All Christopher Walken Movies Ranked


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Christopher Walken‘s first significant appearance in a movie, Annie Hall, may have been brief but it was certainly memorable (he played Annie’s possibly psychotic brother) – so memorable that studios began casting him in seemingly everything that possibly could. And, indeed, Walken has since been in nearly 100 movies across a six-decade career, a performer whose intense presence and halting speech cadence makes him perfectly suited for dramatics, comedy, and villainy.

Walken has collaborated with some of the biggest name directors out there, including Steven Spielberg (Catch Me If You Can), Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys), Tim Burton (Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, The Dead Zone), Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths), Abel Ferrara (The King of New York, New Rose Hotel), and Michael Cimino. Cimino’s The Deer Hunter got Walken his first Oscar nomination and win for Best Supporting Actor. Another nomination in the same category came over 20 years later for Catch Me If You Can.

An unparalleled workhorse, Walken has averaged three movie releases a year over the recent decades, crediting his robust resume to having no hobbies. And you can re-visit his work now as we rank all Christopher Walken movies by Tomatometer!


Adjusted Score: 11.287%

Critics Consensus: Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.

Synopsis: Larry Gigli, a lowly hit man in Los Angeles, who is looking to finally score big, lands the perfect “job”–or… [More]


Adjusted Score: 10.908%

Critics Consensus: Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that’s essentially one extended poop joke.

Synopsis: After delivering a critical and box-office hit with 2001’s Bandits, director Barry Levinson once again takes on the comedy genre… [More]


Adjusted Score: 10.9%

Critics Consensus: The humor is gratingly dumb, and Kangaroo Jack contains too much violence and sexual innuendo for a family movie.

Synopsis: Two low-level American crooks head to Australia, where they match wits with a kangaroo (who appears to have an intellectual… [More]


Adjusted Score: 4.224%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this sequel to the 2001 cult favorite, David Spade (“Rules of Engagement”) returns as the mullet-wearing, rock and roll… [More]


Adjusted Score: 11.97%

Critics Consensus: If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread.

Synopsis: As the title character of Joe Dirt, David Spade plays a “white trash” janitor at an L.A. radio station, whose… [More]


Adjusted Score: 16.077%

Critics Consensus: Not meow, not ever.

Synopsis: Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing… [More]


Adjusted Score: 16.391%

Critics Consensus: A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.

Synopsis: A director of contemporary comedies, Charles Shyer makes a genre leap into period costume drama with this lavish epic based… [More]


Adjusted Score: 18.194%

Critics Consensus: Success has many fathers, but failure is Father Figures.

Synopsis: Two brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) hit the road to find their long-lost dad after they learn that their… [More]


Adjusted Score: 4.245%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In the third installment of the series that began with The Prophecy, the Angel Gabriel (Christopher Walken) has taken up… [More]


Adjusted Score: 23.054%

Critics Consensus: The life story of model-turned- bounty-hunter Domino Harvey struggles to get out of this overwrought and excessive biopic.

Synopsis: The daughter of respected actor and matinee idol Lawrence Harvey, and model-turned-socialite Sophie Wynn, Domino Harvey was born into a… [More]


Adjusted Score: 15.547%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Abel Ferrara directed this erotic thriller adapted by Ferrara and Christ Zois from a short story by science fiction author… [More]


Adjusted Score: 7.571%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: This romantic comedy concerns Kate Swallow (Carole Bouquet), who works in a French department store to help support her husband… [More]


Adjusted Score: 21.134%

Critics Consensus: The Jesus Rolls limply into the gutter in its misguided attempt to belatedly explore the saga of a supporting character better left on the margins.

Synopsis: Hours after being released from prison for good behavior, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow… [More]


Adjusted Score: 25.058%

Critics Consensus: Tasteless, yet harmless, Balls of Fury nevertheless fails to generate enough laughs despite its lowbrow intentions.

Synopsis: A disgraced former ping pong champion is drawn back into the world of high-stakes table tennis to carry out a… [More]


Adjusted Score: 25.746%

Critics Consensus: Weakened by second-half attempts at thriller and romance, this presidential comedy also fails to hit any sharp political notes, resulting in a confused and unsatisfying mess.

Synopsis: To make waves on the campaign trail, a late-night political talkshow host runs for president–only to have his prank backfire… [More]


Adjusted Score: 30.795%

Critics Consensus: In exchanging the chilling satire of the original into mindless camp, this remake has itself become Stepford-ized.

