WALL·E (2008)

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  • IMDb page: WALL·E (2008)
  • Rate: 8.5/10 total 285,583 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Family | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 27 June 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Budget: $180,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $534,767,889(Worldwide)(22 March 2009)
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight and Jeff Garlin
  • Original Music By: Thomas Newman   
  • Soundtrack: Down to Earth
  • Sound Mix: DTS-ES | SDDS | Dolby Digital EX
  • Plot Keyword: Robot | Plant | Rescue | Future | Loneliness

Writing Credits By:

  • Andrew Stanton (original story) &
  • Pete Docter (original story)
  • Andrew Stanton (screenplay) &
  • Jim Reardon (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • The song used in the teaser trailer is an excerpt of “Aquarela do Brasil (A Watercolor of Brazil.” It was written by Ari Barroso in 1939 for the annual Rio Carnival. The song was also used (with animation) in Disney’s Saludos Amigos, and in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.
  • Jim Reardon left his position as supervising director of The Simpsons television series to do animation on this film. On the DVD audio commentary for The Simpsons: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo, Reardon finally confirmed the title of the film he was working on – prior to that he would only say that it was due in 2008. In the film, the name of the first captain of the Axiom is Reardon, who piloted the ship from 2105 to 2248.
  • The main character’s name is actually an acronym, standing for “Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth-class.” EVE stands for “Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator” (even though she specifically evaluates earth’s vegetation) and M-O stands for “Microbe Obliterator.”
  • Most of the robots are voiced by Ben Burtt through mechanical sounds of his creation.
  • First instance of a Pixar feature-length film using live-action.
  • The makers consulted with a live-action director of photography, Roger Deakins, to learn how Deakins would light and shoot a scene if it were a live-action movie.
  • The film contains numerous references to Apple computers: -when WALL-E is fully charged by the sun, he makes the same “boot up” sound that most of Apple’s Macintosh computers have made since circa 1996. -WALL-E watches his favorite movie every night on the screen of an iPod -The villainous Autopilot’s voice is provided by Apple’s text-to-speech system, MacinTalk -EVE’s sleek design as an evolution of WALL-E’s parallels the sleek iMac design having evolved from the boxy, beige Apple IIe. Steve Jobs, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, was CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney in 2005, and as a shareholder and member of the Disney Board of Directors he was still actively involved with the company until his death in 2011.
  • The sound of insect clicks was made locking handcuffs. The cockroach chirps were sped-up raccoon sounds. The wind sounds were Niagara Falls.
  • The logo on Eve’s chest that appears after she obtains the plant is the same logo used by Disney Epcot’s The Land pavilion up until 2005.
  • The last piece of debris that clears away from WALL-E as he leaves Earth’s atmosphere is the Russian satellite Sputnik I, which in 1957 was the first man-made object to be placed in earth orbit.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When the Captain raises the Holo-Detector, oxygen masks deploy over the humans' heads. But after the Axiom rolls to the right and the people slide out of their hoverchairs, the masks are gone. The masks can be seen retracting into the hoverchairs as their occupants slide out.

Plot: In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Full summary »  »

Story: In a distant, but not so unrealistic future, where mankind has abandoned earth because it has become covered with trash from products sold by the powerful multi-national Buy N Large corporation, WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left to clean up the mess. Mesmerized with trinkets of Earth's history and show tunes, WALL-E is alone on Earth except for a sprightly pet cockroach. One day, EVE, a sleek (and dangerous) reconnaissance robot, is sent to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable. WALL-E falls in love with EVE. WALL-E rescues EVE from a dust storm and shows her a living plant he found amongst the rubble. Consistent with her "directive" EVE takes the plant and automatically enters a deactivated state except for a blinking green beacon. WALL-E, doesn't understand what has happened to his new friend, but true to his love, he protects her from wind…Written by Anonymous  

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Synopsis: A Dystopia in the Future

Approximately seven hundred years in the future, the earth is over-run with garbage and devoid of plant and animal life, the consequence of years of environmental degradation and thoughtless consumerism. Humans are now living on the spaceship Axiom after vacating Earth centuries earlier. The original plan was for humans to live in outer space temporarily while cleaning robots ("WALL-Es" invented by Professor Simon) prepared Earth for recolonization. However, after seven hundred years, only one WALL-E remains.

