Steven Spielberg and Duel

A fascinating look behind the scenes of an acclaimed work, this book will interest not only scholars and film historians but anyone interested in the work of Richard Matheson and Steven Spielberg.

Author: Steven Awalt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810892613

Category: Performing Arts

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Since the early 1970s, Steven Spielberg has directed more than two dozen films, many of which have achieved classic status. In addition to critical and commercial successes that include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln, Spielberg’s name has become synonymous with such thrilling adventure films as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report. Before he became a world-renowned filmmaker, however, Spielberg established himself on television, helming episodes of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery; Marcus Welby, M.D.; and Columbo. But it was the small-screen version of a Richard Matheson short story that brought the young director’s work to the attention of critics and viewers alike. In Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career, Steven Awalt provides an exhaustive study commemorating the film that decisively launched the career of a major film artist. Through in-depth research and interviews with the film’s creative and technical crew, the author tracks the film from genesis through production to release. Awalt conducted lengthy one-on-one interviews with Spielberg, Matheson, assistant director James Fargo, editor Frank Morriss, composer Billy Goldenberg, former MCA/Universal president Sidney J. Sheinberg, and writer-producer Steven Bochco, among others. Spielberg provided access to many rare documents from his archives, including multiple drafts of Duel’s teleplay, the shooting schedule, shooting logistics breakdowns, and production correspondence. The first book-length examination of this important production in the director’s early career, Steven Spielberg and Duel also includes the original teleplay by Matheson, four additional scenes created for the international theatrical release of the film, photos, and storyboards of the film’s final sequence. A fascinating look behind the scenes of an acclaimed work, this book will interest not only scholars and film historians but anyone interested in the work of Richard Matheson and Steven Spielberg.
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But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning ...

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429913665

Category: Fiction

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Remember that murderous semi chasing Dennis Weaver down a lonely stretch of desert highway? Duel, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed first film, was adapted by Richard Matheson from his unforgettable story of the same name. But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning shockers that inspired memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Little Girl Lost," "Steel," and "Third from the Sun." Like Matheson's previous collection, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, this collection is an indispensable treasure trove of terror from the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Steven Spielberg

3 And while zoom lenses were something new on the filmmaking scene,
Spielberg preferred tracking shots so that the ... and was currently in McCloud (
NBC) playing a deputy marshal 16 STEVEN SPIELBERG Break-Out Television
Movie: Duel.

Author: Kathi Jackson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313337969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Profiles the award-winning director of blockbuster movies, including "Jurassic Park," "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
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Directed by Steven Spielberg

Duel is based on a short story (and screenplay) by Richard Matheson, a
successful writer of science fiction/fantasy novels, short stories, and film and TV
scripts (including episodes of The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery). Spielberg's
faithful ...

Author: Warren Buckland

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826416926

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 242

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Although the blockbuster is the most popular and commercially successful type of filmmaking, it has yet to be studied seriously from a formalist standpoint. This is in opposition to classical Hollywood cinema and International Art cinema, whose form has been analyzed and deconstructed in great detail. Directed By Steven Spielberg fills this gap by examining the distinctive form of the blockbuster. The book focuses on Spielberg's blockbusters, because he is the most consistent and successful director of this type of film - he defines the standard by which other Hollywood blockbusters are judged and compared. But how did Spielberg attain this position? Film critics and scholars generally agree that Spielberg's blockbusters have a unique look and use visual storytelling techniques to their utmost effectiveness. In this book, Warren Buckland examines Spielberg's distinct manipulation of film form, and his singular use of stylistic and narrative techniques. The book demonstrates the aesthetic options available to Spielberg, and particularly the choices he makes in structuring his blockbusters. Buckland emphasizes the director's activity in making a film (particularly such a powerful director as Spielberg), including: visualizing the scene on paper via storyboards; staging and blocking the scene; selecting camera placement and movement; determining the progression or flow of the film from shot to shot; and deciding how to narrate the story to the spectator. Directed By Steven Spielberg combines film studies scholarship with the approach taken by many filmmaking manuals. The unique value of the book lies in its grounding of formal film analysis in filmmaking.
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Steven Spielberg

In a promotional move that was unusual for a TV movie and reflected the studio's
high degree of pride in Duel and in Steven Spielberg, Universal threw a press
preview party on the lot, showing the film simultaneously in several screening ...

