Revisiting Fatal Attraction



Saturday afternoon, I was chatting with one of my favorite co-workers about how I was in the mood to rent a good film that night and asked her if she had any suggestions.

For some reason, we got on the topic of thrillers and she mentioned one of the best psychological thriller films from the 80’s.

Fatal Attraction.

I LOVE psychological thrillers!

So, after work, I popped into my local video store and rented it.

As I sat there that evening, nervously munching on Tostitos and hummus, I immediately recalled how I felt when I first saw the film.

Scared. Shitless.

I had almost forgotten what an awesome film it is, with stellar performances by Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and the exquisitely beautiful Anne Archer.

I’m pretty sure after this film was released, infidelity throughout the world dropped to 0% the following ten years.

The thought of having a one night stand with someone like Glenn Close’s psychotic character, Alex, had every man thinking twice about grazing from the pasture; poking.


The thing about this film which I find sheer brilliance, is that it makes you want to jump into the screen; grabbing hold of Alex and throwing her out of 50-story building window, just to get her the HELL out of his life.

I remember watching it on TV with my father once, as he restrained himself from reaching inside the television set and strangling her with 55 yards of dental floss.

Fatal Attraction makes its viewers feel totally out of control, because no matter how nicely Michael Douglas’s character, Dan, tells Alex that it’s over….she keeps coming back like a painful case of herpes.

The ending, which finally gives the audience a sense of relief was not the ending that was originally written. Did you know that? I discovered this piece of trivia while watching the DVD special features.

*more is explained here.

The original ending was this:

“Alex Forrest was originally scripted to commit suicide at the end of the movie by slashing her throat. Her plan was to make it look as if Dan had murdered her, for which he would be arrested. Although Beth (Dan’s wife) is shown to possibly have a way to free him when finding a revealing tape that Alex had sent him and taking it to the police, test audiences did not respond well.”

It was said, that while testing the film in various cities, the original ending had audiences leaving the theater unsatisfied. Months later, they reshot the ending to what it is now.

After viewing the complete original ending, I gotta say….I liked it better because it was less expected, yet still left me with a sense of satisfaction. Also, it was much less violent.

Oh well, either way it was a faaaaaaaabulous film.

So, if you’re looking to watch a great thriller, revisit Fatal Attraction.

And for heaven sake, PLEASE remember the moral of this story…..

It ain’t worth having one night of hot sex on a kitchen sink.



Poor innocent bunny rabbit!




46 comments

  1. Yes, that movie was horrifying!!! I only saw it once, when it was released on video, and it stuck with me for a long time. SCARY STUFF!

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  2. OMG! I love the Barbie killing the bunny

    one of my all time favorite lines comes from this movie ... "I will not be ignored"
    priceless

    and I'm so glad you think Ann is beautiful, so do I
    I think she's been under appreciated her entire career

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  3. I felt sorrier for the rabbit than I did for Michael Douglas. Glenn Close was FABULOUS as a crazy bitch. She actually came very close to Joan Crawford crazy, IMO. You had to cheer when Anne shot her ass. Thanks for reminding me about a GREAT movie!

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  4. Great post, Ron. You may not believe this, but I'm one of the few poor souls who has never seen this film. I kept meaning to, but I never got around to it. Now, thanks to you, I'll stock up on Tostitos and hummus and Netflix this film into my life.

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  5. I remember going through all sorts of emotion while watching this film but it wasso long ago I can't remember how it ended. Whatever, I'm glad they changed it from the original ... I don't fancy that one at all. Oh well, that's another visit to the hire shop, you've got me going now. Enjoyed The Tourist by the way, thanks for the recommendation. Have an angst free week.

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  6. What a film that was! I always find psychological thrillers the most scary of films.

    If we want to keep infidelity down this film should go on release annually!

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  7. Good Morning Bijoux~

    " SCARY STUFF!"

    HA! Yooooooooooooooooou said it!

    Watching it again after all these years, I STILL got scared. Glenn Close is so flawlessly psychotic in this movie! Just the look in her eyes gives me the creeps!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a great week!