WALL-E spends his days compacting debris into solid blocks and building structures with them. He also collects some of the more interesting artifacts and keeps them in the garage he shares with a cockroach, his only friend. At night he watches "Hello Dolly" on VHS and dreams of having a hand to hold. Most of what he finds are spare parts and electronics but one day he finds a lonely plant. Not sure what it is, but recognizing that it needs soil and care, he picks it up and puts it in a dirt-filled old shoe.

The next day, an enormous space ship lands and deposits another robot, EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). WALL-E is immediately smitten and hopes to hold her hand but EVE is quick to use her plasma cannon, which can blast a hole through anything. EVE flies around earth looking for vegetation but becomes distraught upon not finding any. WALL-E is finally able to approach her and takes her back to his garage where he shows her his collection of human artifacts. She still resists holding his hand, however, so he shows her the plant he found. This activates her prime directive: She takes the plant into a special containment capsule within her body, sends a signal to the mother ship, and goes into hibernation mode. Confused, WALL-E tries to make her safe and comfortable. He shelters her from thunderstorms and takes her to a park where he can watch the sunset next to her.

Several days later, the mother ship returns and collects EVE. WALL-E hitches a ride on the ship, which returns to the Axiom several light years away from Earth. EVE and WALL-E are examined in the landing bay. EVE, still in hibernation mode, is taken away to the ship’s commander. WALL-E chases after her, followed by M-O, a cleaning robot who is intent on scrubbing the filthy WALL-E of foreign contaminants (i.e. dirt or earth). On the way, WALL-E sees humans for the first time. Obese and largely unable to move on their own, they are carted around the Axiom in hover chairs with video screens that allow them to communicate with one another and see a variety of advertisements for drinkable food products. When WALL-E accidentally knocks one of the humans, John (John Ratzenberger) off his hover chair, WALL-E helps the man back into the chair and introduces himself. Confused but grateful, John introduces himself in return.

WALL-E tracks EVE to the chambers of Captin McCrea (Jeff Garvin), who is just as inert and catered to as the other humans. McCrea is confused but excited about Operation Re-Colonize, which is triggered by EVE’s find. But when MccCrea reactivates EVE and orders her to produce the plant, it is missing. McCrea orders EVE and WALL-E to be taken for repairs but, after they’ve left, decides to educate himself about Earth. In the repair bay, WALL-E mistakenly thinks EVE is being harmed by the repair crew and uses her plasma cannon to save her, inadvertently releasing other robots who had been taken in for service. During the breakout, security robots take photos of them; the ship’s computer announces to humans that EVE and WALL-E are renegade robots. Angry, EVE takes WALL-E to an escape pod to send him back to earth. Before she can put him in the pod, they see GOFER place the plant in the escape pod. After GOFER leaves, WALL-E goes to rescue the plant but is blasted into space. Before the pod self-destructs, WALL-E uses the emergency escape hatch and a fire extinguisher to exit the pod with the plant. Joyous, EVE plays in space with WALL-E and even gives him an appreciative electric "kiss."

Using the garbage chute, EVE and WALL-E sneak into McCrea’s cabin to give him the plant. But AUTO, the ship’s auto pilot system, reveals it was the one who stole the plant earlier. It has no intention of allowing a return to earth because of a centuries-old directive that was issued when the Earth was believed to be permanently uninhabitable. AUTO blasts WALL-E, EVE and the plant back down the garbage chute and confines McCrea to his room. WALL-E and EVE barely escape being shot into space with the rest of the refuse but WALL-E is badly damaged. Meanwhile, McCrea has figured out how to hack into the ship’s communication system and tells EVE and WALL-E to head to the ship’s central deck, where a special machine will return the ship to earth when the plant is placed inside it. With the help of the robots they liberated earlier, WALL-E and EVE make it to the central deck where the special machine has risen from a platform. AUTO tries to force the machine back into the platform but is prevented by WALL-E. McCrea manages to stand up on his own and shuts off AUTO. EVE puts the plant in the special machine and the Axiom is whisked back to Earth.

WALL-E was grievously crushed in keeping AUTO from collapsing the platform. Once they reach Earth, EVE rushes WALL-E back to his garage and repairs him. WALL-E doesn’t recognize her and begins to compact garbage. Distraught, EVE holds WALL-E’s hand and gives him an electric kiss again. This properly reboots WALL-E. McCrea teaches the other humans how to nurture the plant and heal the planet. It will be much easier than they think because just outside of the city, plants have already begun to flourish.

