History Film / Series7TheContenders

6th Nov '15 10:36:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:RevisedEnding]]: The film contains a canonical version of this trope. [[spoiler:Series 7 ends with a "dramatic recreation" of the cinema standoff: Jeffrey agrees to let Dawn kill him, but Jeffrey's wife appears and kills Dawn before she can do the deed, at which point a distraught Jeffrey shoots himself. In reality, Dawn and Jeffrey were beaten (Dawn fatally so) by fans enraged at the pair's attempt to drop their guns and flee the cinema -- but the ''Contenders'' producers couldn't (and wouldn't) air that.]]
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* [[spoiler:RevisedEnding]]: RevisedEnding: The film contains a canonical version of this trope. [[spoiler:Series 7 ends with a "dramatic recreation" of the cinema standoff: Jeffrey agrees to let Dawn kill him, but Jeffrey's wife appears and kills Dawn before she can do the deed, at which point a distraught Jeffrey shoots himself. In reality, Dawn and Jeffrey were beaten (Dawn fatally so) by fans enraged at the pair's attempt to drop their guns and flee the cinema -- but the ''Contenders'' producers couldn't (and wouldn't) air that.]]
21st Oct '15 6:09:31 AM StiffShots
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* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator (played by Will Arnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked). In the case of the cinema standoff, [[spoiler:the dramatization is absolutely faked, which both the movie's alternate ending and the lack of a gunshot wound on Jeffrey during the Series 8 preview confirms.]]
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* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator (played by Will Arnett) Creator/WillArnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked). In the case of the cinema standoff, [[spoiler:the dramatization is absolutely faked, which both the movie's alternate ending and the lack of a gunshot wound on Jeffrey during the Series 8 preview confirms.]]
4th Jun '15 1:25:54 PM StevieWillShowYou
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!! ''Series 7: The Contenders'' contain examples of the following tropes: * AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema? Well, it's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound]].
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!! ''Series 7: The Contenders'' contain examples of contains the following tropes: * AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema? Well, it's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is According to the alternate ending on the DVD, [[spoiler:Dawn and Jeffrey drop their guns and try to flee the cinema. They end up beaten by fans who aren't happy with the standoff's anti-climax. Dawn dies as a result of her beating, but Jeffrey survives -- hence the lack of a bullet wound when he's shown in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound]].during the preview for Series 8]].

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Emergency room nurse Connie seems nice enough -- until she expresses her contempt for the people who come into her ER. And that's before she starts killing people... * CelebrityIsOverrated: No one really ''wants'' to appear on ''The Contenders''. Dawn, in particular, regularly snaps at her assigned cameraman.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Emergency room nurse Connie seems nice enough -- until she expresses her contempt for the people who come into her ER. And that's before she starts killing people... people. * CelebrityIsOverrated: No one really ''wants'' wants to appear on ''The Contenders''. Dawn, in particular, regularly Dawn even snaps at her assigned cameraman.cameraman on a regular basis.

* ConspiracyTheorist: Franklin lines the walls of his trailer with [[TinfoilHat tinfoil]]. After [[spoiler:killing Lindsay in the mall]], he tries to convince onlookers that the show is a fake -- until [[spoiler:Connie kills him with a sniper rifle]]. * CountryMatters: Dawn calls her estranged sister the C-word before taking the latter's SUV at gunpoint.
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Franklin lines the walls of his trailer with [[TinfoilHat tinfoil]]. After [[spoiler:killing Lindsay in the mall]], he tries to convince onlookers that the show is a fake rigged -- until [[spoiler:Connie kills him with a sniper rifle]]. * CountryMatters: Dawn calls her Dawn's estranged sister the C-word receives a C-bomb from Dawn just before taking the latter's she takes her sister's SUV at gunpoint.