    X

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  8. Hey Lady Dianne~

    Isn't the Alex Barbie doll faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous?? When I saw it online, I almost died!

    "one of my all time favorite lines comes from this movie ... "I will not be ignored"
    priceless."

    Yes! Yes! Yes! OMG, it gave me CREEPS when she said that!!!!! The DVD special features shows her rehearsing for that scene with Michael Douglas. And even in rehearsals it was SCARY.

    "and I'm so glad you think Ann is beautiful, so do I
    I think she's been under appreciated her entire career."

    THANK YOU!!!! I think the same thing - you hardly ever see her in anything, yet she's a brilliant actress. And absolutely beautiful and sexy.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a grrrrreat week!

    X to you and the gang!

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  9. Hi Lady Nitebyrd~

    "I felt sorrier for the rabbit than I did for Michael Douglas."

    OMG...me too! I totally forgot about that scene until I saw again. Anne Archer said that it was one the hardest scenes for her to do in the movie.

    "Glenn Close was FABULOUS as a crazy bitch. She actually came very close to Joan Crawford crazy, IMO."

    HAHHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! I never thought of that, but you're absolutely right....she does remind you of Joan Crawford crazy!

    Holy cow, when Anne finally shot her....I CHEERED!!!!!!

    The original ending is good too, just not as violent.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis. Have a great Monday and week!

    X

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  10. Greetings Rob~

    OMG...when you finally see it, I KNOW you're gonna LOVE IT!

    You'll be on the edge of your seat through the whole movie!

    It truly is one of the best psychological thrillers I've ever seen.

    Yes, be sure to stock up on tostios and hummus, because cause you're gonna need it - HA!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a super week!

    X

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  11. The sheer thought of seeing that movie again sends shivers over me! PS. love the brillo haired phycho in the bottom pic with the bunny peep soup!!!!!

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  12. Good Morning Valerie~

    "I remember going through all sorts of emotion while watching this film but it wasso long ago I can't remember how it ended."

    The wife (Anne Archer) shoots Alex in the bathtub. The original ending was much less violent, but I found it very satisfying and conclusive. However, the test screening audiences didn't like it.

    Anne Archer and Glenn Close both fought like crazy to NOT change the original ending, but finally agreed.

    So glad you enjoyed The Tourist! Funny, because just this past weekend I was thinking about you and wondering if you watched it yet. Wasn't it great?

    Thank you for stopping by, dear lady. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  13. Hey Babs~

    "What a film that was! I always find psychological thrillers the most scary of films."

    Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee too! I'm not much for thrillers with a lot violence, I much prefer movies that play with your head. And this one DOES!

    "If we want to keep infidelity down this film should go on release annually!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You said it! Perhaps it should be 'required veiwing' to all couples!!!

    Always great seeing you, my friend. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by!

    X

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  14. Hi SuziCate~

    "The sheer thought of seeing that movie again sends shivers over me!"

    HA! I totally forgot what a scary film it was until I saw it again.

    "PS. love the brillo haired phycho in the bottom pic with the bunny peep soup!!!!!"

    Tee, hee....isn't it BRILLIANT? I don't know who created it, but it's genius!

    Thank you for stopping by, Suzi. Have a fantabulous week!

    X

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  15. The elevator scene was sooo hot! It made me want to go down...I mean, up and down...I mean...

    Well, it made me want to ride elevators a lot!!

    Too bad Glenn Close didn't age very well. Great movie, though!

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  16. Howdy Mark~

    "The elevator scene was sooo hot! It made me want to go down...I mean, up and down...I mean...

    Well, it made me want to ride elevators a lot!!"

    Bwhahahahahaahahhahahahaha! You crack me the hell up, man!

    And you're right....the elevator scene was HOT!

    Isn't the movie awesome?????

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a supa' week!

    X

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  17. That was a very disturbing movie to me. I think one of the only ones that scared me worse was Hand That Rocks The Cradle I think was what it was called with Rebecca DeMorney? That was freaky too. And yeah, I wanted to cheer when she got shot too. She played that character flawlessly!

