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  • This is a discussion board for movies that Vince Gilligan has quoted or referred to in any interview. I've watched a lot of interviews of the man on youtube, as well as the "inside breaking bad" interviews that are up on the amc website and the dvds, and I noticed the man has good taste in movies. So I'm gonna put up a list of all the movies i've ever heard him refer to, and anyone can add any that they find.

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    • Movies that Vince Gilligan has Quoted / Referred to in Interviews: Part I - Quotes that have been used as Titles [Included are there scores on Rotten Tomatoes] 

      1. Sweet Smell of Success - Episode 102 & 103 titles of Breaking Bad share the quote "The Cats in the Bag... and the Bags in the River" . SSoS is one of Vince's favorite movies ever made. In the 'Whats in A Name' inside Breaking Bad Feature, Vince says in his opinion it has the most amount of quotable dialogue in any movie. - 98%

      2. Fargo - Episode 107 uses the quote " A No Rough Stuff Type Deal" - 94%

      3. Cool Hand Luke - Episode 106 uses the quote "Crazy Handful of Nothing" . Someone else came up with the title, and Vince felt stupid when the guys explained it to him what movie it was from, because its from one of his favorite movies. - 100%

      4&5. Treasure of the Sierra Madre and To Have and Have Not - The episode 203 title 'Bit by a Dead Bee' is actually a quote from a Humphrey Bogart movie. In 'Inside Breaking Bad Whats in a Name' Vince gets the quote confused with another Bogart movie, being from Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but is in actuallity from To Have and Have Not. Both currently hold a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Treasure of the Sierra Madre being the best reviewed western on the site.

      So far Vince's faves include 3 / 5 movies being 100% on RT, with his worst fave movie having a less than modest 94%. He definetely likes good stuff which definetely contributed to him treating his own series' right. But I have heard him reference more of his faves, so check back for the list to continue! 

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    • Part II - Inspiration from Walt

      Vince says he wants to turn walt from, mr. chips into scarface. I think by the end of season 5a he has turned to scarface and now back to something in the middle

      6. Goodbye Mr. Chips - 81%

      7. Scarface - 89%

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    • Part III - Miscelaneous 

      8. Stander - 73% - On the episode 106 commentary, Vince Gilligan states that one of the cinematographers during the fulminated mercury lead-up worked on a movie called Stander, and highly reccommends it. 

      9. 12 Angry Men - 100% - According to Vince, There was originally a '12 angry men' styled sub plot that featured Walt getting jury duty akin to 12 angry men. The dark comedy was that he would be hellbent on getting the right verdict on the law right, and not allowing the rest of the jury to leave until then, even though he was currently a drug kingpin at the same time having broken countless laws. This could've tied in to the running theme of the show of how Walt always somehow manages to justify his immoral actions as doing the right thing to provide for his family. 

      10. Flight of the Phoenix - 89% - The plotline of 4 days out is an homage to Flight of the phoenix, in which 2 dudes are stranded in the desert and have to disasemble a plane to create a doonbuggy to save themselves.

      11. Plan 9 from Outer Space - Holds a 65% on rotten tomatoes even though many consider it to be of the worst movies ever made, it has managed a cult following due to the viewers laughing at things in it that were unintentionally funny. Walter is watching it 

      12. Vincent and Theo - 87% . A biopic of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother. Vince mentions this movie in an interview with Conan O'Brien. Its currently sitting on my DVR but I haven't gotten around to checking it out. 

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    • Part IV - Sergio Leone 

      Sergio Leone's movies are a big inspiration for Breaking Bad, probably the biggest inspiration of all, even though BrBa was originally set in riverside, California. Even Tuco Salamanca was named after the 'Ugly' in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'. All of Leone's movies hold an 87% or higher on rotten tomatoes, with the exception of one.