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Produced By:

  • Lindsey Collins known as co-producer
  • John Lasseter known as executive producer
  • Gillian Libbert known as line producer: live action
  • Jim Morris known as producer
  • Thomas Porter known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ben Burtt known as WALL·E / M-O (voice)
  • Elissa Knight known as EVE (voice)
  • Jeff Garlin known as Captain (voice)
  • Fred Willard known as Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO
  • MacInTalk known as AUTO (voice)
  • John Ratzenberger known as John (voice)
  • Kathy Najimy known as Mary (voice)
  • Sigourney Weaver known as Ship's Computer (voice)
  • Lori Alan known as (voice)
  • Bob Bergen known as (voice)
  • John Cygan known as (voice)
  • Pete Docter known as (voice)
  • Paul Eiding known as (voice)
  • Donald Fullilove known as (voice) (as Don Fullilove)
  • Teresa Ganzel known as (voice)
  • Jess Harnell known as (voice)
  • Sherry Lynn known as (voice)
  • Mickie McGowan known as (voice)
  • Laraine Newman known as (voice)
  • Teddy Newton known as Steward Bots (voice)
  • Jeff Pidgeon known as (voice)
  • Jan Rabson known as (voice)
  • Lori Richardson known as (voice)
  • Andrew Stanton known as (voice)
  • Jim Ward known as (voice)
  • Colette Whitaker known as (voice)
  • Kim Kopf known as Hoverchair Mother (voice)
  • Angus MacLane known as BURN-E (voice) (uncredited)
  • Niki McElroy known as Pool Mother (voice) (uncredited)
  • Garrett Palmer known as Blond Boy in Commercial (voice) (uncredited)
  • Kai Steel Smith known as Brunette Boy in commercial (voice) (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Gretchen Davis known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • James S. Baker known as storyboard artist
  • Bert Berry known as art director: shading
  • Nelson 'Rey' Bohol known as set designer
  • Zoe Boxer known as production coordinator
  • Brian Christian known as previsualisation artist
  • Anthony Christov known as art director: set
  • Jason Deamer known as art director: characters
  • Ricardo F. Delgado known as development artist
  • Brian Fee known as storyboard artist
  • Daniel Holland known as production artist
  • Mark Cordell Holmes known as art director: graphics
  • Catherine Kelly known as graphic designer
  • Ellen Moon Lee known as graphic designer
  • Angus MacLane known as production artist
  • Angus MacLane known as storyboard artist
  • Scott Morse known as design lead
  • Scott Morse known as storyboard artist
  • Becky Neiman known as graphics
  • Becky Neiman known as production coordinator
  • Kevin O'Brien known as storyboard artist
  • Jay Shuster known as sketch artist
  • Peter Sohn known as storyboard artist
  • Justin Wright known as storyboard artist
  • Bruce Zick known as visual development

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Production Companies:

  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Apple  computer-generated voices courtesy of
  • Corbis  images
  • Deluxe  prints
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Getty Images  images (as Getty)
  • Kerner Optical  live action production
  • Newman Scoring Stage, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, The  music recorded and mixed at (as Newman Scoring Stage – Twentieth Century Fox Studios)
  • Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage M  music recorded and mixed at
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production sound services
  • Sony Scoring Stage  music recorded and mixed at (as Sony Pictures Scoring Stage)
  • Technicolor  prints
  • Village Recorder, The  music recorded and mixed at (as The Village)
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack
  • Walt Disney Studios Negative Cutting  negative cutting

Distributors:

  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Disney Digital 3-D (2014) (USA) (theatrical) (3D)
  • Falcon (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Saturn Enternainment (2008) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Gativideo (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Switzerland) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (visual effects: live action sequences)
  • Kerner Optical (practical effects elements)

Visual Effects by:

