The crew aboard the USS Elmira are working on a project, code named Operation Honeymoon. At the operation's core is the testing of the Magnetic Analyzer Computing Synchrotron, or MACS for short, which is a smart computer designed to do among other things determine where missiles are going to land. Civilian Jason Eldridge is the scientific mastermind aboard in charge of MACS' operation. His friend aboard, Lieutenant Ferguson Howard, sees other possible uses for MACS. He wants to know if MACS, if given the proper data, can accurately predict games of chance, such as those found in casinos. After discussing the situation, Fergie and Jason decide the game which MACS can predict the most accurately is roulette. They decide to test MACS' abilities, and possibly get rich, at their next port of call where there is a casino, namely Venice. They plan on using a system of Morse Code light signals from the ship to shore to transmit the information. Although they go ahead with their plan, they are... Written by
When the Russian Consul, berating his code-breakers and underlings, begins hitting the desk with his shoe, this is a humorous reference to Russian leader Nikita Kruschev's actions at the United Nations in October of the previous year (1960), when Kruschev banged the rostrum with his shoe in anger at statements made by the Filipino delegation. See more »
When Fergie and Jason are plugging in the power supply for the blinker in the Venice hotel, Jason says "110 volts in, 24 volts out". All European countries use 240 volts, not 110 volts as in the USA. See more »
This is a true comedy with all the necessary components: good humor, great actors, well thought out jokes, excellent scenography and gorgeous actresses.
The dialog is witty and entertaining, as well as the delivery. Steve McQueen does a great job acting out his character (contrary to popular opinion on this board). The form of the movie is well balanced and brings about a swift, dramatic and overall satisfying conclusion along with a small "coda" as a part of a series of comic relief moments ongoing through the entire movie.
As others have said on this review board - Do waste your time with this one - it will be a time filled with laughter and good humor and you'll be happier for it.
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