Great Films Based on Books

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Book lovers often have very strong opinions about how their favorite stories ought to be adapted, when being made into films. Our List of the Month this November is devoted to films that got it right—films that were successfully adapted from books, or that even improved upon their books. Each participant may vote on ten films. Please only downvote titles if they are not films, or if they are films not adapted from a book.
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2,018 medlemmar
15 recensioner
½ 4.5
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1,014 medlemmar
10 recensioner
½ 4.4
32 Members
timspalding, brewergirl, lorax, rosalita, cornerhouse, Parthurbook, mzonderm, raidergirl3, sunqueen, konallis, atozgrl, RBeffa, AnnieMod, igorken, tina1969, MaskedMumbler, Tess_W, kdabra4, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, verncox, DeborahJ2016, SandyAMcPherson, DonnaGriffin, AndrewGrannell, clunardelli, Bubu1969, Tosta, RunLonger, SoulMedicine, dianehewson, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: Masterclass: How to make an epic film from a short story (Stephen King).
NiniScripsit: Stephen King's novella, "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" transformed into a movie epic so good that it deserves multiple viewings. So many uplifting, soaring moments, so many realistic portrayals of the brutality of an archaic system, so many touching portrayals of flawed humanity. A true, totally American, classic.
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660 medlemmar
5 recensioner
½ 4.4
30 Members
brewergirl, tardis, rosalita, bcmiller, charl08, raidergirl3, lizzy50usa, perennialreader, BonnieJune54, kdabra4, ahef1963, pwhite98270, MaryMeg, Laura1124, Hope_H, Tatoosh, mrswebster, DeborahJ2016, SandyAMcPherson, DonnaGriffin, AndrewGrannell, baughga, clunardelli, beatlegrrl, SoulMedicine, bstar1019, dianehewson, StillLearning123, NiniScripsit, vcast
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NiniScripsit: To those who have seen this film, no explanation is needed. For those who have not, watch it. Brilliant, groundbreaking, remarkable. And you get to watch Gregory Peck in one of his best roles.
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835 medlemmar
14 recensioner
½ 4.4
26 Members
cornerhouse, bcmiller, jillmwo, cpg, charl08, epaterson, cbl_tn, merrystar, atozgrl, katemcangus, noveltea, al.vick, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, verncox, beehappy, mrswebster, DeborahJ2016, barefootsong, AndrewGrannell, GinaHMM, LetGoAndBreathe, loulourevisited, slimikin, SoulMedicine, dianehewson
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beehappy: Based on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
mrswebster: Book still more, but never could have read these books without meeting and learning to love these characters through the visual story. Each role so wonderfully acted by each artist.
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1,354 medlemmar
11 recensioner
½ 4.3
25 Members
tardis, anglemark, bcmiller, pitjrw, mldg, bjappleg8, lizzy50usa, atozgrl, tina1969, BonnieJune54, Tess_W, ahef1963, MaryMeg, AbigailAdams26, verncox, Hope_H, dianeham, beehappy, DeborahJ2016, DonnaGriffin, AndrewGrannell, tklay30, RunLonger, SoulMedicine, StillLearning123
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anglemark: Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
verncox: This Musical is a good way to make up for making cuts to a good narrative.
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1,004 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4.2
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509 medlemmar
6 recensioner
½ 4.3
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464 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4.2
12
13 Members
grizzly.anderson, Cecrow, FAMeulstee, atozgrl, oceancat, MaskedMumbler, vwinsloe, al.vick, pwhite98270, Michael.Rimmer, barefootsong, baughga, RunLonger
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Cecrow: Most accurate to vote for whole trilogy.
vwinsloe: Each installment of the trilogy was a masterpiece.
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702 medlemmar
4 recensioner
½ 4.3
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517 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.5
13 Members
rosalita, anglemark, grizzly.anderson, paradoxosalpha, CarltonC, rhbouchard, mrbudyhed, vwinsloe, Michael.Rimmer, Laura1124, dianeham, timetunnel, loulourevisited,mzonderm ,
Förklaringar
paradoxosalpha: Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
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255 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4
12 Members
tardis, rosalita, bcmiller, Parthurbook, wolfepack, atozgrl, Laura1124, SandyAMcPherson, baughga, clunardelli, loulourevisited, StillLearning123
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: As ever, screenwriter William Goldman explaining the complexity of the Bernstein-Woodward source material with great economy. And holding attention when the audience knows the outcome before the start.
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477 medlemmar
7 recensioner
3.8
13 Members
cornerhouse, lizzy50usa, katemcangus, AbigailAdams26, mrswebster, barefootsong, DonnaGriffin, AndrewGrannell, clunardelli, GinaHMM, loulourevisited, slimikin, bstar1019,ahef1963 ,NiniScripsit
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NiniScripsit: This version strayed so far from the book, that I was severely disappointed. When a book is iconic to literally generations of women it should be respected and not re-worked at the director's/writer's whim.