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  18. Hey Peg~

    Yes, it was a VERY disturbing movie to say the least. But, I loved it - tee, hee!

    Ooooo...oooooo....yes! The Hand That Rocks The Cradle was another fabulously scary and suspensive movie, I agree!!!! Rebecca DeMorney was flawless in that role! Scared the hell out of me!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear friend. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  19. ...That movie freaked. me. out. And I still love Glenn Close. And yeah, that is a good movie to watch if you're contemplating having an affair...if you still have an affair after watching that then you have balls of steel my friend! lol... ;o)

    ...And I did not know that regarding the ending of the movie. You are a wealth of information there Ron - and thank you! :o)

    ...As always, thank you for visiting me and leaving your sweet comments! You always, and I mean always, make my day!

    ...Have a fantabulous week and blessings too... :o)

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  20. Hellooooooo TJ~

    "And yeah, that is a good movie to watch if you're contemplating having an affair...if you still have an affair after watching that then you have balls of steel my friend! lol... ;o)"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha....OMG, I LOVE YOU, TJ!

    Yes, don't ya still love Glenn Close? I admire how she takes breaks from movie-making to work onstage. LOVED her in Sunset Boulevard!!! Very diverse actress!

    Yes, I didn't know about the original ending either, until I watch DVD special features.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your awesome energy on this blog. I so appreciate your presence here!

    And I LOVE your blog. You GO, girl!

    Have a MARVI week and blessings too.....X

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  21. Even though peeps, especially pink ones, probably deserve a slow painful death....that doll/bunny picture is really quite disturbing. *shudders*

    I, too, LOVED Fatal Attraction. We saw it in the theater forever ago and got there a little late and had to sit wayyyy down in front. Exta horror being so close to the craziness.

    Glenn Close is a fabulous actress, one of my very favorite movies is Dangerous Liasons and she rocked that part too!
    But if you've got the lovely, sweet, sensuous Beth at home should you ever go with a chick like Alex? NO, not ever... dammit!!!

    Interesting tidbit about the alternate ending.

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  22. Nonononono....omgosh... This one and Silence of the Lambs.
    I can't do it.
    Oh, hold on--and that one with the boat and some crazed dude.

    O
    M
    G

    I'm going to lose sleep just thinking about the pieces I did catch.

    I can get just so far into the movie--and then I'm done.
    And I mean done!

    I like Disney.
    LOTS.
    Rather liked Cars, if you must know.

    And Nemo.

    Yes, I know.....LOL W-U-S-S.

    Pfffffffffttttt!!!!! :-P

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  23. Hiya Crystal Chick~

    "Even though peeps, especially pink ones, probably deserve a slow painful death....that doll/bunny picture is really quite disturbing. *shudders*"

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That was HILARIOUS! And knowing my utter distain for peeps (especially pink ones), you know how I feel. However, you're right...the picture is quite disturbing. Especially the dolls EYES!!! But, I still found it so clever - tee, hee!

    Yes, I too saw Fatal Attraction in the theater the first time. I saw it with a married couple that I use to be friends with when I lived in Florida.

    Isn't Glenn Close the BOMB? So diverse! Yup...Dangerous Liasons is SUCH an awesome film and she was pretty dang scary in that one too! LOVED the costumes and time period.

    "But if you've got the lovely, sweet, sensuous Beth at home should you ever go with a chick like Alex? NO, not ever... dammit!!!"

    That's what I thought too. How could he cheat with such a gorgeous wife at home?!?!

    Thanks for stopping by, M. I always enjoy our chats! Have a great week!

    X

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  24. Hiya Mel~

    OMG...I LOVED Silence of the Lambs (only the first one). Just thinking about it now, still gives me the willies!

    "Oh, hold on--and that one with the boat and some crazed dude."

    Yes, I think you mean Cape Fear with Robert De Niro. LOOOOOOOOOOVED that one too! What can I tell ya....I'm a FREAK!