Author: Joseph McBride

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604738375

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

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Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg’s personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker’s personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been. This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg’s life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg’s ambitious recent work—including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal and Munich—has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter. Steven Spielberg: A Biography brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker’s life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg’s later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America’s most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.
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Steven Spielberg

At the pinnacle of his career and now in his fourth decade as a director, Steven Spielberg is firmly established as the world's most popular film-maker.

Author: James Clarke

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 9781848398702

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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At the pinnacle of his career and now in his fourth decade as a director, Steven Spielberg is firmly established as the world's most popular film-maker. Celebrated for his mastery of spectacle and fantasy he has, more recently, proven his skill as a craftsman of compelling populist drama. He is an icon of late twentieth century popular culture. From the thrills and zestful adventure of Jaws and the unflinching recreation of Auschwitz in Schindler's List, to the tender idealism of ET and the sombre hymn to brotherhood of Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg takes his audience on new journeys, to places often unknown to the eye but always familiar and recognisable to the heart. With his films AI, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can, Spielberg continues to invest powerful emotion into familiar genres. His work has become more nuanced and shaded, but its sense of optimism remains. This Pocket Essential examines every Spielberg film since Duel and includes a career overview of a singular director whose work has transcended its origin to become the cinematic vision for a generation of moviegoers.
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A Companion to Steven Spielberg

Time, April 16. Awalt, Steven. 2014. Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a
Film Career. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Bakhtin, Mikhail. 1984. Rabelais
and His World. Translated by Helene Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana University ...

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118726914

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 536

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A Companion to Steven Spielberg provides an authoritative collection of essays exploring the achievements and legacy of one of the most influential film directors of the modern era. Offers comprehensive coverage of Spielberg’s directorial output, from early works including Duel, The Sugarland Express, and Jaws, to recent films Explores Spielberg’s contribution to the development of visual effects and computer games, as well as the critical and popular reception of his films Topics include in-depth analyses of Spielberg’s themes, style, and filming techniques; commercial and cultural significance of the Spielberg ‘brand’ and his parallel career as a producer; and collaborative projects with artists and composers Brings together an international team of renowned scholars and emergent voices, balancing multiple perspectives and critical approaches Creates a timely and illuminating resource which acknowledges the ambiguity and complexity of Spielberg’s work, and reflects its increasing importance to film scholarship
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Empire of Dreams

1 Duel (1971) Paranoid Style What I was really striving for was a statement about
American paranoia. Duel was an exercise in paranoia. —Steven Spielberg (
Taylor 78) MAKING DUIEL Duel is a masterpiece of suspense, a simple, almost ...

Author: Andrew Gordon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 074255578X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 291

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This is a compendium of three books, all interlinked and written from Polly Fielding's own experiences:- 'And This Is My Adopted Daughter' gives a unique and moving insight into the innocent mind and spontaneous feelings of a child who seeks only to be loved and accepted by her adopted family. Later, as a young adult she begins a desperate search to find her natural mother... In 'A Mind To Be free' the reader is drawn compellingly into Polly's daily struggle with relationships, work, bringing up a family ... until she can no longer fight the pain of her past experiences without expert help. Despite severe self loathing and several suicide attempts, she finally weaves a path through the maze of the mental health system to reach her goal. 'Crossing the Borderline' tells how Polly finds the courage to slowly and painfully let go of the past and learns to cope in constructive ways with her powerful negative emotions, her sense of rejection and feelings of worthlessness. Polly expresses herself throughout in the present tense, which gives a striking immediacy to her writing. Reviews of the individual books:"I was emotionally drained reading Polly's story. I was there with her every step. It's cruel that anyone would treat a human being in this way, especially a child. It's a miracle that she did survive." Helen Robinson, former Chief Executive, Lincoln MIND, on 'And This Is My Adopted Daughter'"A Mind To Be Free highlights how extremely hard it is for a person whose complex difficulties do not fit into simple categories of mental illness to find effective treatment. The author has had to struggle not only with her own problems but also with the weaknesses of mental health care." Rai Turton, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, on 'A Mind To Be Free'"A balanced account of the lived experience of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This should be read by clinicians and service users alike. The first book to bring Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to life, this is a must-read for anybody who has an interest in this novel treatment." Paul Barrett, Nurse Specialist (Community Personality Disorders Service), Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust on 'Crossing The Borderline'
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The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

So too is class (although Spielberg refused to be pinned down on this, prompting
left-wing critics in Rome to leave a press conference in protest in 1972). Duel is a
genre exercise, dexterously combining thriller, road movie and western.