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490 medlemmar
7 recensioner
½ 4.5
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247 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
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215 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4.2
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732 medlemmar
7 recensioner
4.1
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510 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4
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825 medlemmar
11 recensioner
4.2
10 Members
bcmiller, grizzly.anderson, barleywine, sturlington, mrbudyhed, vwinsloe, Michael.Rimmer, verncox, timetunnel, v_RuneBerg,paradoxosalpha ,AndrewGrannell
Förklaringar
paradoxosalpha: The book and the (monumental) film were written simultaneously in conversation with one another. Both were based on the earlier Arthur C. Clarke story "The Sentinel," not a book--though the story was later included in a collection called The Sentinel.
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375 medlemmar
4 recensioner
3.9
8 Members
cornerhouse, Caramellunacy, paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, wolfepack, rhbouchard, katemcangus, Hope_H
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paradoxosalpha: Based on True Grit by Charles Portis
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1,370 medlemmar
21 recensioner
½ 4.4
9 Members
anglemark, mldg, terran, MaryMeg, Laura1124, verncox, Tatoosh, clunardelli, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
anglemark: Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
NiniScripsit: A lovely fairy tale based on real people and events. Although the book details a very different reality, Messrs. Rodgers and Hammerstein crafted such beautiful music and (although Lehman's screenplay strayed a little too far from Lindsay and Crouses libretto) the script told such a charming story that the film has become a beloved icon. And Julie Andrews is singing...what more is there to say?
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533 medlemmar
10 recensioner
½ 4.3
7 Members
rosalita, bcmiller, Parthurbook, terran, rhbouchard, MaskedMumbler, verncox
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Parthurbook: The madness of the Ken Kesey book echoed in the madness of the movie
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84 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 4.4
7 Members
jillmwo, epaterson, cbl_tn, BonnieJune54, noveltea, ManWithAnAgenda, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
NiniScripsit: A lovely, sweet and charming movie that manages in its quiet way to show the deep and blossoming friendship of disparate women and the, it is hoped, education of their sometimes obdurate men. Both the book and the film should be enjoyed again and again.
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566 medlemmar
7 recensioner
4.2
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852 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4.2
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276 medlemmar
6 recensioner
½ 4.3
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464 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
7 Members
rhbouchard, al.vick, Dayclear, mrswebster, AndrewGrannell, Bubu1969, jpahl,bcmiller ,wolfepack
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al.vick: based on the book, but SOOO much better.
mrswebster: DITTO to al.vick!
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323 medlemmar
5 recensioner
½ 4.4
5 Members
cbl_tn, merrystar, kac522, barefootsong, JulieStielstra
Förklaringar
JulieStielstra: The best Austen adaptation ever - excellent acting, honest and vivid production values, the perfect mix of wit and heartfelt.
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295 medlemmar
3 recensioner
4.2
7 Members
lizzy50usa, konallis, perennialreader, pwhite98270, MaryMeg, Tatoosh, tklay30,bcmiller
Förklaringar
lizzy50usa: Based on the book by C.S. Forester
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710 medlemmar
8 recensioner
4.1
6 Members
librookian, paradoxosalpha, terran, igorken, MaskedMumbler, mrbudyhed
Förklaringar
paradoxosalpha: Based on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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1,281 medlemmar
9 recensioner
½ 4.4
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403 medlemmar
8 recensioner
4
6 Members
RBeffa, oceancat, mrbudyhed, megbmore, timetunnel, StillLearning123
Förklaringar
timetunnel: Based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
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175 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.4
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577 medlemmar
9 recensioner
4
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1,441 medlemmar
14 recensioner
½ 4.5
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492 medlemmar
4 recensioner
3.9
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310 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
5 Members
Parthurbook, terran, al.vick, Tatoosh, loulourevisited
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: The scale of the mission reflected in the scale of the Tom Wolfe book reflected in the scale of the movie.
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328 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
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335 medlemmar
2 recensioner
3.9
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185 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4
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232 medlemmar
3 recensioner
3.1
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320 medlemmar
4 recensioner
4.2
5 Members
tardis, oceancat, barefootsong, ManWithAnAgenda, JulieStielstra
Förklaringar
JulieStielstra: Charming, emotional, honest; wonderful performances by all the kid actors. A childhood favorite unsullied by cuteness, visually lovely.
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674 medlemmar
9 recensioner
½ 4.5
6 Members
anglemark, bjappleg8, monadz, SandyAMcPherson, ManWithAnAgenda, loulourevisited, ,oceancat
Förklaringar
anglemark: Based on Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
: Changed too many things from the book.
oceancat: love miyazaki but yeah this is too different from the book
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273 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.3
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133 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.3
5 Members
tardis, Michael.Rimmer, Laura1124, EGBERTINA, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
NiniScripsit: A true classic. Funny, witty and sophisticated in a way that movies, sadly, might never be again. And the brilliant pairing of Myrna Loy and William Powell is one of the most magical in film history. Nick and Nora are the best. Do read the book (I mean, Dashiell Hammet, c'mon); do see the movie. Both can't be beat.
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370 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4.2
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416 medlemmar
4 recensioner
3.9
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519 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4.1
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655 medlemmar
9 recensioner
½ 4.3
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109 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4
4 Members
jillmwo, sunqueen, kdabra4, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
NiniScripsit: One of the great melodramas of all time, and one of the best love stories in American film. The superb acting, brilliant script and brilliant casting make an unbeatable combination. The cigarette scene alone has become a trope. And the ending is one of the best ever on film..."Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the Moon. We have the stars."