Synopsis: Stepford has a secret: all of the wives are way too perfect, and all of the husbands are way too… [More]


Adjusted Score: 26.985%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Based on what author Whitley Strieber described as true accounts, Communion tells the tale of a writer (Christopher Walken) who… [More]


Adjusted Score: 20.521%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In 1979, Jonathan Demme was still a cutting-edge director and The Last Embrace was his first effort at a completely… [More]


Adjusted Score: 33.548%

Critics Consensus: Fitfully funny but mostly misguided, The War with Grandpa will leave audiences with a handful of chuckles — and a lot of questions about what this talented cast was thinking.

Synopsis: Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid-he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair… [More]


Adjusted Score: 7.935%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A screen legend is drawn into a murder mystery that reaches to the highest ranks of the entertainment industry in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 31.245%

Critics Consensus: Around the Bend sets a destination of earnest generational drama, but settles for the most derivative route to get there, veering off course into trite sentimentality.

Synopsis: Four generations of an American family are brought together by difficult circumstances while facing some unpleasant truths in this drama…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 34.121%

Critics Consensus: Fatally undermined by dodgy accents and a questionable story, Wild Mountain Thyme is a baffling misfire for a talented filmmaker and impressive cast.


Adjusted Score: 32.845%

Critics Consensus: Despite all the celebrities on hand, this spin-off from a theme park attraction still feels tired and hokey.

Synopsis: Like other celebrated rock-and-roll groups, the members of the legendary group ‘The Country Bears’–Ted and Fred Bedderhead, Tennessee O’Neal and… [More]


Adjusted Score: 33.347%

Critics Consensus: It isn’t the worst ’90s action thriller, but by bungling a story pitting Johnny Depp against Christopher Walken, the rote Nick of Time ranks among the most disappointing.

Synopsis: A stranger pulled into a deadly scheme races against time to save his daughter in this thriller. Gene Watson (Johnny… [More]


Adjusted Score: 33.22%

Critics Consensus: Struggling to find a romantic spark in a seedy premise, Excise Baggage is weighed down by a lot of comedic dead weight.

Synopsis: Wanting her father’s love, an attention-starved debutante engineers her own kidnapping by making a bogus phone call and then locking… [More]


Adjusted Score: 28.038%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: IRREPLACEABLE YOU is the heartwarming, romantic story of Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman), best friends since childhood who… [More]


Adjusted Score: 36.631%

Critics Consensus: Despite its famous cast, the movie lacks sympathetic characters and is only funny in spurts.

Synopsis: For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful mega-star like Gwen isn’t easy. But… [More]


Adjusted Score: 22.486%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Martin Mirkhein (Griffin Dunne) is a failed entrepreneur trying to figure out how to pay a huge tax bill to… [More]


Adjusted Score: 34.044%

Critics Consensus: Just watch a Tarantino movie instead — and buy a Warren Zevon record while you’re at it.

Synopsis: Ex-gangsters attempting to go straight are confounded by their former boss in this offbeat thriller. The story centers on Jimmy… [More]


Adjusted Score: 33.289%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A pacifistic young man heals the sick and becomes a national sensation. Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard and… [More]


Adjusted Score: 33.439%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A small-time pool shark with dreams of the big time seeks revenge against the mentor who did him wrong in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 12.729%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Gabriel is the leader of an evil angel group that seeks to destroy humanity because God favors mortals. After returning… [More]


Adjusted Score: 19.093%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this supernatural tale of terror, a beautiful young woman has been suffering from terrible headaches and memory blackouts. On… [More]


Adjusted Score: 35.077%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Capo di tutti-frutti: Mob biggie is captured and used as bait by a group of inept rich kids when one… [More]


Adjusted Score: 39.802%

Critics Consensus: This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It’s A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation.

Synopsis: A workaholic architect, frustrated in his job but determined to make a better life for his family, is bestowed with… [More]


Adjusted Score: 39.66%

Critics Consensus: Stand Up Guys largely wastes its talented cast in a resolutely mediocre comedy hampered by messy direction and a perfunctory script.

Synopsis: Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close… [More]


Adjusted Score: 41.128%

Critics Consensus: Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.

Synopsis: Director John Glen tries his damnedest — a pre-credit snowmobile chase, a parachute jump off the Eiffel Tower, a life-or-death… [More]


Adjusted Score: 38.025%

Critics Consensus: Last Man Standing’s brooding atmosphere and bursts of artfully arranged action prove intriguing yet ultimately insufficient substitutes for a consistently compelling story.