    "I like Disney.
    LOTS.
    Rather liked Cars, if you must know.

    And Nemo."

    Meeeeee too! And on the other end of the spectrum I like humorous movies too.

    I LOVED Toy Story!!!!

    No, you're not a W-U-S-S....you just don't like scary movies.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a grand Monday!

    X to you and the bug!

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  25. Ron, that last pic cracked me up!

    Yes, I've seen this film. And yes, it scared the bejesus out me! Glenn Close is one of my favorite actresses.

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  26. Hola Denise~

    HA! That pic cracked me up too, that's why I had to use it.

    I love Glenn Close too! She was nominated for best actress in this film, but didn't win :(

    Infact, Fatal Attraction was nominated for MANY awards that year, but didn't win. I think it was because of the topic. Anyway, I LOVED it!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a super-duper week!

    X

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  27. You should have let me know you were posting the Barbie Dead Bunny picture... you could have borrowed some of my bone gifs to add to it LOLOLOL!!!!!

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  28. Have you seen the movie "Unfaithful" with Richard Gere and Diane Lane? How do you think it compares? If you haven't seen it, and thus can't answer my question, I challenge you to rent Unfaithful and report back. Similar concept..but I liked it better for reasons that I can't explain other than it's more dramatic when the wife cheats!

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  29. Totally in agreement - way at the top of the list of spectacular films from the 1980s. I'm usually too nervous to sit through a thriller, but I've seen this one several times.

    I was just thinking about an older movie today on the drive home. I think it was based on a Grisham book and the film was called Runaway Jury with John Cusak. Not really a comparison with FA, but a curious story that I remember enjoying on film. I remembered it because I had jury duty today in criminal court and hallelujah thank the good Lord, was not selected.

    Hope you have a mahvelous week! xoxo ~diane

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  30. Wow! I never knew about the alternative ending. But after seeing it I still prefer the final cut of the film. Glenn Close was absolutely psychotic in the film. From scene one she had that bizarre off-kilter air about her that gave me the heebie jeebies. One look in her eyes and you knew that she was a ten-pin short of a full rack.

    I can't count how many times I've seen the "flick the lights off and on" scene mocked and parodied. Heck, even Family Guy got in on the action recently. Heh...

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  31. Hi Katherine~

    "You should have let me know you were posting the Barbie Dead Bunny picture... you could have borrowed some of my bone gifs to add to it."

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG...that would have been faaaaaabulous!

    Once again....I ADORED that Barbie Doll photo you had on your post!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, Katherine. Always great to see ya. Have a super week!

    X

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  32. Hey Tracy~

    "Have you seen the movie "Unfaithful" with Richard Gere and Diane Lane? How do you think it compares?"

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I have seen that movie and LOVE it! In fact, I've re-rented it several times! I'm a HUGE Diane Lane fan and she was awesome in that movie. So was Gere.

    And agree...it is (for some reason) more dramatic when the wife cheats. I think it may be because it's not expected as much, but it does happen.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and reminding of yet, another brilliant suspense/thriller film!

    Hope you had a great Monday and wonderful week!

    X

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  33. Hi Diane~

    "I'm usually too nervous to sit through a thriller, but I've seen this one several times."

    HA! I know what you mean because it DRAWS you in so fast, and then takes you on a rollercoaster ride that you're scared of, but want to ride it anyway!

    No, I've not seen Runaway Jury, but I love movies that have anything to do with law and courtroom drama! And I really like John Cusak. And also his sister!

    I'll look for it in the video store next time I'm there, so thanks for the recommendation!

    HALLEUJAH! You weren't selected for jury duty....yaaaaaaaay! I've been called in several times, but was able to get out of it because I'm an independent contractor - whew!

    Always FAB to see ya, my friend. Thanks oodles for stopping by! Have a mahvi week!

    X to you and cristybella!

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  34. Howdy Herman~

    Yes, many prefer the final cut, so you're not alone!!!!