      13. A Fistful of Dollars - 98%

      14. For a Few Dollars More - 94%

      15. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - 97%

      16. Once Upon a Time in the West - 98%

      17. A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck you Sucker!) - 90%

      18. Once Upon a Time in America - 87%

      19. The Fallen (actor only) - 86% 

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    • Part V - Movies that Jesse Pinkman mentions (part 1)

      The Terminator Series - Jesse refers to Gus Fring as the Terminator when he blatantly steps into the line of fire from Gaff's sniper attack somewhere around episode 407-409. When Gus gets his face blown off it is even more like the Terminator, as you can see inside his face, and he is as emotionless as a Terminator. The audience thinks he's invincible until he drops dead. (I will include only Terminators 1-2, since 4 was a flop, just asuming Vince didn't care for it either. 3 was okay.). 

      20. The Terminator - 100%

      21. T2: Judgement Day - 98%

      22. T3: Rise of the Machines - 70%

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    • Part V -

      23. Midnight Run - On the episode 208: Better Call Saul audio commentary, Vince Gilligan at one point says the face that Jessie gives reminds him of a face that Robert De Niro's character did in Midnight Run. - 95%

      24. Casablanca - Vince mentions this one in an interview, giving it as an example of the perfect ending. "The hero doesn't get the girl at the end, but its the perfect ending", when asked what he was striving towards for the BrBa ending. The 3rd of so far 3 Humphrey Bogart movies sighted by Vince. - 97% 

      25. Walking Tall - Mike sights this movie to Walt when explaining his Half Measures' Alegory to Walter in 312: Half Measures. - 75% 

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    • 26. Part VI - In the 509 sneak peak scene, Badger and Skinny Pete are arguing behind the physics of the Star Trek Universe. These are only the certified fresh Star Trek Films.

      27. Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn - 90%

      28. Star Trek III The Search for Spock - 78%

      29. Star Trek IV The Voyage Home - 85%

      30. Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country - 83%

      31. First Contact - 92%

      32. Star Trek - 95%

      33. Into Darkness - 87%

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    • 34. The Caine Mutiny - 91% - Yet the 4th Humphrey Bogart movie on this list. Mike is watching this on tv in Season 5. 

      35. Heat - 86% - Hank says he rented heat on Blu ray in episode 505 Dead Freight.

      36. The Big Heat - 100% - The movie is playing during ep 507 Say My Name. A line of dialogue that is used, "when a cop kills himself i want a full report." could possibly be foreshadowing Hanks suicide. 

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    • Interesting list. I can't help but thinking that Walt's going to use the gun that's in his car's trunk to have his, "Say hello to my little friend" moment.

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    • yep, and notice the amount of humphrey bogart movies

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    • Part VIII - The Godfather - Breaking Bad shares the Godfather's love of orange. It is believed that in the Godfather series, oranges are a sign of incoming death or at least a bad omen. In Breaking Bad, Ted Beneke trips on a rug and spills a bowl of oranges at the same time breaking his neck. More recently, Walt's neighbor lady carol sees him come back from being on the lam and spills her groceries, oranges rolling down her driveway.  

      37. The Godfather - 100%

      38. The Godfather (part II) - 98%

      39. The Godfather (part III) - 68%

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    • Part IX - Lord of the Rings - In season 2, Jesse wants him and Jane to move to New Zealand and start there new life, because that's where Lord of the Rings was filmed. 

      40. Fellowship of the Ring - 92%

      41. The Two Towers - 96%

      42. Return of the King - 94%

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    • Reservoir Dogs. (Mr. White and Mr. Pink. Jesse PINKman and Walter WHITE)

      Safe to draw quite a few parallels between Reservoir Dogs and a bit of Tarantino influence here and there.

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    • and of course Hank is orange, Heisenberg is mr. black, marie is ms. violet, and Saul's mr. green, love arrested development

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    • 43. Old Yeller - 100% - Saul uses Old Yeller as a metaphor for killing Jesse in episode 512 Rabid Dog. It seems Saul and Skyler both want Jesse dead, but not Walt. 

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    • I like that insight. I've never thought about the other characters in the Reservoir Dogs scene. Way cool. SO much respect to vince for pulling some of that influence into his show. Part of what makes it so iconic is the influence from such a wide variety of styles and films that actually work together. 

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    • GeneParmesan1 wrote:
      I like that insight. I've never thought about the other characters in the Reservoir Dogs scene. Way cool. SO much respect to vince for pulling some of that influence into his show. Part of what makes it so iconic is the influence from such a wide variety of styles and films that actually work together. 

