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The Artists - The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan

Ever walked past a movie poster and thought "that film looks good" even though you haven't seen the trailer? We all have. Movie posters are powerful.

At their best, they capture the magic and energy of an entire feature film in an image roughly 27 inches across by 40 inches long.

They can make, or break, a film. Yet, only rarely do the extremely talented artists behind them get a mention. There aren't many movie poster superstars.

But, there are a few, and, Drew Struzan is one of them.

 

An original movie poster for the film Drew The Man Behind the Posters

 

In a career of over forty years, Struzan has brought us many of the world's most famous movie posters. Here, in a post to 'The Artists' series of the Original Movie Posters Blog, we have gathered together as many of his posters as we can.

Six of the Best...

Given that there are so many iconic posters to choose from, this isn't an easy task, but, today at least, these are our favourite six Drew Struzan movie posters...

 An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film hook An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film The Goonies An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film Back to the Future
An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film The Cannonball Run An original movie poster by Drew Struzan for the film Star Wars

You can find these, and every Drew Struzan movie poster that we know of, below. We hope you enjoy looking through them. Do let us know which ones we have missed!

All The Posters

We have organised the posters by the year of the film's release. Clicking on a poster will open a higher-resolution version. The IMDb icon will take you to that film's entry on the IMDb website.

1970s

A movie poster for the film Alice Cooper Welcome to my Nightmare A movie poster for the film Black Bird A movie poster for the film Car Wash

Alice Cooper : Welcome To My Nightmare (1975)

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The Black Bird (1975)

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Car Wash (1976)

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A movie poster for the film The Food of the Gods A movie poster for the film FutureWorld A movie poster for the film Harry and Walter Go To New York

The Food of the Gods (1976)

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Futureworld (1976)

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Harry and Walter Go To New York (1976)

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A movie poster for the film Killer Force An original movie poster for the film Robin and Marian A movie poster for the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Killer Force (1976)

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Robin and Marian (1976)

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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An original movie poster for the film Small Town In Texas An original movie poster for the film Squirm An original movie poster for the film Empire of the Ants

Small Town In Texas (1976)

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Squirm (1976)

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Empire of the Ants (1977)

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An original movie poster for the film The Last Remake of Beau Geste An original movie poster for the film March or Die An original movie poster for the film Piece of the Action

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

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March or Die (1977)

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A Piece of the Action (1977)

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An original movie poster for the film Star Wars (A New Hope) An original movie poster for the film Star Wars (A New Hope) A movie poster for the film Tentacles

Star Wars (Style D) (1977)

(with Charles White)

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Star Wars (Re-Release) (1977)

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Tentacles (1977)

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An original movie poster for the film Thunder and Lightning An original movie poster for the film California Suite An original movie poster for the film High-Ballin'

Thunder and Lightning (1977)

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California Suite (1978)

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High-Ballin' (1978)

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An original movie poster for the film Matilda An original movie poster for the film The NorseMan An original movie poster for the film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe

Matilda (1978)

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The Norseman (1978)

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Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

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An original movie poster for the film The Evictors An original movie poster for the film The Frisco Kid An original movie poster for the film The Muppet Movie

The Evictors (1979)

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The Frisco Kid (1979)

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The Muppet Movie (1979)

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An original movie poster for the film Sextette An original movie poster for the film Tilt  

Sextette (1979)

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Tilt (1979)

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1980s 

An original movie poster for the film Borderline An original movie poster for the film Caboblanco An original movie poster for the film The Empire Strikes Back

Borderline (1980)

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Cabo Blanco (1980)

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The Empire Strikes Back (Re-Release) (1980)

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A movie poster for the film Oh Heavenly Dog An original movie poster for the film Raise the Titanic An original movie poster for the film All Night Long

Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)

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Raise The Titanic (1980)

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All Night Long (1981)

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An original movie poster for the film Cannonball Run A movie poster for the film The Great Muppet Caper A movie poster for the film Incubus

The Cannonball Run (1981)

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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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Incubus (1981)

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An original movie poster for the film Kill Squad An original movie poster for the film Raiders of the Lost Ark An original movie poster for the film Blade Runner

Kill Squad (1981)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Blade Runner (1982)

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An original movie poster for the film Fake Out An original movie poster for the film First Blood An original movie poster for the film I, The Jury

Fake Out (1982)

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First Blood (1982)

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I, The Jury (1982)

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An original movie poster for the film Mother Lode An original movie poster for the film The Thing An original movie poster for the film Cross Creek

Mother Lode (1982)

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The Thing (1982)

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Cross Creek (1983)

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An original movie poster for the film D.C. Cab An original movie poster for the film Heat and Dust An original movie poster for the film Hercules

D.C. Cab (1983)

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Heat and Dust (1983)

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Hercules (1983)

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An original movie poster for the film The Pirates of Penzance An original movie poster for the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi (Revenge Style) An original movie poster for the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi

The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

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Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Return of the Jedi (Re-Release) (1983)

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An original movie poster for the film Risky Business An original movie poster for the film Second Thoughts An original movie poster for the film The Sting 2

Risky Business (1983)

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Second Thoughts (1983)

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The Sting 2 (1983)

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An original movie poster for the film Stroker Ace An original movie poster for the film To Be Or Not To Be An original movie poster for the film Under Fire

Stroker Ace (1983)

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To Be Or Not To Be (1983)

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Under Fire (1983)

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An original movie poster for the film The Bear An original movie poster for the film The Cannonball Run 2 An original movie poster for the Star Wars film Caravan of Courage

The Bear (1984)

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Cannonball Run II (1984)

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Caravan of Courage (1984)

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An original movie poster for the film Champions An original movie poster for the film Dreamscape An original movie poster for the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Champions (1984)