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231503457

Category: Performing Arts

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Cinema's most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves. Polarised critical attitudes largely overlook this, and evidence either unquestioning adulation or vilification often vitriolic for epitomising contemporary Hollywood. Detailed textual analyses reveal that alongside conventional commercial appeal, Spielberg's movies function consistently as a self-reflexive commentary on cinema. Rather than straightforwardly consumed realism or fantasy, they invite divergent readings and self-conscious spectatorship which contradict assumptions about their ideological tendencies. Exercising powerful emotional appeal, their ambiguities are profitably advantageous in maximising audiences and generating media attention.
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Duel the Distributor

Original stories, reproductions of typewritten scripts, with introductions, photos, drawings, interviews with the author and others, and afterwards by the author .

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Gauntlet Press

ISBN: 1887368728

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Original stories, reproductions of typewritten scripts, with introductions, photos, drawings, interviews with the author and others, and afterwards by the author .
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Compromise Formations

Gordon. Steven Spielberg's Duel was made as a "Movie of the Week" for ABC
television in 1971, but the acclaim it garnered after its release in Europe in 1973
permits it to be considered Spielberg's first theatrical film. Duel is a taut thriller in
the ...

Author: Kent State University. Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 0873383818

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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These essays are collected from the Fourth International Conference on Literature and Psychology held at Kent State University, 7-9 August 1987. In selecting the essays for this first collection to emerge from the varied conferences now being sponsored by the Kent State University Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis, Vera Camden has brought together representative contributions from two major contemporary schools of psychoanalytic criticism: object relations and Lacanian theory. These essays define the questions which emerge when both schools are brought into the kind of association engendered by this conference, offering not so much a resolution to opposing positions as a fuller articulation of the space each occupies and a fluidity of discussion which has characterized psychoanalysis since Freud's earliest discoveries. Each contributor is concerned with the place of the unconscious in the determination of the human subject and its representations. Whether the approach is primarily clinical or literary, each identifies and analyzes the anguish of the incomplete self--a sell which looks to construct, identify, regain, or even deny meaning. A crucial difference emerges among these authors as to how the experience of human alienation and the quest for identify is to be analyzed. Some would suggest, after Jacques Lacan, that the task of analysis is to recognize the illusion of the unitary self and to reconcile the individual to that state. Others would contend the task of analysis is to recover, by the transference relationship, the lost unity missing in childhood and reflect in adult object-relations. These essays range from clinical perspectives in psychosis and creativity to critical readings of Joyce and Shakespeare to recent applications of brain research to traditional psychoanalytic notions of the human subject. The richness and variety in this collection bear witness to the continuing impact of psychoanalysis on literary and cultural studies.
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Steven Spielberg

Even today many viewers — and criticsconsider Duel to be the best TV movie
ever made . With the success of Duel , Steven Spielberg was suddenly " hot . ”
Dozens of scripts came to him . All of a sudden every producer and studio
executive ...

Author: Bertram T. Knight


ISBN: 0382395077

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 61

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Traces the life and successful career of the man who has directed and produced both popular and award-winning films.
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When They Were 22

Duel " Purpose Steven Spielberg turned 22 on December 18 , 1969 . One of the
most famous filmmakers of all time was so frustrated by his first experience
directing a television show that he took time off from the business before
returning at ...

Author: Brad Dunn

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740758101

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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The author focuses on a single year in 100 extraordinary live to capture the mistakes and triumphs on the way to success.
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Steven Spielberg and Philosophy

Spielberg's early films Duel (1971; made for ABC's Movie of the Week series),
Sugarland Express (1974), and Jaws (1975) are the work of a driven young man
taken with the power of the camera and its ability to create a sense of energy, ...

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813138701

Category: Philosophy

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Without question, few directors have had such a powerful influence on the film industry and the moviegoing public as Steven Spielberg. Often referred to as the most successful American filmmaker of all time, Spielberg has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director six times, winning twice -- for Schindler's List in 1994 and Saving Private Ryan in 1999. Seven of his films have received the Best Picture Oscar nomination. He has brought to life some of the most popular heroes of all time, such as Indiana Jones, as well as some of the most despised villains, including Amon Goeth from Schindler's List and the killer shark from Jaws. Whatever the subject -- dinosaurs, war, extra-terrestrials, slavery, the Holocaust, or terrorism -- one clear and consistent touchstone is present in all of Spielberg's films: an interest in the human condition. In Steven Spielberg and Philosophy, Dean A. Kowalski and some of the nation's most respected philosophers investigate Spielberg's art to illuminate the nature of humanity. The book explores rich themes such as cinematic realism, fictional belief, terrorism, family ethics, consciousness, virtue and moral character, human rights, and religion in Spielberg's work. Avid moviegoers and deep thinkers will discover plenty of common ground in this collection.
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Steven Spielberg