    "Glenn Close was absolutely psychotic in the film. From scene one she had that bizarre off-kilter air about her that gave me the heebie jeebies. One look in her eyes and you knew that she was a ten-pin short of a full rack."

    YES! YES! YES! In fact, Saturday night while I was watching it again, she gave a "look" to a guy in her first scene and I thought the SAME THING....heebie jeebies BIG TIME! I had chills!

    Glenn Close was freaking amazing in that role. And to think that they were NOT going to even consider her for the part, blows me away.

    "I can't count how many times I've seen the "flick the lights off and on" scene mocked and parodied. Heck, even Family Guy got in on the action recently."

    HA! And it's funny you mentioned that scene, because in the DVD special features they explained how they were originally going to shoot that scene (with Glenn Close at the opera), but then changed it to what it was. Which was soooooooooooo much better!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had a great Monday. Have a FAB week!

    X

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  35. wow, i have never watched the movie n now you made me feel like watching it! psychological thrillers are just so juicy, the fright, as well as the gore. gosh, how can we ever get enough of that!

    by the way, thanks for dropping by so often at my site for the past week. we had a few days public holiday, thus the company make the rest of the week compulsory leaves. now that i'm back, i'm so grateful to saw your comments that you left. you are such a sweet sweet guy, ron. thank you so much! hugs!

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  36. Greetings Levian~

    "psychological thrillers are just so juicy, the fright, as well as the gore. gosh, how can we ever get enough of that!"

    I agree! And I can't WAIT for you to see this film because I KNOW you're gonna LOVE it! Truly one of the BEST thrillers!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you had a great few days public holiday!

    Have a super week!

    X

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  37. Ah! I hadn't thought of this movie for a long time, but you're absolutely right. I need to see it again.

    Now that I think of it, I wouldn't midn seeing Dangerous Liaisons again, either. Glenn Close is a great actress...

    Pearl

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  38. Hey Pearl~

    Oh, please watch it again because it's one of the best psychological thrillers from the 80's!

    And yes....I wouldn't mind seeing Dangerous Liaisons again either!

    Glenn Close....ROCKS the house!

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of your week!

    X
    P.S. stay cool!

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  39. Oh, yes. Fatal Attraction is a MOST excellent movie that scared the shit out of me!!

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  40. Hiya Meleah~

    "Fatal Attraction is a MOST excellent movie that scared the shit out of me!!"

    HA! Isn't it the BEST scare????

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have a great week!

    X

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  41. I saw this movie in the theater with a friend of mine when it first came out. Neither of us were involved with anyone at the time, but we vowed that whenever we did find true love that we would be sure they had seen this flick - just for insurance purposes ;0)

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  42. Greetings The Bumbles~

    Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. It's nice to meet you! I enjoyed your post on Matty's blog.

    "Neither of us were involved with anyone at the time, but we vowed that whenever we did find true love that we would be sure they had seen this flick - just for insurance purposes.'

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LOVE IT!

    Please stop by anytime. You're always welcomed!

    X

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  43. It was the whole boiled bunny thing that got me. I can't watch that movie. It's just too creepy. But, what a good thriller.

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  44. Hey Jen~

    "It was the whole boiled bunny thing that got me."

    OMG, I know! That was a 'close your eyes and turn your head the other way moment' HA!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend! Hope you're having a fab week!

    X

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  45. um, can you even believe i've never seen this movie??

    i don't like creepy stuff that much though or scary stuff. i'm a totally baby.

    i saw sleeping with the enemy, which wasn't bad - another 80s thriller.

    i really wanted to see Lincoln Lawyer that was out recently, supposed to be a good psychological thriller. and ryan philippe is hawt!

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  46. Hey Blunt~

    What???? You've never seen this movie?!?!

    "i don't like creepy stuff that much though or scary stuff. i'm a totally baby."

    Oh, okay....then DON'T watch this movie because it's VERY creepy and scary.

    I LOVED Sleeping With The Enemy!!!!!

    Yes, I want to see Lincoln Lawyer too. I heard it's FAB!

    Thanks for stopping by, bestie! Have a great weekend....X

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