1990 in film

Highest-grossing films

The top ten films released in 1990 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1990[1]
RankTitleStudioWorldwide gross
1. Ghost Paramount $505,702,588
2. Home Alone 20th Century Fox $476,684,675
3. Pretty Woman Touchstone Pictures $463,406,268
4. Dances with Wolves Orion Pictures $424,208,848
5. Total Recall TriStar $261,317,921
6. Back to the Future Part III Universal $244,527,583
7. Die Hard 2 20th Century Fox $240,031,094
8. Presumed Innocent Warner Bros. $221,303,188
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Line Cinema $201,965,915
10. Kindergarten Cop Universal $201,957,688

Events

Awards

Category/Organization48th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 1991
63rd Academy Awards
March 25, 1991
44th BAFTA Awards
March 17, 1991
DramaMusical or Comedy
Best FilmDances with WolvesGreen CardDances with WolvesGoodfellas
Best DirectorKevin Costner
Dances with Wolves
Martin Scorsese
Goodfellas
Best ActorJeremy Irons
Reversal of Fortune
Gérard Depardieu
Green Card
Jeremy Irons
Reversal of Fortune
Philippe Noiret
Cinema Paradiso
Best ActressKathy Bates
Misery
Julia Roberts
Pretty Woman
Kathy Bates
Misery
Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy
Best Supporting ActorBruce Davison
Longtime Companion
Joe Pesci
Goodfellas
Salvatore Cascio
Cinema Paradiso
Best Supporting ActressWhoopi Goldberg
Ghost
Best Screenplay, AdaptedMichael Blake
Dances with Wolves
Michael Blake
Dances with Wolves
Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
Goodfellas
Best Screenplay, OriginalBruce Joel Rubin
Ghost
Giuseppe Tornatore
Cinema Paradiso
Best Original ScoreThe Sheltering Sky
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz
Dances with Wolves
John Barry
Cinema Paradiso
Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone
Best Original Song"Blaze of Glory"
Young Guns II
"Sooner or Later"
Dick Tracy
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Best Foreign Language FilmCyrano de BergeracJourney of Hope