      Yep, ol vince has good taste in movies. I think he just said in an interview that Lydia is his version of Darth Vader, He might be referring to if she becomes more evil, maybe she tries to entice Walt to join her, and then she turns good again right at the end after sacrificing her life. So far 2/3 have happened, so I might be adding some star wars on here, but i have to verify that first. 

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    • Madrigal-Ehrmantraut wrote:
      and of course Hank is orange, Heisenberg is mr. black, marie is ms. violet, and Saul's mr. green, love arrested development

      There is no mr black:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4XBZO8JcClM#t=87

      You get 4 guys, all fighting over who's gonna be mr. black, but they don't know each other so no one wants to back down

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    • You guys are neglecting to mention the most important of all the movies..."Ikiru" The main character of this movie was Vince's inspiration for creating Walter White. It's a foreign flim from the 1950s about a  man who finds out he is dying. This has a profound change on him. He starts to do nice things for others. Basically, he builds a playground for the children in his neighborhood. Building it wasn't easy. The ending is sort of haunting, the man...well you can look it up yourselves. Or watch it. It was on Hulu about a year ago. It's probably still available somewhere for free.

      So Vince basically took that premise, flipped it, and added some really brilliant stuff! It's amazing where some artists find inspiration! Often it comes from weird places and it gets processed into something totally different. Anyway, I'm really glad he watched that movie. Know doubt if I read the description I would have kept flipping through the channels! The really unusual thing is that this, in my opinion, is NOT a rare happening in the real world, literature or the arts. A lot of men, real and fictional, try to make amends when they find out they don't have much time left. But, it's not often I hear about a dying man, who mostly lived his life the right way, (making the "good" choices), suddenly going on to commit terrible, unforgivable acts.

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    • that's great, if I can find the link to where he mentions Ikiru I can add it to the list!

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    • That's something I don't know. On the hulu site (if it's still there) it actually says in the description that it was Vince Gilligan's inspiration for Walter White...And I do remember him mentioning it in an interview, but it was a couple of years ago. I've seen so much of his extra comments, podcasts, interviews and everything...I can't even remember if it was print, video or podcast. Sorry. But keep looking and I'm sure you'll find it. If this is any help...I think Vince points to the haunting music at the end as the snow falls and the man sits on I believe a swing set that he built at the playground. Wow. Actually now that I say it out loud it sounds like Jesse on the merry go round a few episodes back!

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    • seems to check out ! I will add it to the list

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    • 44. Ikiru - 100% - Vince Gilligan attributes this movie to a big portion of Walter White's creation. The main character has cancer. 

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      i added Ikiru to my list. It has a 100% on rotten tomatoes. definetely check it out one day.

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    • Cool. The subtitles kinda turn me off a bit, and usually the films from the east are way different from ours, but I've heard from numerous sources it was good so I probably will get around to watching it (especially after episode 16 when TV goes back to mediocrity.)

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    • Klit75 wrote:
      Cool. The subtitles kinda turn me off a bit, and usually the films from the east are way different from ours, but I've heard from numerous sources it was good so I probably will get around to watching it (especially after episode 16 when TV goes back to mediocrity.)

      i was under the impression you've seen it. As for tv shows, i can only reccommend to you the stuff that is on my dvr, and sine i am the young generation theres a bunch of animated stuff. Regular Show, Legend of Korra, whos line is it anyways, arrow, new girl, elementary, and Bates Motel when it comes back on. All fail in comparison to Br Ba tho. 

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    • I started it when it was on Hulu then didn't make it too far, not really because there was anything wrong with it. I was mostly interested on why he found it so inspiring, so I read up on the main plot points and found out about the ending (which I did see a clip of)

      I've seen most of the shows you mentioned. Vince really likes Justified (think it might be his favorite on TV now) so I gave it a shot and it was really good. If you haven't seen it, I'd start with the pilot and maybe the next 2 then skip right to season 2. Its there they have more of a continuous storyline and it gets a lot better. Is Elementary really good? I saw the pilot then never went back. It was Ok, I just kinda forgot about it. Mr. Show is where Vince discovered Bob Odenkirk (Saul) There are some really funny skits on it, but you may find some of the comedy a little dated) Anyways, supposedly he liked him so much from that one show that he just offered him the role of Saul--maybe the only one of the cast who never auditioned