** [[spoiler:The third one didn't actually happen, and Dawn was beaten to death after the AntiClimax.]] * GoingHomeAgain: The film averts this. Dawn is [[SarcasmMode less than thrilled]] that Series 7 of ''The Contenders'' is taking place in her hometown, since her mom kicked Dawn out of the house at 17 for having an abortion -- and the guy who knocked her up is one of her new opponents.
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** [[spoiler:The alternate ending proves the third one attempt didn't actually happen, and Dawn was beaten to death after the AntiClimax.though.]] * GoingHomeAgain: The film averts this. this; Dawn is [[SarcasmMode less than thrilled]] that Series 7 of ''The Contenders'' is taking place in her hometown, since her mom kicked Dawn out of the house at 17 for having an abortion -- and the guy who knocked her up is one of her new opponents.

** [[spoiler:The third one didn't actually happen, Also invoked when [[spoiler:the show takes away her child per the game's rules]] -- she gets pissed enough to kidnap her cameraman and Dawn was beaten to death after the AntiClimax.]] * GoingHomeAgain: The film averts this. Dawn is [[SarcasmMode less than thrilled]] that Series 7 hold an entire cinema full of ''The Contenders'' is taking place in her hometown, since her mom kicked Dawn out of the house at 17 for having an abortion -- and the guy who knocked her up is one of her new opponents.people hostage.

* OnTheNext: An example of this trope ends the film (and casts a totally different light on the climax). * [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: [[spoiler:Jeffrey's verbal reaction when he realizes that not only did he survive his ''third'' suicide attempt, but he is now the show's reigning champion as it heads into Series 8.]]
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* OnTheNext: An example of this trope ends closes out the film (and casts a totally different light on the climax). * [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: [[spoiler:Jeffrey's verbal reaction when he realizes that not only did he survive his ''third'' suicide attempt, but survived what happened at the cinema -- and that he is now the show's reigning champion as it heads into Series 8.]]

* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Despite being an American film with an American cast framed as an American reality show titled ''The Contenders'', the film's title employs the British usage "series" to describe individual seasons of a television program. (The film starts with the end of the show's sixth season and segues into the events of its seventh season.)
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* [[spoiler:RevisedEnding]]: The film contains a canonical version of this trope. [[spoiler:Series 7 ends with a "dramatic recreation" of the cinema standoff: Jeffrey agrees to let Dawn kill him, but Jeffrey's wife appears and kills Dawn before she can do the deed, at which point a distraught Jeffrey shoots himself. In reality, Dawn and Jeffrey were beaten (Dawn fatally so) by fans enraged at the pair's attempt to drop their guns and flee the cinema -- but the ''Contenders'' producers couldn't (and wouldn't) air that.]] * SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Despite being an American film with an American cast framed as an American reality show titled ''The Contenders'', the film's title employs the British usage British-usage "series" to describe individual seasons of a television program. (The film starts with the end of the show's sixth season and segues into the events of its seventh season.)

* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator (played by Will Arnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked). ** The show claims that it picks contestants via a random lottery. That claim becomes suspicious when Dawn's third go-round takes place in her hometown and her old boyfriend becomes one of the other Contenders.
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* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator (played by Will Arnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked). faked). In the case of the cinema standoff, [[spoiler:the dramatization is absolutely faked, which both the movie's alternate ending and the lack of a gunshot wound on Jeffrey during the Series 8 preview confirms.]] ** The show claims that says it picks contestants via a random lottery. That claim becomes suspicious when Dawn's third go-round takes place in her hometown and her old boyfriend becomes one of the other Contenders.