Cinema Paradiso

1990 wide-release movies

January–March

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12 Downtown20th Century FoxRichard Benjamin (director); Nat Mauldin (screenplay); Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe PantolianoAction, ComedyLive Action
Internal AffairsParamount PicturesMike Figgis (director); Henry Bean (screenplay); Richard Gere, Andy García, Nancy Travis, Laurie Metcalf, Richard Bradford, William BaldwinCrime, ThrillerLive Action
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre IIINew Line CinemaJeff Burr (director); David J. Schow (screenplay); Kate Hodge, Viggo Mortensen, William Butler, Ken Foree, Joe Unger, Tom Everett, Toni Hudson, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, R. A. MihailoffHorrorLive Action
Ski PatrolEpic ProductionsRichard Correll (director); Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle, Wink Roberts (screenplay); Roger Rose, Yvette Nipar, T. K. Carter, Leslie Jordan, Paul Feig, George Lopez, Corbin Timbrook, Ray Walston, Martin Mull, Dante HenComedyLive Action
19 Brain DeadConcordeAdam Simon (director); Charles Beaumont, Adam Simon (screenplay); Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, Bud Cort, George KennedyHorror, ThrillerLive Action
Everybody WinsOrion PicturesKarel Reisz (director); Arthur Miller (screenplay); Debra Winger, Nick Nolte, Will Patton, Jack WardenDramaLive Action
TremorsUniversal PicturesRon Underwood (director); Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson (screenplay); Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntireComedy, HorrorLive Action
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2 FlashbackParamount PicturesFranco Amurri (director); David Loughery (screenplay); Dennis Hopper, Kiefer SutherlandAction, ComedyLive Action
Heart ConditionNew Line CinemaJames D. Parriott (director/screenplay); Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington, Chloe WebbFantasy, ComedyLive Action
StellaTouchstone Pictures / The Samuel Goldwyn CompanyJohn Erman (director); Robert Getchell (screenplay); Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, Eileen BrennanDramaLive Action
9 Hard to KillWarner Bros. PicturesBruce Malmuth (director); Steven McKay (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Kelly Le Brock, Frederick Coffin, William SadlerActionLive Action
Loose CannonsTriStar PicturesBob Clark (director/screenplay); Richard Christian Matheson, Richard Matheson (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox, Nancy TravisComedyLive Action
Stanley & IrisMetro-Goldwyn-MayerMartin Ritt (director); Harriet Frank, Jr., Irving Ravetch (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha PlimptonRomance, DramaLive Action
16 Courage MountainTriumph FilmsChristopher Leitch (director); Fred Brogger, Mark Brogger, Weaver Webb (screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Juliette CatonDramaLive Action
MadhouseOrion PicturesTom Ropelewski (director/screenplay); John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley, Alison LaPlaca, John Diehl, Jessica Lundy, Bradley Gregg, Dennis Miller, Robert GintyComedyLive Action
23 Mountains of the MoonTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesBob Rafelson (director/screenplay); William Harrison (screenplay); Patrick Bergin, Iain GlenAdventure, DramaLive Action
Nightbreed20th Century Fox / Morgan Creek ProductionsClive Barker (director/screenplay); Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles HaidFantasy, HorrorLive Action
RevengeColumbia Pictures / RastarTony Scott (director); Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Sally Kirkland, Miguel Ferrer, John LeguizamoCrime, Drama, ThrillerLive Action
Where the Heart IsTouchstone PicturesJohn Boorman (director/screenplay); Telsche Boorman (screenplay); Dabney Coleman, Suzy Amis, Uma Thurman, Crispin Glover, Joanna Cassidy, Christopher Plummer, David HewlettRomance, ComedyLive Action
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2 The Hunt for Red OctoberParamount PicturesJohn McTiernan (director); Larry Ferguson, Donald E. Stewart (screenplay); Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill, Tomas Arana, Tim CurryAction, ThrillerLive Action
9 Bad InfluenceTriumph FilmsCurtis Hanson (director); David Koepp (screenplay); Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Christian ClemensonDramaLive Action
Coupe de VilleUniversal Pictures / Morgan Creek ProductionsJoe Roth (director); Mike Binder (screenplay); Patrick Dempsey, Arye Gross, Daniel Stern, Alan ArkinComedy, HorrorLive Action
The Handmaid's TaleMetro-Goldwyn-MayerVolker Schlöndorff (director); Harold Pinter (screenplay); Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovernDramaLive Action
House PartyNew Line CinemaReginald Hudlin (director/screenplay); Christopher "Kid" Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher "Play" MartinComedyLive Action
Joe Versus the VolcanoWarner Bros. Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentJohn Patrick Shanley (director/screenplay); Tom Hanks, Meg RyanRomance, ComedyLive Action
Last of the FinestOrion PicturesJohn Mackenzie (director) (screenplay) Thomas Lee Wright, George Armitage Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, Bill PaxtonAction, CrimeLive Action
Love at LargeOrion PicturesAlan Rudolph (director/screenplay); Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw, Annette O'Toole, Ted Levine, Ann MagnusonRomance, MysteryLive Action
16 Blind FuryTriStar Pictures / Interscope CommunicationsPhillip Noyce (director); Charles Robert Carner (screenplay); Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Lisa Blount, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Noble Willingham, Sho Kosugi, Nick CassavetesAction, SamuraiLive action
The Forbidden DanceColumbia PicturesGreydon Clark (director); Roy Langsdon, John Platt (screenplay); Laura Harring, Jeff James, Angela Moya, Sid Haig, Shannon Farnon, Linden Chiles, Pilar Del Rey, Ruben Moreno, Barbra Brighton, Richard Lynch, Kid CreoleDramaLive Action
LambadaCannon FilmsJoel Silberg (director/screenplay); Sheldon Renan (screenplay); J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, Leticia Vasquez, Dennis Burkley, Rita Bland, Ricky Paull Goldin, Kristina Starman, Matt Feemster, Kayla Blake, Keene Curtis, Lauren Gale, Basil HofmanDramaLive Action
Lord of the FliesColumbia Pictures / Castle Rock EntertainmentHarry Hook (director); Jay Presson Allen (screenplay); Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel PipolyThrillerLive Action
Nuns on the Run20th Century FoxJonathan Lynn (director/screenplay); Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman, Doris HareComedyLive Action
23 Pretty WomanTouchstone PicturesGarry Marshall (director); J. F. Lawton (screenplay); Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Ralph BellamyRomance, ComedyLive Action
A Shock to the SystemCorsair PicturesJan Egleson (director); Andrew Klavan (screenplay); Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Swoosie KurtzCrime, ThrillerLive Action
30 Opportunity KnocksUniversal Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentDonald Petrie (director); Mitchel Katlin, Nat Bernstein (screenplay); Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Todd Graff, Julia Campbell, James TolkanComedyLive Action
Side OutTriStar PicturesPeter Israelson (director); David Thoreau (screenplay); C. Thomas Howell, Peter Horton, Harley Jane Kozak, Courtney Thorne-SmithSportsLive Action
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNew Line CinemaSteve Barron (director); Todd W. Langen, Bobby Herbeck (screenplay); Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, Kevin ClashAction, Comedy, Martial Arts, FantasyLive Action
31 The AmbulanceTriumph FilmsLarry Cohen (director/screenplay); Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Red Buttons, Megan GallagherThrillerLive Action