Synopsis: A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a… [More]


Adjusted Score: 42.596%

Critics Consensus: Man on Fire starts out well, but goes over the top in the violent second half.

Synopsis: A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 40.279%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: An ambitious, restless writer, Tuccio is the resident playwright of a struggling New York City repertory company, who has written… [More]


Adjusted Score: 43.22%

Critics Consensus: Mouse Hunt gets trapped under the weight of its excessive slapstick antics.

Synopsis: Nathan Lane and Lee Evans do a fair impression of Laurel and Hardy in this darkly comic, and too often… [More]


Adjusted Score: 48.138%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In the wake of such Satanic-themed thrillers as Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen comes The Sentinel. When New… [More]


Adjusted Score: 47.645%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this erotic thriller, a young English couple on vacation in Venice find themselves seduced by a mysterious older couple…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 17.258%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Religious conspiracy collides with urban crime on a day filled with danger, mystery and possible transformation. (c) Official Site… [More]


Adjusted Score: 10.086%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Boris Plotz, Director of the Plotz Funeral Home, dreamed of only two things as a young boy: dancing and Betty…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 59.756%

Critics Consensus: Jersey Boys is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there’s no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments.

Synopsis: Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 53.299%

Critics Consensus: This movie musical aims for fun and modern, but Romance and Cigarettes is too scattered and uneven to achieve either.

Synopsis: Nick is a New York ironworker married to Kitty, a strong but gentle woman with whom he has three grown… [More]


Adjusted Score: 53.282%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Beautiful aspiring rock star Jude (Heard) is stuck in a rut – relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 54.165%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A young Irish immigrant from Dublin, now settled in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, tries to seduce a former gangster who’s… [More]


Adjusted Score: 56.053%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Natalie Wood made her last screen appearance in Brainstorm; in fact, she died before the film was completed, necessitating extensive… [More]


Adjusted Score: 44.299%

Critics Consensus: Allison Williams and company do their best, but no amount of clapping or pixie dust can keep Peter Pan Live! afloat.

Synopsis: Preparing to sprinkle fairy dust across America, NBC presents a bold new LIVE television production of the classic Broadway musical… [More]

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Adjusted Score: 61.142%

Critics Consensus: Cute idea, but not consistently funny.

Synopsis: In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen… [More]


Adjusted Score: 62.799%

Critics Consensus: Heaven’s Gate contains too many ideas and striking spectacle to be a disaster, but this western buckles under the weight of its own sprawl.

Synopsis: A notorious artistic and financial failure, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate was blamed for critically wounding the movie Western and definitively… [More]


Adjusted Score: 60.796%

Critics Consensus: Arguably Robert Redford’s most inchoate work, The Milagro Beanfield War has plenty of beautiful moments, but they don’t quite add up to a worthwhile whole.

Synopsis: It’s advisable to know from the beginning of The Milagro Beanfield War that “milagro” is the Spanish word for “miracle.”… [More]


Adjusted Score: 60.854%

Critics Consensus: Though it’s not as good as it could have been, Scotland PA shows cleverness at utilizing its premise.

Synopsis: What happens if you take one of William Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies and move it to a burger joint in the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 63.086%

Critics Consensus: The characters are still endearing, but the jokes in Wayne’s World 2 are more hit-and-miss the second time around.

Synopsis: This sequel to the hit comedy focuses on the attempts of Wayne and Garth to organize Waynestock, a gigantic rock… [More]


Adjusted Score: 22.713%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Alex (Anne Heche) is a corporate banker who refuses to prostitute herself for the company but has house payments to… [More]


Adjusted Score: 62.899%

Critics Consensus: Kill the Irishman may not add much in the way of new ingredients to its crowded genre, but the admirable efforts of a solidly assembled cast add extra depth to a familiar story.

Synopsis: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish… [More]


Adjusted Score: 68.982%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Adapted from the Frederick Forsythe novel, Dogs of War focuses on a mercenary named Shannon (Christopher Walken), who is hired… [More]


Adjusted Score: 68.89%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Jeffrey Wright is superb in this biopic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist who rose from homelessness to fame and fortune,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 73.144%

Critics Consensus: The Rundown doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seann William Scott.