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* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator (played by Will Arnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked). ** The show claims that it picks contestants via a random lottery. That claim becomes suspicious when Dawn's third go-round takes place in her hometown and her old boyfriend becomes one of the other Contenders. ----
4th Jun '15 12:56:03 PM StevieWillShowYou
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The 2001 film '''''Series 7: The Contenders''''', written and directed by Daniel Minahan, serves up a dark and violent satire of American {{Reality Show}}s. ''The Contenders'' offers up a unique form of entertainment for its loyal viewers: the show's contestants must kill each other until only one "Contender" remains standing. These contestants have no choice as to whether they want to compete; once a contestant finds out that they've become a Contender, they must participate in the game, as any Contender can kill any other Contender from the moment of notification in any way without any legal repercussions. Winning the show once doesn't get a Contender anything but a longer lease on life, either -- a Contender must win the show three times to earn a full release from the program. In the show's seventh season (or "series" in British terminology), two-time champion Dawn Lagarto hopes to win for a third time and gain her freedom; to do so, she must outlive five other Contenders -- one of which, the terminally-ill Jeffrey Norman, happens to have had a prior romantic relationship with Dawn.
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The 2001 film '''''Series 7: The Contenders''''', written and directed by Daniel Minahan, serves up is a dark and violent satire of American {{Reality Show}}s. ''The Contenders'' offers up a unique form of entertainment for its loyal viewers: the show's contestants must kill each other until only one "Contender" remains standing. These The contestants have no choice as to whether they want to compete; once the moment a contestant finds out is notified that they've become a Contender, they must participate in the game, as any Contender can kill any other Contender from the moment of notification in any way can kill them without any legal repercussions. Winning repercussions. Adding insult to injury is the fact that winning the show once doesn't get a Contender anything but a longer lease on life, either -- a Contender must win the show three times to earn life; a full release from the program. show only happens when a Contender wins the "contest" three times in a row (as the winner remains a Contender until either death or the third victory). In the show's seventh season (or "series" in British terminology), two-time champion Dawn Lagarto hopes to win for a third time and gain her freedom; to do so, she must outlive five other Contenders -- one of which, the terminally-ill Jeffrey Norman, happens to have had a prior romantic relationship with Dawn.

* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. It's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound]] * AssholeVictim: Tony. Unemployed blue-collar worker, coke habit, anger management issues, topped by [[spoiler:an attempt to flee the show while holding his baby daughter hostage.]]
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* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. It's cinema? Well, it's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound]] wound]]. * AssholeVictim: Tony. Unemployed Tony is an unemployed blue-collar worker, worker with a coke habit, habit and anger management issues, topped by [[spoiler:an attempt issues. He even [[spoiler:tries to flee the show while holding his baby daughter hostage.]]

* CelebrityIsOverrated: It's clear no one really ''wants'' to appear on ''The Contenders.'' Dawn, in particular, regularly snaps at her assigned cameraman. * [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Safety Catch]][=/=]NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lindsay's parents constantly tell her to leave the safety on. [[spoiler:Lindsay's fumbling to switch it off during an encounter gives Franklin ample time to beat her to death.]] * ConspiracyTheorist: Franklin not only lines the walls of his trailer with [[TinfoilHat tinfoil]], but after [[spoiler:killing Lindsay in the mall]], tries to convince the onlookers that the show is a fake - until [[spoiler:Connie kills him with a sniper rifle]].
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* CelebrityIsOverrated: It's clear no No one really ''wants'' to appear on ''The Contenders.'' Contenders''. Dawn, in particular, regularly snaps at her assigned cameraman. * [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Safety Catch]][=/=]NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lindsay's parents constantly tell her to leave the safety on. [[spoiler:Lindsay's fumbling to switch it off during an encounter gives with Franklin ample gives him more than enough time to beat her to death.kill her.]] * ConspiracyTheorist: Franklin not only lines the walls of his trailer with [[TinfoilHat tinfoil]], but after tinfoil]]. After [[spoiler:killing Lindsay in the mall]], he tries to convince the onlookers that the show is a fake - -- until [[spoiler:Connie kills him with a sniper rifle]].

* CrapsackWorld: People end up drafted into a reality show where they murder each other. * DeadlyGame: ''The Contenders'' is a reality TV show where contestants must kill other contestants to "win".
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* CrapsackWorld: People end up drafted into a reality show where they murder each other. * DeadlyGame: CrapsackWorld[=/=]DeadlyGame: ''The Contenders'' is a reality TV show where contestants people are drafted into a game where they must kill the other contestants to "win".