April–June

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3 CatchfireVestron PicturesDennis Hopper (director); Rachel Kronstadt Mann, Ann Louise Bardach, Alex Cox, Tod Davies (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Dennis Hopper, Fred WardAction, Thriller, DramaLive Action
6 Cry-BabyUniversal Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentJohn Waters (director/screenplay); Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Polly Bergen, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci LordsRomance, Comedy, MusicalLive Action
Ernest Goes to JailTouchstone PicturesJohn R. Cherry III (director); Charlie Cohen (screenplay); Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill ByrgeComedyLive Action
The First PowerOrion PicturesRobert Resnikoff (director/screenplay); Lou Diamond Phillips, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson, Tracy Griffith, Dennis Lipscomb, Carmen Argenziano, Clayton LandeyHorrorLive Action
I Love You to DeathTriStar PicturesLawrence Kasdan (director); John Kostmayer (screenplay); Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu ReevesComedyLive Action
13 Crazy PeopleParamount PicturesTony Bill (director); Mitch Markowitz (screenplay); Dudley Moore, Daryl Hannah, Paul Reiser, J. T. Walsh, Danton StoneComedyLive Action
20 LisaMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United ArtistsGary Sherman (director/screenplay); Karen Clark (screenplay); Cheryl LaddDrama, ThrillerLive Action
Miami BluesOrion PicturesGeorge Armitage (director/screenplay); Alec Baldwin, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason LeighAction, Crime, ThrillerLive Action
27 The GuardianUniversal PicturesWilliam Friedkin (director/screenplay); Stephen Volk, Dan Greenburg (screenplay); Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey LowellHorrorLive Action
Q&ATriStar PicturesSidney Lumet (director/screenplay); Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Luis GuzmánCrimeLive Action
Spaced InvadersTouchstone PicturesPatrick Read Johnson| (director/screenplay); Scott Lawrence Alexander (screenplay); Douglas Barr, Ariana Richards, Royal Dano, Gregg Berger, Wayne AlexanderSci-Fi, ComedyLive Action
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4 Short Time20th Century FoxGregg Champion (director); John Blumenthal, Michael Berry (screenplay); Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer, Teri GarrAction, Comedy, CrimeLive Action
Tales from the Darkside: The MovieParamount PicturesJohn Harrison (director); Michael McDowell, George A. Romero (screenplay); Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar, Rae Dawn ChongHorrorLive Action
11 Class of 1999Lightning PicturesMark L. Lester (director); C. Courtney Joyner, Bradley Gregg (screenplay); Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Patrick Kilpatrick, Pam Grier, John P. Ryan, Darren E. Burrows, Joshua John MillerSci-FiLive Action
Far Out ManNew Line CinemaTommy Chong (director/screenplay); Tommy Chong, C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Shelby Chong, Paris Chong, Martin Mull, Judd Nelson, Michael Winslow, Cheech Marin, Paul BartelComedyLive Action
A Show of ForceParamount PicturesBruno Barreto (director); Evan Jones, John Strong (screenplay); Amy Irving, Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Duvall, Erik EstradaThrillerLive Action
18 Bird on a WireUniversal PicturesJohn Badham (director); Louis Venosta, David Seltzer (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Stephen Tobolowsky, Joan SeveranceAction, ComedyLive Action
Cadillac ManOrion PicturesRoger Donaldson (director); Ken Friedman (screenplay); Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed, Fran Drescher, Lauren Tom, Lori Petty, Annabella SciorraComedyLive Action
22 The SwordsmanFilm WorkshopKing Hu (director); Kwan Man-leung (screenplay); Sam Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung, Sharla Cheung, Fennie YuenActionLive Action
25 Back to the Future Part IIIUniversal Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentRobert Zemeckis (director); Bob Gale (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea ThompsonSci-Fi, Comedy, WesternLive Action
Fire BirdsTouchstone PicturesDavid Green (director); Nick Thiel, Paul F. Edwards (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean YoungAction, ThrillerLive Action
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1 FrankenhookerShapiro-Glickenhaus EntertainmentFrank Henenlotter (director/screenplay); Robert "Bob" Martin (screenplay); Patty Mullen, Louise Lasser, James LorinzComedy, HorrorLive Action
Total RecallTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesPaul Verhoeven (director); Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Ronny CoxSci-Fi, ActionLive Action
8 Another 48 Hrs.Paramount PicturesWalter Hill (director); John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, Larry Gross (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Andrew Divoff, Brion JamesAction, Crime, ComedyLive Action
15 Dick TracyTouchstone PicturesWarren Beatty (director); Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr. (screenplay); Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Dick Van Dyke, Charles Durning, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Sorvino, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, William Forsythe, Ed O'Ross, R. G. ArmstrongActionLive Action
Gremlins 2: The New BatchWarner Bros. Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentJoe Dante (director); Charles S. Haas (screenplay); Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher LeeComedy, HorrorLive Action
22 Betsy's WeddingTouchstone PicturesAlan Alda (director/screenplay); Alan Alda, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joe Pesci, Joey Bishop, Anthony LaPaglia, Burt Young, Catherine O'HaraComedyLive Action
Felix the Cat: The MovieNew World PicturesTibor Hernádi (director); Peter Brown (screenplay); Chris Phillips, Alice PlaytenFantasyAnimation
RoboCop 2Orion PicturesIrvin Kershner (director); Frank Miller, Walon Green (screenplay); Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, Gabriel DamonSci-Fi, ActionLive Action
27 Days of ThunderParamount Pictures / Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer FilmsTony Scott (director); Robert Towne (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Nicole Kidman, Cary Elwes, Michael RookerSportsLive Action
29 Ghost DadUniversal PicturesSidney Poitier (director); Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Chris Reese (screenplay); Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Salim Grant, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen, Christine Ebersole, Barry CorbinComedy, FantasyLive Action