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    • Klit75 wrote:
      I started it when it was on Hulu then didn't make it too far, not really because there was anything wrong with it. I was mostly interested on why he found it so inspiring, so I read up on the main plot points and found out about the ending (which I did see a clip of)

      I've seen most of the shows you mentioned. Vince really likes Justified (think it might be his favorite on TV now) so I gave it a shot and it was really good. If you haven't seen it, I'd start with the pilot and maybe the next 2 then skip right to season 2. Its there they have more of a continuous storyline and it gets a lot better. Is Elementary really good? I saw the pilot then never went back. It was Ok, I just kinda forgot about it. Mr. Show is where Vince discovered Bob Odenkirk (Saul) There are some really funny skits on it, but you may find some of the comedy a little dated) Anyways, supposedly he liked him so much from that one show that he just offered him the role of Saul--maybe the only one of the cast who never auditioned

      Elementary gets a lot better actually. The first episode got a 7.5 from IGN. The season finale got a 9.0. Arrow is okay, my Dad likes it more than I do. Bob Odenkirk has also been on Conan and the Ben Stiller Show. Mr. Show is pretty good. His costar David Cross who is on arrested development. You should check out his show called "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" . That is one of the funniest things i have ever seen even though its a little M rated. It is only 12 episodes.

      Something you can watch on Hulu is called Misfits. It is from England. It is a lot like Heroes only better. Their super powers are hilarious. The only problem is they keep killing off the main characters and getting new ones ech year so thats kind of annoying. I would go all the way to series 3 then stop. 

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    • You should check out his show called "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" .

      YES. That was really funny. And I discovered it by accident, thinking it would be lame because I'd never heard of it. If you haven't already, check out "Continuum" on Netflix. I watched the first few and it's actually really good. When I heard sci-fi network, then the time  traveling cop premise, then saw the first scene (it looked a little minor league. But give it a chance. So far it's actually a very interesting story and I hear it's becoming one of the more popular shows on TV. I think it's slow to grow because a lot of people are turned off by scifi and then they hear the plot and think it's something they won't like but it's actually pretty original. 

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    • Klit75 wrote:
      You should check out his show called "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" .

      YES. That was really funny. And I discovered it by accident, thinking it would be lame because I'd never heard of it. If you haven't already, check out "Continuum" on Netflix. I watched the first few and it's actually really good. When I heard sci-fi network, then the time  traveling cop premise, then saw the first scene (it looked a little minor league. But give it a chance. So far it's actually a very interesting story and I hear it's becoming one of the more popular shows on TV. I think it's slow to grow because a lot of people are turned off by scifi and then they hear the plot and think it's something they won't like but it's actually pretty original. 

      its pretty good, the only prob i have is the music is annoying to me, I would rather have there be no background music. Other than that pretty good. ive only watched 6 minutes so far. 

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    • Star Wars - In an interview Vince Gilligan describes Lydia as "Darth Vader in Louboutins"

      45. episode I, The Phantom Menace - 57%

      46. episode II, Attack of the Clones - 67%

      47. episode III, Revenge of the Sith - 80%

      48. episode IV, A New Hope - 93%

      49. episode V,  The Empire Strikes Back - 96%

      50. episode VI, Return of the Jedi - 79%

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    • 51. At the Circus - 100% - Todd's ringtone for when Lydia calls is "Lydia the tatooed lady", a musical number from Groucho Marx and company, from At the Circus. 

      52. The Searchers - 100% - Vince Gilligan mentions the Searchers in the final episode of 'Talking Bad'. 

      53. The French Connection - 98% - The main character of the French Connection, Popeye Doyle, is the original wearer of the 'Heisenberg Hat' or 'pork pie hat'. In Br Ba Season 4, episode 4 Bullet Points, Hank mentions Popeye Doyle while showing Walt Gale's lab notebook. 

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      Well I got to 53 films on my list of Vince Gilligan's fave films. But I'm not done. Here's what i have left to do.