  • Frank Aalbers known as crowds artist
  • Frank Aalbers known as effects artist
  • Frank Aalbers known as global tech
  • Alexander Adell known as technical director
  • Robert Anderson known as layout artist
  • Josh Anon known as crowd simulation artist
  • Alec Bartsch known as technical director: shader
  • Chris Bernardi known as senior shading artist
  • Tim Best known as master lighting artist
  • Jason Bickerstaff known as character modeling lead
  • Jason Billington known as digital artist: ILM
  • Jeremy Birn known as lighting technical director
  • Stacy Bissell known as production coordinator: ILM
  • Neil Blevins known as digital artist
  • Stas Bondarenko known as production engineer
  • Dana Bonilla known as key set production assistant (kerner optical )
  • Brian Boyd known as master lighting artist
  • Stephan Vladimir Bugaj known as shading technical director
  • Christopher M. Burrows known as set shading lead
  • Gordon D.B. Cameron known as production software engineer
  • Brian Cantwell known as layout supervisor: ILM
  • Lanny Cermak known as digital artist: ILM
  • Kai Chang known as digital artist: ILM
  • Chris Chapman known as development engineer
  • Chris Chapman known as effects sequence lead
  • Jiayi Chong known as crowd simulation technical director
  • Brian Christian known as modeling artist
  • Charu Clark known as lighting artist
  • Bryan Cline known as lighting optimization engineer
  • Marc Cooper known as shading artist
  • Trent Crow known as shading technical director
  • John Duncan known as model maker
  • Simon Dunsdon known as CG artist: pre-visualisation/layout/modelling
  • Jon Farrell known as sets shading intern (as Jonathan Farrell)
  • Sean Feeley known as software development
  • Susan Fisher known as rendering supervisor
  • Ziah Sarah Fogel known as crowds lead
  • Sarah Fowler Deluna known as shading technical director
  • Christopher Lee Fowler known as lighting technical director
  • Carl N. Frederick known as lightspeed technical director
  • Michael Fu known as software development
  • Christina Garcia Weiland known as sets dressing artist (as Christina Garcia)
  • Christina Garcia Weiland known as simulation artist (as Christina Garcia)
  • Diego Garzon known as effects technical director
  • Tolga Goktekin known as visual effects artist
  • Eric Gregory known as software development
  • Patrick Guenette known as shading technical director
  • Christopher James Hall known as visual effects production supervisor: Kerner Optical
  • Lou Hamou-Lhadj known as character modeling and articulation artist
  • Nigel Hardwidge known as supervising technical director
  • Mark Thomas Henne known as crowds supervisor (as Mark T. Henne)
  • Kearsley Higgins known as sweatbox manager
  • Edward Hirsh known as visual effects supervisor: ILM (as Ed Hirsh)
  • Seth Holladay known as effects artist
  • Richard E. Hollander known as visual effects supervisor: live action unit (as Richard Hollander)
  • Greg Hyman known as visual effects editor: ILM
  • Lucas Ives known as technical development lead
  • Patrick James known as matte paint lead
  • Andrew Jimenez known as digital artist
  • Jason Johnston known as effects sequence lead
  • Thomas Jordan known as technical director
  • Mike Jutan known as shading technical director
  • Fran Kalal known as shading technical director
  • Brad Kane known as effects manager
  • Paul Kanyuk known as crowds artist
  • Jae Hong Kim known as technical director (as Jae H. Kim)
  • Jeanmarie King known as visual effects producer: ILM (as Jeanie King)
  • Kristifir Klein known as set modeling lead
  • Keith Daniel Klohn known as development engineer
  • Keith Daniel Klohn known as effects sequence lead
  • Mach Tony Kobayashi known as visual effects artist
  • Jacob Kuenzel known as illumination engineer
  • Tashana Landray known as software development
  • Chris Lawrence known as crowd simulation artist
  • Alison Leaf known as set dresser
  • William Austin Lee known as character modeler (as Austin Lee)
  • William Austin Lee known as character rigger (as Austin Lee)
  • Mark Leone known as rendering software engineer
  • Holly Lloyd known as digital artist
  • Nicholas Lucas known as rendering & optimization artist (as Nick Lucas)
  • David MacCarthy known as effects supervisor
  • Luke Martorelli known as master lighting artist
  • Nathan Matsuda known as visual effects
  • Paul McAfee known as rendering manager
  • Ian Megibben known as lighting technical director
  • Carlos Monzon known as digital artist: ILM
  • David Munier known as sets supervisor