July–September

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4 Die Hard 220th Century FoxRenny Harlin (director); Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John AmosAction, ThrillerLive Action
6 Jetsons: The MovieUniversal Pictures / Hanna-BarberaWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera (director); Dennis Marks (screenplay); George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel BlancComedy, FamilyAnimation
11 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane20th Century FoxRenny Harlin (director); Daniel Waters, James Cappe, David Arnott (screenplay); Andrew Dice Clay, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley, Lauren Holly, Maddie Corman, David Patrick Kelly, Morris Day, Ed O'Neill, Robert EnglundAction, ComedyLive Action
13 GhostParamount PicturesJerry Zucker (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli, Gail Boggs, Armelia McQueenRomance, Fantasy, ThrillerLive Action
The Invisible ManiacRepublic PicturesAdam Rifkin (director/screenplay); Noel PetersDramaLive Action
Quick ChangeWarner Bros. PicturesHoward Franklin, Bill Murray (director); Howard Franklin (screenplay); Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason RobardsComedyLive Action
18 ArachnophobiaHollywood Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentFrank Marshall (director); Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick (screenplay); Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak, John GoodmanComedy, HorrorLive Action
20 The FreshmanTriStar PicturesAndrew Bergman (director/screenplay); Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller, Frank WhaleyCrime, ComedyLive Action
Navy SEALsOrion PicturesLewis Teague (director); Chuck Pfarrer, Gary Goldman (screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O'Reilly, Bill Paxton, Dennis HaysbertActionLive Action
22 El DiabloHBO PicturesPeter Markle (director); Tommy Lee Wallace, John Carpenter, Bill Phillips (screenplay); Anthony Edwards, Louis Gossett Jr., Joe Pantoliano, John Glover, Robert Beltran, M. C. Gainey, Miguel Sandoval, Sarah Trigger, Branscombe Richmond, Jim Beaver, Don CollierWesternLive Action
26 Blood OathRoadshow EntertainmentStephen Wallace (director); Denis Whitburn, Brian A. Williams (screenplay); Bryan Brown, George Takei, Terry O'Quinn, John Bach, John Clarke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Polson, Nicholas Eadie, David Argue, Ray BarrettDramaLive Action
27 Presumed InnocentWarner Bros. PicturesAlan J. Pakula (director/screenplay); Frank Pierson (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta ScacchiThrillerLive Action
Problem ChildUniversal Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentDennis Dugan (director); Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (screenplay); John Ritter, Jack Warden, Michael Oliver (actor), Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Yasbeck, Michael RichardsComedyLive Action
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1 Young Guns II20th Century Fox / Morgan Creek ProductionsGeoff Murphy (director); John Fusco (screenplay); Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, James Coburn, Alan Ruck, Balthazar GettyWesternLive Action
3 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampWalt Disney PicturesBob Hathcock (director); Alan Burnett (screenplay); Alan Young, Rip Taylor, Christopher Lloyd, Russi Taylor, Terrence McGovernAdventure, Comedy, FantasyAnimation
MetropolitanNew Line CinemaWhit Stillman (director/screenplay); Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Allison Parisi, Dylan HundleyComedy, DramaLive Action
Mo' Better BluesUniversal Pictures / 40 Acres and a Mule FilmworksSpike Lee (director/screenplay); Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Cynda WilliamsDramaLive Action
10 Air AmericaTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesRoger Spottiswoode (director); Christopher Robbins, John Eskow, Richard Rush (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Robert Downey, Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Michael Dudikoff, Lane SmithAction, ComedyLive Action
Asterix and the Big FightGaumontDavid N. Weiss (director/screenplay); Henry WinklerAdventure, ComedyAnimation
FlatlinersColumbia PicturesJoel Schumacher (director); Peter Filardi (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kevin BaconSci-Fi, Drama, ThrillerLive Action
The Two JakesParamount PicturesJack Nicholson (director); Robert Towne (screenplay); Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine StoweMystery, ThrillerLive Action
17 The Exorcist III20th Century Fox / Morgan Creek ProductionsWilliam Peter Blatty (director/screenplay); George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Brad DourifHorrorLive Action
My Blue HeavenWarner Bros. PicturesHerbert Ross (director); Nora Ephron (screenplay); Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Carol Kane, William IrwinComedyLive Action
Taking Care of BusinessHollywood PicturesArthur Hiller (director); Jill Mazursky, J. J. Abrams (screenplay); James Belushi, Charles Grodin, Anne De Salvo, Loryn Locklin, Stephen Elliott, Héctor Elizondo, Veronica Hamel, Mako, Gates McFadden, John de LancieComedyLive Action
