone is fantastic as Rocky Balboa. Mr. T and Hulk Hogan are great support for this movie about boxing.

Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” helps make the soundtrack a solid hit!

Sophie’s Choice (Universal Pictures)- I did not see this movie, but it is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. Meryl Streep earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures)- Ricardo Montalbán makes a fantastic villian! KHAN!!! This is my husband’s all time favorite Star Trek film.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Universal Pictures)- How can a film not be enjoyable when Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds are involved in it? =D

This is my favorite version of this song. Whitney is great, but Dolly wrote the song. Beautiful!

The World According to Garp (Warner Bros. Pictures)- A film that has Robin Williams and John Lithgow in it has got to be good! A must see!

Tootsie (Columbia Pictures)- Dustin Hoffman is a riot in this classic hit!

Tron (Buena Vista)- I like this version better than the 2011 one! It is so interesting to see how technology has changed, but I still have a soft spot for what I grew up with! =)

Victor / Victoria (MGM)- I love this film. Julie Andrews is in her element and quite wonderful, but Robert Preston steals the show.

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48 Hours (Paramount Pictures)- Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy team up in this comedy about finding a cop killer. Love it!

I hope you have enjoyed this look back at the 1982 theatrical releases. Pick a few of these to watch and have a movie night. Grab some popcorn, candy, soda and put on your pjs. You are set for an outstanding night of fun!

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The Year Was 1982!

Do you have your popcorn and soda ready? We are about to dive into some of the Box Office hits of 1982. Here we go!

Airplane II: The Sequel (Paramount Pictures)- The first one is the best, but this is a wild ride as well. =D

Annie (Columbia Pictures)- The little red head orphan who could! Carol Burnett is fabulous! This classic is still a favorite of mine. =)

An Officer and a Gentleman (Paramount Pictures)- Richard Gere and Debra Winger have amazing chemistry. This is romance at its best!

Blade Runner (Warner Bros. Pictures)- If Harrison Ford is on the screen, I was so at the theater! He could read the phone book and I would go! Big crush on him! This is a good film, by the way. =D

Conan the Barbarian (Universal Pictures)- This image cracked me up! Arnold!!

Creepshow (Warner Bros. Pictures)- If Stephen King wrote it, you know it is going to be eerie good! Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen and Hal Holbrook make a fantastic cast.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Universal Pictures)- This movie made me laugh and cry! I loved it and still do! =)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Universal Pictures)- A classic 80s teen movie! This is how I will always remember Sean Penn! Spicoli!! =D

First Blood (Orion Pictures)- Sylvester Stallone as Rambo! Awesome!! =D

Gandhi (Columbia Pictures)- This was not my kind of film, but it is considered one of the best movies of 1982. Ben Kingsley portrays Gandhi and won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Which one is the real Gandhi? Amazing resemblance!

Grease 2 (Paramount Pictures)- Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer’s chemistry heat up the screen in this exciting sequel.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Warner Bros. Pictures)- This is one of the movies that put Mel Gibson on the map! It is a cool film!

Night Shift (Warner Bros. Pictures)- This comedy has Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long. Another movie that made me feel I was being naughty watching! Loved it! =D

Pink Floyd – The Wall (MGM)- This is a must see. It is still talked about to this day and it is the ultimate 80s rock ‘n roll film.

To be continued…

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TV Dinner Entertainment!

It was 1982, my family and I would sit around the television set with our tv dinners. We would have our family time right in front of that screen. It was hit or miss whether the food would be good or how the entertainment was going to be for the evening. One thing was for sure, we were going to enjoy ourselves no matter what. Here are some of the top shows of the 1982-1983 season…

60 Minutes — CBS- Yes, we watched this on a regular basis. As a kid, I didn’t always enjoy this part…

Dallas — CBS- This was one very dysfunctional family, but they sure had my attention every week!

M*A*S*H — CBS- (Mobile*Army*Surgical*Hospital) My dad loved this show. We used to tease mom that she looked like Loretta Swit! She had her attitude too… =D

Magnum, P.I. — CBS- I loved this show! I may have loved me some Tom Selleck too! =D

Dynasty — ABC- I remember watching this show with my grandma. Lots of BIG HAIR in this soap. Helped make that trend pretty popular.

Three’s Company — ABC- This was a favorite for my family. How can a show go wrong with Janet, Chrissy, Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Roper around? It was pure fun to watch!

Simon & Simon — CBS- Yes, indeed! I enjoyed this show too! =D

Falcon Crest — CBS- Here is another soap I watched with grandma. That Angela Channing (Jane Wyman) used to scare me. Not just her character, but that hair!

The Love Boat — ABC- Captain Stubing, Doc, Gopher, Isaac and Julie made up a loveable cast that we enjoyed watching regularly.

The A Team — NBC- I pity the fool who missed this action adventure joy ride!

NFL Monday Night Football — ABC- Some things never change… lol

The Jeffersons — CBS – George and Louise Jefferson are great, but Florence stole the show. Her chemistry with George made this a riot to watch each week. =D

I hope you have enjoyed this look inside some of the great television programming of the 80s. If you haven’t seen these shows, grab a tv dinner and watch away. You won’t regret it! There is a reason they keep trying to bring these shows back. You can’t beat the originals. Don’t believe me? Try it and you will see!

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