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._.
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,_,
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,_,
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._.
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._.
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,_,
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,_,
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._.
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,_,
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(_(
t_NN
._.
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,_,
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,_,
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._.
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._.
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1997_CD
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._.
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1996_CD
)_)
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1981_CD
)_)
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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)_)
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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,_,
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,_,
and_CC
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(_(
if_CS
just_RB
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jack_NP
nicholsons_NNS
performance_NN
._.
)_)
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it_PP
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(_(
pardon_NN
the_DT
bad_JJ
joke_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
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good_JJ
fun_NN
._.
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