Wild at HeartThe Samuel Goldwyn CompanyDavid Lynch (director/screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean StantonCrime, ThrillerLive Action
22 Pump Up the VolumeNew Line CinemaAllan Moyle (director/screenplay); Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Mimi Kennedy, Scott Paulin, Cheryl Pollak, Annie Ross, Ahmet Zappa, Billy Morrissette, Seth Green, Robert Schenkkan, Ellen Greene, Andy Romano, Anthony Lucero, Lala Sloatman, James HamptonComedy, DramaLive Action
24 After Dark, My SweetAvenue PicturesJames Foley (director/screenplay); Robert Redlin (screenplay); Jason Patric, Rocky Giordani, Rachel Ward, Bruce DernThrillerLive Action
DarkmanUniversal PicturesSam Raimi (director/screenplay); Chuck Pfarrer, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, Joshua Goldin (screenplay); Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry DrakeAction, ThrillerLive Action
Delta Force 2: The Colombian ConnectionCannon FilmsAaron Norris (director); Lee Reynolds (screenplay); Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, John P. Ryan, Richard Jaeckel, Paul Perri, Mark MargolisActionLive Action
DreamsWarner Bros. PicturesIshirō Honda (director); Akira Kurosawa (director/screenplay); Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, Mitsunori Isaki, Chishū Ryū, Mieko HaradaDramaLive Action
Men at WorkTriumph FilmsEmilio Estevez (director/screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope, Keith David, Dean Cameron, John GetzComedyLive Action
The WitchesWarner Bros. PicturesNicolas Roeg (director); Allan Scott (screenplay); Jasen Fisher, Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan AtkinsonComedy, FantasyLive Action
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12 Postcards from the EdgeColumbia PicturesMike Nichols (director); Carrie Fisher (screenplay); Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Rob ReinerComedy, DramaLive Action
14 Death WarrantMetro-Goldwyn-MayerDeran Sarafian (director); David S. Goyer (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson, Art LaFleur, Patrick Kilpatrick, Joshua John Miller, Hank Stone, Conrad Dunn, Jack Bannon, Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Armin ShimermanActionLive Action
HardwarePalace Pictures / Miramax FilmsRichard Stanley (director); Steve MacManus, Kevin O'Neill, Richard Stanley (screenplay); Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Iggy Pop, Carl McCoySci-Fi, HorrorLive Action
RepossessedSeven Arts Pictures / Carolco PicturesBob Logan (director); Bob Logan (screenplay); Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Anthony StarkeComedyLive Action
State of GraceOrion PicturesPhil Joanou (director); Dennis McIntyre (screenplay); Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. ReillyThrillerLive Action
White Hunter Black HeartWarner Bros. Pictures / RastarClint Eastwood (director); Peter Viertel, James Bridges, Burt Kennedy (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa BerensonThrillerLive Action
19 GoodfellasWarner Bros. PicturesMartin Scorsese (director/screenplay); Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Frank Vincent, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Chuck Low, Frank DiLeo, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Scorsese, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, Christopher Serrone, Joseph D'OnofrioCrimeLive Action
21 Don't Tell Her It's MeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerMalcolm Mowbray (director); Sarah Bird (screenplay); Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long, Kyle MacLachlanRomance, ComedyLive Action
Funny About LoveParamount PicturesLeonard Nimoy (director); Norman Steinberg, David Frankel (screenplay); Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart MastersonRomance, ComedyLive Action
Narrow MarginTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesPeter Hyams (director/screenplay); Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James B. Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Susan Hogan, Nigel Bennett, J.A. Preston, Harris YulinThrillerLive Action
28 I Come in PeaceTriumph FilmsCraig R. Baxley (director); Jonathan Tydor, Leonard Maas, Jr., David Koepp, John Kamps (screenplay); Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues, Jay Bilas, Jim Haynie, David Ackroyd, Sam AndersonAction, Sci-FiLive Action
King of New YorkSeven Arts Pictures / Carolco PicturesAbel Ferrara (director); Nicholas St. John (screenplay); Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley SnipesCrime, DramaLive Action
Pacific Heights20th Century Fox / Morgan Creek ProductionsJohn Schlesinger (director); Daniel Pyne (screenplay); Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Mako, Carl Lumbly, Dorian Harewood, Nobu McCarthy, Tippi Hedren, Sheila McCarthy, Luca Bercovici, Jerry Hardin, Dan Hedaya, Guy Boyd, Nicholas Pryor, Tracey Walter, F. William Parker, O-Lan Jones, Miriam Margoyles, William Paterson, D.W. Moffett, Barbara TysonThrillerLive Action
TexasvilleColumbia PicturesPeter Bogdanovich (director/screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid, Annie Potts, William McNamaraDramaLive Action