  • Shawn Neely known as production engineering
  • C.J. Neff known as media operations: ILM
  • George Nguyen known as simulation technical director
  • Tom Nixon known as effects technical director
  • Michael O'Brien known as production engineering
  • Brandon Onstott known as shading technical director
  • Eric Peden known as rendering intern
  • Andrew Pienaar known as master lighting artist
  • Andrew Pienaar known as shading artist
  • Maxwell Planck known as global tech
  • Maxwell Planck known as shading technical director
  • Evan Pontoriero known as modeler
  • Kyle Ranson-Walsh known as lighting coordinator (as Kate Ranson-Walsh)
  • Afonso Salcedo known as lighting artist
  • Christopher Sanchez known as technical director
  • Julien Schreyer known as lighting artist
  • Gary Schultz known as modeling artist
  • Sheldon Serrao known as Intern: Pixar
  • Manish Sharma known as technical director intern
  • Sajan Skaria known as technical director
  • Suzanne Slatcher known as technical director
  • Keith Stichweh known as technical director
  • Sonja Struben known as lighting technical director
  • Eunkyoung Lee Swearingen known as lighting artist
  • Paul Topolos known as matte painter
  • Pat Tubach known as digital production supervisor: ILM (as Patrick Tubach)
  • Gaston Ugarte known as modeling technical director
  • Michael Van Eps known as digital paint & roto supervisor: ILM
  • Esdras Varagnolo known as lighting
  • Jeremy Vickery known as lighting artist
  • Kiril Vidimce known as software engineer
  • Kevin Wallace known as production manager: Kerner Optical
  • John Warren known as technical pipeline supervisor
  • Bill Watral known as effects artist
  • Dan Weeks known as production engineering
  • Emma Weyerman known as shading technical director
  • Andy Whittock known as digital artist
  • Derek Williams known as set dressing lead
  • Bill Wise known as character supervisor
  • Wayne Wooten known as rendering software engineer
  • Athena Xenakis known as character shading lead
  • Lisa S. Young known as software development
  • Robin D. Young known as image mastering coordinator
  • Bill Zahn known as digital painter
  • Juwana Samman known as technical director intern (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 23 June 2008 (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
  • Russia 25 June 2008 (Moscow Film Festival)
  • Bolivia 26 June 2008
  • Chile 26 June 2008
  • Brazil 27 June 2008
  • Colombia 27 June 2008
  • Costa Rica 27 June 2008
  • El Salvador 27 June 2008
  • Honduras 27 June 2008
  • Panama 27 June 2008
  • USA 27 June 2008
  • Uruguay 27 June 2008
  • Kazakhstan 3 July 2008
  • Kuwait 3 July 2008
  • Russia 3 July 2008
  • Ukraine 3 July 2008
  • Belgium 4 July 2008 (Wilkinson American Movie Day)
  • Mexico 4 July 2008
  • Argentina 5 July 2008 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 9 July 2008
  • Israel 11 July 2008
  • Poland 11 July 2008 (limited)
  • Ireland 18 July 2008
  • Lithuania 18 July 2008
  • Poland 18 July 2008
  • UK 18 July 2008
  • Hong Kong 24 July 2008
  • Hungary 24 July 2008
  • Peru 24 July 2008
  • Belgium 30 July 2008
  • France 30 July 2008
  • Iceland 30 July 2008
  • Netherlands 30 July 2008
  • Switzerland 30 July 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Finland 4 August 2008 (limited)
  • Egypt 6 August 2008
  • South Korea 6 August 2008
  • Spain 6 August 2008
  • Croatia 7 August 2008
  • Latvia 8 August 2008
  • Venezuela 8 August 2008
  • Thailand 12 August 2008
  • Indonesia 13 August 2008
  • Philippines 13 August 2008
  • Czech Republic 14 August 2008
  • Malaysia 14 August 2008
  • Portugal 14 August 2008
  • Slovakia 14 August 2008
  • Estonia 15 August 2008
  • Finland 20 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Serbia 28 August 2008
  • Singapore 28 August 2008
  • Slovenia 28 August 2008
  • Denmark 29 August 2008
  • India 29 August 2008
  • Norway 29 August 2008
  • Bulgaria 5 September 2008
  • Finland 5 September 2008
  • Romania 5 September 2008
  • Sweden 5 September 2008
  • Australia 18 September 2008
  • Greece 18 September 2008
  • New Zealand 18 September 2008
  • Austria 25 September 2008
  • Germany 25 September 2008
  • Switzerland 25 September 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Turkey 26 September 2008
  • Italy 17 October 2008
  • Japan 5 December 2008
  • Czech Republic 3 May 2009 (AniFest Film Festival)
  • USA 26 November 2014 (3-D version)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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