      1. Move all 53 films to one comment, the first comment. Neat and organized for easy viewing.

      2. Begin my List of Vince Gilligan's Favorite TV Shows (maybe on the same thread). 

      3. Change Title to 'Fave TV shows and Films of Vince Gilligan' 

      4. Keep the thread Open for any future tv shows and films that Vince Gilligan will happen to mention in the future. 


      Thank you. 

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    • 54. Death Rides a Horse - In a Season 2 episode of Breaking Bad, after Walter had to use his alibi of going crazy and stripping nude in a supermarket, He finds one of his wanted posters vandalized and posted to the windshield of his Aztec. On the drive home, he tells Walt Jr. his plan. Something along the lines of "Drive them out to the desert and bury them neck deep into the sand so that only their heads are visible, and have ants or scorpions crawl around and bite them on the head. Saw it in a movie once" - This scenario has been mimicked countless times, most recently in Disney's the Lone Ranger (2013), but the origination of the scene, and The movie Walt is referring to is "Death Rides a Horse" a spaghetti western with a theme by Ennio Morricone, that was also used in Kill Bill. 

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    • Thanks for this Madrigal!

      I'm downloading 11 movies from this list and can't wait to watch them.

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    • An obvious precursor to BrBA is the X Files.....there are many other connections listed in this article:

      http://www.thefilmchair.com/wordpress/index.php/2013/08/10/5-x-files-connections-in-breaking-bad-you-may-have-missed/

      I always liked the way both the Xfiles and then BrBA used the cold open....and the show that influenced both of these shows (the use of the cold open being just one of many devices cribbed from this show)...THE TWILIGHT ZONE! Vince Gilligan says in Talking Bad finale that he would like BrBA to be remembered as an iconic Tv Show "like the Twilight Zone".

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    • Madrigal-Ehrmantraut wrote:
      Part IV - Sergio Leone 

      Sergio Leone's movies are a big inspiration for Breaking Bad, probably the biggest inspiration of all, even though BrBa was originally set in riverside, California. Even Tuco Salamanca was named after the 'Ugly' in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'. All of Leone's movies hold an 87% or higher on rotten tomatoes, with the exception of one.

      13. A Fistful of Dollars - 98%

      14. For a Few Dollars More - 94%

      15. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - 97%

      16. Once Upon a Time in the West - 98%

      17. A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck you Sucker!) - 90%

      18. Once Upon a Time in America - 87%

      19. The Fallen (actor only) - 86% 

      Yeah, and in the extended cut of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (one of my very favorites), one of Tuco's friends tells him "But people are saying you got killed in Albuquerque", to which Tuco replies "And people talk bullshit". In the series, Tuco gets killed shortly after leaving Albuquerque.

      On a side note, Leone's first feature film, Il Colosso di Rodi, has a 57% on RT.

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    • There's also Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Walt buys a .38 snub (one of Travis' guns) in the episode of the same name, and is shown practicing his draw in a similar manner to that of the film's protagonist. Also, the seller offers Travis some crystal meth, among other drugs.

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    • Rodrigo E. Cumsille wrote:
      There's also Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Walt buys a .38 snub (one of Travis' guns) in the episode of the same name, and is shown practicing his draw in a similar manner to that of the film's protagonist. Also, the seller offers Travis some crystal meth, among other drugs.

      That's one of my fave movies!

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    • Chanman001 wrote:
      Thanks for this Madrigal!

      I'm downloading 11 movies from this list and can't wait to watch them.

      Thanks for the support buddy. That was my intention: to share with the fans some of Vince's favorite stuff that went into inspiration for the show. Let me know which ones you downloaded and how you liked them. 

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    • Love this thread, thanks. I have another one for your list: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Not only is there a big plot parallel (outlaw partners)

      http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-breaking-bad-bryan-cranston-movies-20130930,0,7843874.story

      but more specifically, a shared piece of reality: the same train tracks in the "Dead Freight" episode (train heist) of BB were used decades before in one of the train robberies in that 1969 Newman/Redford film.

      http://www.thecredits.org/2013/08/george-mastras-on-writing-directing-one-of-breaking-bads-best-episodes/

      http://www.craveonline.com/tv/interviews/562475-george-mastras-on-breaking-bad-season-5

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