October–December

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5 AvalonTriStar Pictures / Baltimore PicturesBarry Levinson (director/screenplay); Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, Aidan QuinnDramaLive Action
Desperate HoursMetro-Goldwyn-MayerMichael Cimino (director); Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (screenplay); Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch, David Morse, Elias Koteas, Shawnee SmithCrime, DramaLive Action
Henry & JuneUniversal PicturesPhilip Kaufman (director/screenplay); Rose Kaufman (screenplay); Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Richard E. Grant, Maria de Medeiros, Kevin SpaceyBiography, DramaLive Action
Marked for Death20th Century FoxDwight H. Little (director); Michael Grais, Mark Victor (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Basil Wallace, Keith David, Tom Wright, Joanna Pacuła, Elizabeth Gracen, Bette FordActionLive Action
Miller's Crossing20th Century FoxJoel Coen, Ethan Coen (director/screenplay); Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, Albert FinneyCrimeLive Action
ShakmaCastle Hill Productions / Quest EntertainmentHugh Parks, Tom Logan (director); Roger Engle (screenplay); Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers, Roddy McDowallHorrorLive Action
12 Memphis BelleWarner Bros. PicturesMichael Caton-Jones (director); Monte Merrick (screenplay); Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D. B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick, Jr., Reed Diamond, Courtney Gains, Neil Giuntoli, David Strathairn, John Lithgow, Jane Horrocks, Mac McDonaldAction, DramaLive Action
Mr. DestinyTouchstone PicturesJames Orr (director/screenplay); Jim Cruickshank (screenplay); James Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Jon Lovitz, Hart Bochner, Rene Russo, Michael CaineComedyLive Action
To Sleep with AngerThe Samuel Goldwyn CompanyCharles Burnett (director/screenplay); Danny Glover, Richard Brooks, Paul Butler, Mary AliceDramaLive Action
Troll 2Metro-Goldwyn-MayerClaudio Fragasso (director/screenplay); Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie McFarland, Deborah Reed, Jason F. Wright, Darren Ewing, Jason Steadman, Ethan SarphieHorror, FantasyLive Action
Welcome Home, Roxy CarmichaelParamount PicturesJim Abrahams (director); Karen Leigh Hopkins (screenplay); Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Dinah Manoff, Laila Robins, Thomas Wilson BrownComedy, DramaLive Action
19 Night of the Living DeadColumbia PicturesTom Savini (director); George A. Romero (screenplay); Tony Todd, Patricia TallmanHorrorLive Action
Quigley Down UnderMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSimon Wincer (director); John Hill (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan RickmanWesternLive Action
White PalaceUniversal PicturesLuis Mandoki (director); Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates, Eileen Brennan, Steven Hill, Rachel Chagall, Corey Parker, Renée Taylor, Jonathan Penner, Barbara Howard, Kim Myers, Mitzi McCallRomance, DramaLive Action
26 Graveyard ShiftParamount PicturesRalph S. Singleton (director); John Esposito (screenplay); David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Brad DourifHorrorLive Action
The Hot SpotOrion PicturesDennis Hopper (director); Nona Tyson (screenplay); Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer ConnellyThrillerLive Action
Sibling RivalryColumbia Pictures / Castle Rock EntertainmentCarl Reiner (director); Martha Goldhirsh (screenplay); Kirstie Alley, Sam Elliott, Jami Gertz, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, Scott Bakula, Ed O'NeillComedyLive Action
SoultakerAIP Home VideoMichael Rissi (director); Vivian Schilling (screenplay); Joe Estevez, Vivian Schilling, Gregg Thomsen, Chuck Williams, Robert Z'Dar, David "Shark" Fralick, Jean ReinerFantasy, HorrorLive Action
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2 China CryParakletusJames F. Collier (director/screenplay); Julia Nickson, France Nuyen, James ShigetaBiographyLive Action
Frankenstein Unbound20th Century FoxRoger Corman (director/screenplay); F.X. Feeney (screenplay); John Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda, Catherine Rabett, Jason Patric, Michael HutchenceHorrorLive Action
Graffiti BridgeWarner Bros. PicturesPrince (director/screenplay); Prince, Ingrid Chavez, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, George Clinton, Tevin Campbell, Mavis StaplesMusical, DramaLive Action
Jacob's LadderTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesAdrian Lyne (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt CravenHorrorLive Action
9 Child's Play 2Universal PicturesJohn Lafia (director); Don Mancini (screenplay); Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Peter Haskell, Beth Grant, Greg Germann, Adam WylieHorror, ComedyLive Action
GunsMalibu Bay FilmsAndy Sidaris (director/screenplay); Erik Estrada, Dona Speir, Devin DeVasquez, Danny Trejo, Cynthia BrimhallActionLive Action