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292 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4.1
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299 medlemmar
3 recensioner
4
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589 medlemmar
8 recensioner
4.2
5 Members
lorax, tardis, charl08, atozgrl, Tatoosh,StillLearning123
Förklaringar
StillLearning123 : Clicked by mistake! It’s a great movie!
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62 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 3.7
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209 medlemmar
4 recensioner
½ 4.3
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127 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, EMS_24
Förklaringar
anglemark: Based on Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
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149 medlemmar
½ 3.7
3 Members
Parthurbook, epaterson, LuckyMick
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: The meta quality of having Christopher Plummer playing Kipling - the author of the story - adds to the atmosphere of two stars (Connery and Caine) at the top of their game.
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160 medlemmar
1 recension
3.8
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167 medlemmar
1 recension
4.1
3 Members
librookian, mrbudyhed, beehappy
Förklaringar
beehappy: Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes
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372 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4.1
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218 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
3 Members
Aquila, librookian, EMS_24
Förklaringar
EMS_24: Based on the book by Peter Hedges with the same title
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17 medlemmar
1 recension
4.1
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528 medlemmar
8 recensioner
3.8
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181 medlemmar
4 recensioner
½ 4.4
4 Members
librookian, paradoxosalpha, FAMeulstee, thalassa_thalassa,bcmiller
Förklaringar
paradoxosalpha: Based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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133 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4.1
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396 medlemmar
1 recension
4
3 Members
hipdeep, al.vick, ManWithAnAgenda
Förklaringar
hipdeep: Based on stories from A.A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House At Pooh Corner."
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262 medlemmar
3 recensioner
4
3 Members
librookian, Tatoosh, SandraArdnas
Förklaringar
SandraArdnas: One of those rare 'much better than the book' adaptations. Adapted from Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
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273 medlemmar
5 recensioner
4
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162 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
3 Members
hipdeep, EGBERTINA, NiniScripsit
Förklaringar
NiniScripsit: I'm surprised that more members didn't vote for this. It's a wonderful, truly hilarious madcap kind of film purportedly based on Patrick Dennis's real-life aunt (he liked to deny it), albeit with embellishments. Rosalind Russell is, well, Rosalind Russell; brilliant as usual. Mame Dennis is eccentric, charming, flamboyant and slightly nuts. The movie is so full of loony situations, insane frivolity and lovely, touching moments that, just like the book, you can't help but be entertained. And the screenplay is by Comden and Green; how good can you get? There are so many iconic lines, but the best, much-quoted (and the one I've kept with me as a touchstone since I read the book at 12 years old) is "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." As an affirmation of life in all its weird, wonderful glories this movie can't be beat. I devoutly wish that Mame Dennis was my aunt. She's exuberance personified. What a character!
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27 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
3 Members
amanda4242, kac522, JulieStielstra
Förklaringar
JulieStielstra: Faithful and honorable adaptation; delightful to watch those two golden boys Firth and Branagh finding their excellence.
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114 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 4.6
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410 medlemmar
4 recensioner
½ 4.3
77
763 medlemmar
17 recensioner
½ 4.5
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146 medlemmar
2 recensioner
3.9
3 Members
Parthurbook, FAMeulstee, v_RuneBerg
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: An outstanding central performance in a film that captures the existential mood of its source Jerzy Kozinsky novel.
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278 medlemmar
1 recension
4.2
80
84 medlemmar
3 recensioner
3.9
81
132 medlemmar
5 recensioner
3.9
82
496 medlemmar
3 recensioner
4.2
83
410 medlemmar
4 recensioner
4
84
911 medlemmar
3 recensioner
4
3 Members
anglemark, terran, igorken
Förklaringar
anglemark: Based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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454 medlemmar
4 recensioner
4.1
3 Members
Parthurbook, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda
Förklaringar
Parthurbook: Only director Luhrmann makes Shakespeare this sexy.
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992 medlemmar
12 recensioner
4.1
87
211 medlemmar
6 recensioner
3.9
88
561 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4
89
108 medlemmar
6 recensioner
½ 4.4
90
63 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
2 Members
tklay30, EGBERTINA
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255 medlemmar
5 recensioner
½ 4.4
2 Members
konallis, MaryMeg
92
38 medlemmar
2.8
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, ManWithAnAgenda
Förklaringar
paradoxosalpha: Based on Tideland by Mitch Cullin
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872 medlemmar
7 recensioner
4
2 Members
oceancat, Tatoosh
Förklaringar
oceancat: an amazing movie and then they never made more, sob. at least we have the book series
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117 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
amanda4242, gsc55
95
356 medlemmar
6 recensioner
4.2
96
341 medlemmar
8 recensioner
½ 4.4
97
347 medlemmar
10 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
tklay30, Yuki-Onna
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142 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.3
2 Members
pitjrw, v_RuneBerg
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104 medlemmar
2 recensioner
3.9
100
530 medlemmar
11 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
tardis, Cecrow