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Dreamscape (1984)

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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An original movie poster for the film Johnny Dangerously An original movie poster for the film Police Academy An original movie poster for the film Sahara

Johnny Dangerously (1984)

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Police Academy (1984)

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Sahara (1984)

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An original movie poster for the film Unfaithfully Yours An original movie poster for the film Back to the Future An original movie poster for the film Better Off Dead

Unfaithfully Yours (1984)

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Back To The Future (1985)

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Better Off Dead (1985)

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An original movie poster for the film The Goonies An original movie poster for the film Ladyhawke An original movie poster for the film Police Academy 2

The Goonies (1985)

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Ladyhawke (1985)

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Police Academy 2 (1985)

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An original movie poster for the film Return to Oz An original movie poster for the film American Justice An original movie poster for the film An American Tail

Return to Oz (1985)

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American Justice (1986)

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An American Tail (1986)

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An original movie poster for the film Big Trouble In Little China An original movie poster for the film The Name of the Rose An original movie poster for the film Police Academy 3

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

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The Name of the Rose (1986)

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Police Academy 3 (1986)

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An original movie poster for the film Weekend Warriors An original movie poster for the film Adventures in Babysitting An original movie poster for the film Batteries Not Included

Weekend Warriors (1986)

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Adventures In Baby Sitting (1987)

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*Batteries Not Included (1987)

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An original movie poster for the film Born in East L.A. An original movie poster for the film Happy Hour An original movie poster for the film Harry and the Hendersons

Born in East L.A. (1987)

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Happy Hour (1987)

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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

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An original movie poster for the film Hot Pursuit An original movie poster for the film Masters of the Universe An original movie poster for the film Meatballs III

Hot Pursuit (1987)

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Masters of the Universe (1987)

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Meatballs 3 (1987)

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An original movie poster for the film Nadine An original movie poster for the film The Outing An original movie poster for the film Police Academy 4

Nadine (1987)

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The Outing (1987)

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Police Academy 4 (1987)

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An original movie poster for the film Three O'Clock High An original movie poster for the film Coming To America An original movie poster for the film Into The Fire

Three O'Clock High (1987)

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Coming to America (1988)

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Into The Fire (1988)

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An original movie poster for the film Moon Over Parador An original movie poster for the film Sunset An original movie poster for the film After School

Moon Over Parador (1988)

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Sunset (1988)

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After School (1989)

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An original movie poster for the film All's Fair An original movie poster for the film Back to the Future II An original movie poster for the film The Experts

All's Fair (1989)

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Back to the Future II (1989)

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The Experts (1989)

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An original movie poster for the film Harlem Nights An original movie poster for the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade An original movie poster for the film Shirley Valentine

Harlem Nights (1989)

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Shirley Valentine (1989)

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1990s        

An original movie poster for the film Back to the Future III An original movie poster for the film Duck Tales the Movie An original movie poster for the film Hook

Back to the Future III (1990)

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Duck Tales : The Movie (1990)

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Hook (1991)

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An original movie poster for the film Taking Care of Business An original movie poster for the film The Muppet Christmas Carol An original movie poster for the film The Newsies

Taking Care of Business (1991)

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Newsies (1992)

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An original movie poster for the film Stay Tuned An original movie poster for the film Hocus Pocus An original movie poster for the film We're Back : A Dinosaur's Story

Stay Tuned (1992)

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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We're Back : A Dinosaur's Story (1993)

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An original movie poster for the film Angel's In The Out Field An original movie poster for the film The Flintstones An original movie poster for the film The Shawshank Redemption

Angel's In The Out-Field (1994)

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The Flintstones (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption (Re-Release) (1994)

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An original movie poster for the film Cut Throat Island An original movie poster for the film A Gift From Heaven An original movie poster for the film Mallrats

Cut Throat Island (1995)

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A Gift From Heaven (1995)

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Mallrats (1995)

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An original movie poster for the film Muppet Treasure Island An original movie poster for the Star Wars film The Phantom Menace

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

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The Phantom Menace (1999)

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2000s and Beyond...

An original movie poster for the film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas An original movie poster for the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone An original movie poster for the Star Wars film Attack of the Clones

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

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Attack of the Clones (2002)

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An original movie poster for the film The Crocodile Hunter : Collision Course An original movie poster for the film Hellboy An original movie poster for the Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith

The Crocodile Hunter : Collision Course (2002)

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Hellboy (2004)

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Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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An original movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull An original movie poster for the film Super Capers An original movie poster for the film Drew : The Man Behind The Poster

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Super Capers (2009)

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Drew : The Man Behind The Poster (2013)

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Notes

1. As with all commercial artists, Drew produced some posters that weren't then picked up by the client. We have only included posters which we believe were actually used to promote a film. There are 'grey areas', for example, we haven't included Drew's phenomenal poster for Pan's Labyrinth as we've only ever seen one, so we aren't sure it was ever actually used in a cinema / theatre.

2. Drew has also produced many fantastic posters that weren't commissioned to directly publicise a movie. As a result, we have not included some great posters such as the "Star Wars : First Ten Years" poster.

3. Drew has produced some re-release and anniversary release posters. We have listed posters in the decade that the film was originally released, rather than the re-release date.

 

There you go, every Drew Struzan movie poster that we are aware of. If you'd like to read more about Drew and his amazing work, we can recommend:

'The Art of Drew Struzan' (Amazon UK) (Amazon US)

'Drew Struzan : Oeuvre' (Amazon UK) (Amazon US)

Plus, of course, the film about his work, "Drew : The Man Behind The Poster" (Amazon UK) (Amazon US)

 

To see which posters by Drew we currently have available, just click here.

 

Adam and the Art of the Movies team

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