The KraysRank Film DistributorsPeter Medak (director); Philip Ridley (screenplay); Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom BellDramaLive Action
16 Home Alone20th Century Fox / Hughes EntertainmentChris Columbus (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, Angela Goethals, Devin Ratray, Gerry Bamman, Terrie Snell, Hillary Wolf, Larry Hankin, Michael C. Maronna, Kristin Minter, Kieran Culkin, Senta Moses, Anna Slotky, Bill Erwin, Gerry Becker, Alan Wilder, Hope Davis, Ken Hudson CampbellComedy, FamilyLive Action
The Rescuers Down UnderWalt Disney PicturesHendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel (director); Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Simpson, Joe Ranft (screenplay); Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers, Adam Ryen, George C. Scott, Frank Welker, Wayne Robson, Russi Taylor, Bernard Fox, Douglas SealeAdventureAnimation
Rocky VUnited ArtistsJohn G. Avildsen (director); Sylvester Stallone (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison, Burgess MeredithSports, DramaLive Action
21 Dances with WolvesOrion PicturesKevin Costner (director); Michael Blake (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. GrantWesternLive Action
The Nutcracker PrinceLacewood ProductionsPaul Schibli (director); Patricia Watson (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Megan FollowsRomance, FantasyAnimation
Predator 220th Century FoxStephen Hopkins (director); Jim Thomas, John Thomas (screenplay); Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Rubén Blades, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert DaviAction, Sci-FiLive Action
Robot JoxEmpire International PicturesStuart Gordon (director); Joe Haldeman (screenplay); Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul KosloSci-FiLive Action
Three Men and a Little LadyTouchstone PicturesEmile Ardolino (director); Charlie Peters (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis, Christopher Cazenove, Robin Weisman, Fiona ShawComedyLive Action
30 MiseryColumbia Pictures / Castle Rock EntertainmentRob Reiner (director); William Goldman (screenplay); James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, Frances SternhagenHorrorLive Action
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1 Cyrano de BergeracOrion ClassicsJean-Paul Rappeneau (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Carrière, Edmond Rostand (screenplay); Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent PérezComedy, DramaLive Action
7 The RookieWarner Bros. PicturesClint Eastwood (director); Scott Spiegel, Boaz Yakin (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Tom Skerritt, Lara Flynn BoyleActionLive Action
12 HavanaUniversal PicturesSydney Pollack (director); Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel (screenplay); Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Raúl Juliá, Alan ArkinDramaLive Action
The Sheltering SkyWarner Bros. PicturesBernardo Bertolucci (director/screenplay); Mark Peploe (screenplay); Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell ScottDramaLive Action
14 Edward Scissorhands20th Century FoxTim Burton (director); Caroline Thompson (screenplay); Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan ArkinFantasy, RomanceLive Action
Look Who's Talking TooTriStar PicturesAmy Heckerling (director/screenplay); Neal Israel (screenplay); John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas, Bruce Willis, Roseanne Barr, Damon WayansComedyLive Action
MermaidsOrion PicturesRichard Benjamin (director); June Roberts (screenplay); Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, Christina RicciComedy, DramaLive Action
17 AwakeningsColumbia PicturesPenny Marshall (director); Steven Zaillian (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Max Von SydowDramaLive Action
19 Almost an AngelParamount PicturesJohn Cornell (director); Paul Hogan (screenplay); Paul Hogan, Elias Koteas, Linda KozlowskiCrimeLive Action
The Russia HouseMetro-Goldwyn-MayerFred Schepisi (director); Tom Stoppard (screenplay); Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, J. T. Walsh, Klaus Maria BrandauerActionLive Action
21 The Bonfire of the VanitiesWarner Bros. PicturesBrian De Palma (director); Michael Cristofer (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall, Saul Rubinek, Morgan FreemanDrama, ComedyLive Action
Kiki's Delivery ServiceTriStar Pictures / Streamline PicturesGreg Snegoff (director/screenplay); Lisa Michelson, Eddie FriersonDrama, FamilyAnimation
Kindergarten CopUniversal Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentIvan Reitman (director); Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Carroll BakerComedy, ThrillerLive Action
25 The Godfather Part IIIParamount PicturesFrancis Ford Coppola (director/screenplay); Mario Puzo (screenplay); Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy García, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia CoppolaCrime, DramaLive Action

Notable films released in 1990

United States except where noted.