Synopsis: Beck (The Rock) is a “retrieval specialist” in hock to a powerful and not particularly nice gentleman named Walker (William… [More]


Adjusted Score: 74.239%

Critics Consensus: It isn’t Tim Burton’s best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.

Synopsis: Washington Irving’s tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed… [More]


Adjusted Score: 72.301%

Critics Consensus: Typically misanthropic yet curiously satisfying and incisive, Dark Horse is a movie that preaches to the cynical converted.

Synopsis: Thirty-something guy with arrested development falls for thirty-something girl with arrested development, but moving out of his junior high school… [More]


Adjusted Score: 72.558%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A pair of filmmakers find themselves in trouble when their three major financiers — a film mogul, a shady businessman,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 75.328%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: This breathlessly paced high-tech thriller stars Sean Connery as Anderson, a career criminal who’s just been released from his latest… [More]


Adjusted Score: 75.244%

Critics Consensus: King of New York covers familiar narrative ground with impressive style — and leaves plenty of room for its talented cast to deliver gripping performances.

Synopsis: Upon his release from prison, ruthless drug kingpin Frank White moves to regains control of his criminal empire. This character-driven… [More]


Adjusted Score: 77.196%

Critics Consensus: Abel Ferrara’s 1995 horror/suspense experiment blends urban vampire adventure with philosophical analysis to create a smart, idiosyncratic, and undeniably odd take on the genre.

Synopsis: Director Abel Ferrara applies his eccentric vision to the vampire genre with this cerebral “Art” film about graduate philosophy student… [More]


Adjusted Score: 79.722%

Critics Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast lends weight and depth to A Late Quartet’s melodramatic script, and the result is insightful and emotionally satisfying.

Synopsis: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group’s future suddenly hangs in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 82.25%

Critics Consensus: Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Synopsis: Two guys find out the hard way that sneaking into the wrong party can cause serious problems in this comedy…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 79.359%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: During World War II, a young Jewish man is drafted and sent to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he… [More]


Adjusted Score: 80.295%

Critics Consensus: Abel Ferrara reunites with Christopher Walken to forge another haunting gangster saga, delivering a bruising exploration of vengeance.

Synopsis: In the Bronx during the Depression, this crime drama centers on three Italian-American brothers and their family crime tradition. After… [More]


Adjusted Score: 80.834%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Director Paul Mazursky drew from his own formative experiences as a struggling New York actor in Next Stop, Greenwich Village…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 34.628%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: The made-for-television film Sarah, Plain & Tall is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production about a single New England schoolteacher… [More]


Adjusted Score: 86.224%

Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton’s dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton’s work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.

Synopsis: In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the legendary hero does battle against the mysterious Cat Woman and the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 83.585%

Critics Consensus: A complicated little musical, Pennies from Heaven is a dazzling, tragic spectacle.

Synopsis: Adapted from Dennis Potter’s landmark British TV miniseries and relocated to the United States during the Depression, Pennies from Heaven… [More]


Adjusted Score: 89.548%

Critics Consensus: Eddie the Eagle’s amiable sweetness can’t disguise its story’s many inspirational clichés — but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.

Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but… [More]


Adjusted Score: 85.505%

Critics Consensus: Layered performances from Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman add extra depth to The Family Fang’s sharply observed look at domestic dysfunction.

Synopsis: Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after… [More]


Adjusted Score: 91.152%

Critics Consensus: Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.

Synopsis: Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 88.425%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: True story of an aimless Pennsylvania teen who is drawn in to his father’s life of crime. Powerful performances by… [More]


Adjusted Score: 92.826%

Critics Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.

Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 98.468%

Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.

Synopsis: Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony… [More]


Adjusted Score: 100.329%

Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film’s weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino’s sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.

Synopsis: The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of… [More]


Adjusted Score: 99.241%

Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.

Synopsis: Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 96.979%

Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.

Synopsis: Central Park ant drone Z longs to be an individual of accomplishment, but Z’s colony is a society that puts… [More]


Adjusted Score: 96.904%

Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino’s savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott’s True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.

Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his… [More]


Adjusted Score: 106.89%

Critics Consensus: As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors — all while setting a new standard for CGI.

Synopsis: Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when… [More]


Adjusted Score: 104.34%

Critics Consensus: Filled with poignant performances and devastating humor, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.

Synopsis: “Annie Hall” is a comical look at the up and down relationship between a New York City TV writer and… [More]


Adjusted Score: 101.761%

Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that’s stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Frank W. Abagnale was employed as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for… [More]


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