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Box Office BOMBS That Became CULT CLASSICS
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Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that slips under the radar, only to become massively popular with fans months (or even years) later. Some are critically acclaimed and others fall into the “so bad they’re good” category, but there’s one thing they all have in common: they bombed at the box office. Here is a look back at some movies everyone thought were flops before they achieved cult classic status.

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Movie: The Shawshank Redemption ( 1994 )
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
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Movie: Highlander ( 1986 )
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".
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Movie: The Boondock Saints ( 1999 )
Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.
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Movie: Heathers ( 1989 )
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.
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Movie: Event Horizon ( 1997 )
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
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Movie: The Big Lebowski ( 1998 )
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
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Movie: The Thing ( 1982 )
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
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Movie: Office Space ( 1999 )
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
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Movie: Dredd ( 2012 )
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
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Movie: Fight Club ( 1999 )
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
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Movie: Donnie Darko ( 2001 )
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
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Movie: The Chronicles of Riddick ( 2004 )
The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.
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Movie: Idiocracy ( 2007 )
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
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Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ( 2010 )
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
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Movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( 1975 )
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
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Movie: The Wizard of Oz ( 1939 )
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
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Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ( 1971 )
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.
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Movie: Blade Runner ( 1982 )
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
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Movie: Clue ( 1985 )
Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
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Movie: Empire Records ( 1995 )
24 hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.
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Movie: Wet Hot American Summer ( 2001 )
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.
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Movie: The Iron Giant ( 1999 )
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
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Movie: Dazed and Confused ( 1994 )
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.
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Movie: Showgirls ( 1995 )
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
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Movie: Mulholland Drive ( 2001 )
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
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Movie: Brazil ( 1985 )
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
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Movie: The Shining ( 1980 )
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
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Movie: It's a Wonderful Life ( 1947 )
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
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Movie: TRON ( 1982 )
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
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Movie: Starship Troopers ( 1997 )
Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.
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Movie: Hocus Pocus ( 1993 )
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
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Movie: Children of Men ( 2006 )
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
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Movie: Treasure Planet ( 2002 )
A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.
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Movie: The Quick and the Dead ( 1995 )
A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.
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Movie: Big Trouble in Little China ( 1986 )
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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Movie: Citizen Kane ( 1941 )
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
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Movie: Barbarella ( 1968 )
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
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Movie: Ender's Game ( 2013 )
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.
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Movie: Dune ( 1984 )
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.
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Movie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ( 1998 )
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
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Movie: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! ( 1965 )
Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.
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Movie: Pumpkinhead ( 1988 )
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.
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Movie: Sid and Nancy ( 1986 )
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.
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Movie: Harold and Maude ( 1971 )
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
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Movie: The Man Who Fell to Earth ( 1976 )
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
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Movie: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ( 2007 )
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
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Movie: Plan 9 from Outer Space ( 1959 )
Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.
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Movie: Hugo ( 2011 )
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret, who lives in the walls of a train station, is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
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Movie: Mallrats ( 1995 )
Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.
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Movie: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension ( 1984 )
Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.
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Movie: Slither ( 2006 )
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
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Movie: Dark Star ( 1979 )
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.
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Movie: Death to Smoochy ( 2002 )
A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.
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Movie: Near Dark ( 1988 )
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.
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Movie: Dead Alive ( 1992 )
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
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Movie: The Room ( 2004 )
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.
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Movie: Return to Oz ( 1985 )
Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.
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Movie: Hedwig and the Angry Inch ( 2001 )
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
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Movie: Bottle Rocket ( 1996 )
Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.
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Movie: True Romance ( 1993 )
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.
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Movie: Eraserhead ( 1978 )
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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Movie: The Princess Bride ( 1987 )
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
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Movie: Reservoir Dogs ( 1992 )
When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
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Movie: Mad Max ( 1979 )
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
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Movie: Vertigo ( 1958 )
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
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Movie: Blade Runner 2049 ( 2017 )
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
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Movie: Manhunter ( 1986 )
Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.
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Movie: Cry-Baby ( 1990 )
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.
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Movie: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ( 1988 )
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
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Movie: The Astronaut's Wife ( 1999 )
After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were.
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Movie: Blackhat ( 2015 )
A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
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Movie: Clockers ( 1995 )
Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.
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Movie: Deepwater Horizon ( 2016 )
A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.
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Movie: The Good Dinosaur ( 2015 )
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
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Movie: Hard Rain ( 1998 )
The nephew of an armored-truck driver tries to prevent three million dollars from being taken by a local rival gang during a catastrophic flooding caused by a severe storm.
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Movie: Heaven's Gate ( 1980 )
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
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Movie: The Insider ( 1999 )
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.
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Movie: Ishtar ( 1987 )
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the C.I.A., the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
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Movie: The King of Comedy ( 1982 )
Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.
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Movie: The Lone Ranger ( 2013 )
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
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Movie: Man on the Moon ( 1999 )
The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.
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Movie: Mother! ( 2017 )
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
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Movie: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ( 2016 )
When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
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Movie: Shoot 'Em Up ( 2007 )
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
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Movie: A Simple Plan ( 1999 )
When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.
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Movie: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ( 2017 )
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
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Movie: They Live ( 1988 )
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
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Movie: Dark City ( 1998 )
A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.
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Movie: Cool World ( 1992 )
A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.
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Movie: Earth Girls Are Easy ( 1989 )
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.
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