Part of Duel's great appeal is the uneasiness it creates by never showing the
truck driver or explaining the anonymous ... Douglas Brode, who wrote The Films
of Steven Spielberg (1995), believes, however, that Duel is totally dependent on

Author: Elizabeth Ferber

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 0791032574

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 135

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Traces the life of the successful motion picture director, describes the movies that influenced him growing up, and discusses his major films
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Steven Spielberg

In a more probable, if less heart-warming, alternative version of the legend about
how Spielberg encountered Duel, a pal in the mailroom, part of his carefully
nurtured network, funnelled him an interesting screenplay already going the
rounds ...

Author: John Baxter

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: 0006384447

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 457

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Traces the life and career of Steven Spielberg and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of each of his films from "The Sugarland Express" to "Schindler's List"
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Steven Spielberg and his effects on culture

Essay from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: A, The University of Chicago, language: English, abstract: Steven Spielberg was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Author: Richards Macdonald

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656416326

Category: Literary Collections

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Essay from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: A, The University of Chicago, language: English, abstract: Steven Spielberg was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an armature film maker as he grew up moving several times and spending most of his youth in Arizona. He attended California State University Long Beach before dropping out to pursue his career in entertainment. In 1957, he gained experience as an unaccredited assistant editor in Wagon train the western classic. In 1961, he made an effort directing Battle squad which made a combination of footage of a plane on the ground, and that of World War II. In the late 1960s, he became a director for Universal and with the help of a television film, called duel in 1972; he got the opportunity to become a director. This paper will seek to analyze his life and the impact he had on culture. Discussion Steven Spielberg began his career as an amateur recording films as a child using the family camera. He started by recording family events, and then proceeded to film narratives with the camera set at different angles. He then filmed a movie at around twelve years of age using a script and cast of actors. At sixteen, he managed to film a science fiction movie titled firelight which was more than two hours long. In one night of showing the film, it earned $100 more than it had cost to produce (Film makers para 3). Later on, Spielberg produced a twenty four minute movie entitled Amblin which led to Universal signing him up as the youngest director on a long term deal. The movie won many festival awards leading to the signing of a contract of seven years under the television division. It is then that he directed "duel" which was well received and released to the theatres (Film makers para 5).
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Letter from a Psychoanalyst to Steven Spielberg

After Minority Report, released in 2002, a story about predicting future crimes (pray that it never happens), I saw Duel, your very first movie from 1971, in which a giant truck threatens the life of a man driving a car.

Author: Jean-Jacques Moscovitz

Publisher: Papier Sensible Editions

ISBN: 9781480001770

Category: Psychology

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After Minority Report, released in 2002, a story about predicting future crimes (pray that it never happens), I saw Duel, your very first movie from 1971, in which a giant truck threatens the life of a man driving a car. I have seen quite a few of your movies and I was seized by a desire to write to you. It was as if I was speaking to you, I, the spectator, sitting in the dark of the movie theatre, and you, behind the screen, were telling me a story. I have always imagined the movies like that? You have my word as a child. Very quickly, writing to you helped me to realize the extent of the role of your movies in the link between the myths written into our culture and those that are currently forging our present culture across the planet through the medium of movies. What a project! What is, therefore, the impact of movies on our present day culture?
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The Films of Steven Spielberg

A New York family models and mobiles that will eventually future Spielberg
themes in Duel . The buy a house in the country only to dis - be significant in
resisting the evil spells ; situation of highway pursuit will be cover that the
farmhouse is ...

Author: Neil Sinyard


ISBN: 0861243528

Category: Motion picture producers and directors

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Descriptions of Steven Spielberg's films
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Steven Spielberg

Duel was filmed in sixteen days in the California desert on a budget of $425,000.
Spielberg asked an artist to draw the whole story on a long strip of paper. He
hung this drawing on the wall in his desert motel room, running it all the way
around ...

Author: Tom Powers

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822524732

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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An introduction to the life of the American movie director, best known for his work in "E.T.," "Jurassic Park," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
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