** [[spoiler:The third one didn't actually happen, and Dawn was beaten to death after the AntiClimax]] * GoingHomeAgain: Averted. Dawn is [[SarcasmMode less than thrilled]] that Series 7 is taking place in her hometown, seeing how her mom kicked her out of the house at 17 for having an abortion - not to mention that the guy who knocked her up is one of her new opponents... * {{Goth}}: Dawn and Jeffrey in high school. * GunStruggle: Two of these happen: one between Connie and Dawn, and one between Jeff and Connie. * HandWave: Numerous background details, such as how ''The Contenders'' became powerful enough to clear legalized murder as a form of television programming, never receive an explanation. This works in part because the film only shows what the program itself would have aired on TV -- in other words, only what the producers want viewers to see. * HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Jeffrey admits he went through a "gay phase" after high school, which ended when he married Doria. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:after his failed suicide attempt via overdose, Doria outs him on-camera while he's in the hospital]]. * HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It's debatable which is worse: what the contenders are willing to do to survive, or the bland acceptance of the existence of the show. * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: It's people hunting each other. For TV. * LeFilmArtistique: Dawn and Jeffrey's terrible high school student film. * LotteryOfDoom: New contestants end up chosen by via a (seemingly) random lottery involving Social Security numbers. * MamaBear: Dawn insists she's only doing all this killing to protect her unborn child. [[{{Hypocrite}} On the other hand, she's a really efficient killer...]] * MaternityCrisis: [[spoiler:Dawn has Connie cornered and at gunpoint - and her water breaks. Followed by a ScreamingBirth scene in which Connie must simultaneously deal with a 911 operator and a breach delivery while holding ''Dawn'' at gunpoint.]]
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** [[spoiler:The third one didn't actually happen, and Dawn was beaten to death after the AntiClimax]] AntiClimax.]] * GoingHomeAgain: Averted. The film averts this. Dawn is [[SarcasmMode less than thrilled]] that Series 7 of ''The Contenders'' is taking place in her hometown, seeing how since her mom kicked her Dawn out of the house at 17 for having an abortion - not to mention that -- and the guy who knocked her up is one of her new opponents... opponents. * {{Goth}}: Dawn and Jeffrey were goths in high school. * GunStruggle: Two of these happen: happen -- one between Connie and Dawn, and one between Jeff and Connie. * HandWave: Numerous background details, such as how ''The Contenders'' became powerful enough to clear legalized legally-sanctioned murder as a form of television programming, never receive an explanation. This works in part because the film only shows you what the program itself would have aired on TV -- in other words, only what the producers want viewers to see. * HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Jeffrey admits he went through a "gay phase" after high school, which school that ended when he married Doria. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:after his failed suicide attempt via overdose, Doria outs him on-camera while he's in the hospital]]. * HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It's debatable which is worse: worse -- what the contenders are willing Contenders will to do to survive, survive or the bland acceptance of the existence of the show. show's existence. * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: It's ''The Contenders'' makes people hunting hunt and kill each other. For TV. other. * LeFilmArtistique: Dawn and Jeffrey's terrible high school student film. film qualifies. * LotteryOfDoom: New contestants end up are chosen by via a (seemingly) random (seemingly-)random lottery involving Social Security numbers. * MamaBear: Dawn insists she's only doing all this killing competing to protect her unborn child. [[{{Hypocrite}} On the other hand, she's a really efficient killer...]] * MaternityCrisis: [[spoiler:Dawn [[spoiler:Dawn's water breaks just as she has Connie cornered and at gunpoint - and her water breaks. Followed gunpoint. This is followed by a ScreamingBirth scene in which Connie must simultaneously deal with a 911 operator and a breach delivery while holding ''Dawn'' at gunpoint.]]