A–D

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V

W

Y

Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 2Alan Hale68USActor
5Arthur Kennedy75USActor
6Ian Charleson40UKActor
6Peter Cookson76USActor
8Terry-Thomas78UKActor
10Lyle R. Wheeler84USArt Director
14John Witty74UKActor
15Gordon Jackson66UKActor
18Rusty Hamer42USActorDance with Me, Henry
20John Maxim64UKActor
20Barbara Stanwyck82USActress
25Ava Gardner67USActress
26Dodo Abashidze66USSRDirector
27Helen Jerome Eddy92USActress
February 2Hans Schumm93GermanyActor
6John Merivale72CanadaActor
6Jimmy Van Heusen77USSongwriter
8Frank Ross85USProducer
13Ken Lynch79USActor
14Jean Wallace66USActress
15Henry Brandon77GermanyActor
15Michel Drach59FranceDirector, Writer, Producer
16Joshua Shelley70USActor
17Allen Rivkin86USScreenwriter
19Gabriel Katzka59USProducer
19Michael Powell84UKDirector
28Fabia Drake86UKActress
March 5Gary Merrill74USActor
17Capucine62SwitzerlandActress
18Robin Harris36USActor
20Maurice Cloche82FranceDirector
28Helene Reynolds75USActress
April 2Aldo Fabrizi84ItalyActor
3Clair Huffaker63USScreenwriter
8Ernest Steward79UKCinematographer
11Vanda Godsell67UKActress
15Greta Garbo84SwedenActress
18Robert D. Webb87USDirector
20Alex McCrindle78UKActor, Producer
22Albert Salmi62USActor
23Paulette Goddard79USActress
25Dexter Gordon67USMusician, Actor
May 1Sunset Carson69USActor
2David Rappaport38USActor
6Charles Farrell89USActor
10Susan Oliver58USActress
14Franklyn Seales37West IndiesActor
16Sammy Davis, Jr.64USActor, Singer
16Jim Henson53USActor, Writer, Producer
18Jill Ireland54UKActress
22Max Wall82UKActor, Writer
25Vic Tayback60USActor
June 1Eric Barker78UKActor, Writer
2Jack Gilford81USActor
2Rex Harrison82UKActor
3Tom Brown70USActor
7Barbara Baxley67USActress
15Leonard Sachs80UKActor
20Ina Balin52USActress
23Frank Gatliff62UKActor
25Sydney Boehm82USScreenwriter
July 8Howard Duff76USActor
13Lois Moran81USActress
14Philip Leacock74UKDirector
15Margaret Lockwood73UKActress
19Eddie Quillan83USActor
20Sergei Parajanov66USSRDirector
27Elizabeth Allan80UKActress
21Stanley Shapiro65USScreenwriter
28Jill Esmond82UKActress
August 2Edwin Richfield68UKActor, Writer
3Betty Amann85GermanyActress
12Dorothy Mackaill87USActress
12Sara Seegar76USActress
17Pearl Bailey72USActress, Singer
23Dorothea Kent74USActress
27Raymond St. Jacques60USActor
28Edmund H. North79USScreenwriter
September 4Irene Dunne91USActress
20Jackie Moran67USActor
October 4Jill Bennett58UKActress
15Delphine Seyrig58FranceActress, Director
20Joel McCrea84USActor
27Jacques Demy59FranceDirector, Screenwriter, Composer
27Ugo Tognazzi68ItalyActor
November 3Valerie French62UKActress
3Mary Martin76USActress, Singer
10Maura McGiveney51USActress
11Alexis Minotis90GreeceActor
12Eve Arden82USActress
13Don Chaffey73New ZealandDirector
23Roald Dahl74UKWriter
24Dodie Smith94UKWriter, ActressOne Hundred and One Dalmatians
27David White74USActor
December 1Sergio Corbucci63ItalyDirector, Screenwriter
1Carla Lehmann73CanadaActress
2Bob Cummings80USActor
4Edward Binns79USActor
7Joan Bennett80USActress
8Martin Ritt76USDirector, Actor, Producer
9Mike Mazurki82USActor, Technical Advisor
18Anne Revere87USActress
18Connie Russell67USSinger, Actress

Debuts

References

  1. "1990 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
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