* NobodyPoops: Averted Trope; Dawn catches Connie on the toilet.
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* NobodyPoops: Averted Trope; The film averts this trope; Dawn catches Connie on the toilet.

* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: [[spoiler:Jeffrey's verbal reaction when he realizes that not only did he survive his ''third'' suicide attempt, but he is now by default the reigning champion of The Contenders as it heads into Series 8...]]
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* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: [[spoiler:Jeffrey's verbal reaction when he realizes that not only did he survive his ''third'' suicide attempt, but he is now by default the show's reigning champion of The Contenders as it heads into Series 8...8.]]

* PreviouslyOn: The film opens with the end of Series 6 of ''The Contenders'': Dawn marches into a convenience store and kills that season's last contestant. * RealityTelevision: This film offers up a pitch-black satire of the entire genre. * SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Despite being an American film with an American cast and framed as an American reality show titled ''The Contenders'', the film's title employs the British usage "series" to describe individual seasons of a television program. (The film starts with the end of the sixth season and follows the seventh season of ''The Contenders''.)
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* PreviouslyOn: The film opens with the end of Series 6 of ''The Contenders'': Dawn marches into a convenience store and kills that season's her last contestant. "opponent" of the season. * RealityTelevision: This film offers up is a pitch-black satire of the entire genre. * SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Despite being an American film with an American cast and framed as an American reality show titled ''The Contenders'', the film's title employs the British usage "series" to describe individual seasons of a television program. (The film starts with the end of the show's sixth season and follows segues into the events of its seventh season of ''The Contenders''.season.)

* [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Movie]]: It's the central premise of the film.
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* [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Movie]]: It's This is the central premise of the film.

* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator, played by Will Arnett, makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked).
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* UnreliableVoiceover: The narrator, played narrator (played by Will Arnett, Arnett) makes a cameo onscreen at the climax. What he says doesn't always match up with what happens on-screen. The "dramatization" scenes also appear dishonest (and potentially faked).

* WinYourFreedom: A contestant must win the show three times to earn freedom from ever participating again. Dawn gets offered this at the end.
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* WinYourFreedom: A contestant must win the show three times in a row to earn their permanent freedom from ever participating again. the show. Dawn gets is offered this her freedom at the end.
10th Apr '15 5:27:09 AM pikachukid
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* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. It's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound
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* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. It's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot woundwound]]
10th Apr '15 5:19:57 AM pikachukid
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* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. ** According to the producers of the show, anyway...
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* AntiClimax: What really happened in the cinema. ** According to cinema. It's why [[spoiler:Jeffrey is in the producers of the show, anyway...hospital bed looking bruised with no visible gunshot wound

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* AntiClimax: What really happened in ** [[spoiler:The third one didn't actually happen, and Dawn was beaten to death after the cinema. ** According to the producers of the show, anyway...AntiClimax]]
12th Sep '14 9:13:47 PM KentuckyTroper1990
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* SoccerMom: Lindsay's mother (and to a degree, her dad as well) embody all the negative aspects of this trope. Especially since their daughter is not kicking a ball downfield, but chasing after an old coot with a Glock.
19th Mar '14 5:50:14 AM StiffShots
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* OneHitWonder: Daniel Minihan. This is his only feature film directing credit to date, but he's stayed busy directing episodes of many cable-TV series (Series/{{Deadwood}}, Series/TrueBlood, Series/GameOfThrones, etc.).
19th Mar '14 5:49:41 AM StiffShots
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* OneHitWonder: Daniel Minihan. This is his only feature film directing credit to date, but he's stayed busy directing episodes of many cable-TV series (Series/{{Deadwood}}, Series/TrueBlood, Series/GameOfThrones, etc.).
18th Mar '14 6:51:44 AM StiffShots
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* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: [[spoiler:Jeffrey's verbal reaction when he realizes that not only did he survive his ''third'' suicide attempt, but he is now by default the reigning champion of The Contenders as it heads into Series 8...]]
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