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The Adding Machine (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy  |  23 September 1969 (USA)
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An accountant whose job is about to be taken over by a computer starts to re-examine his life and his priorities.

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Lieutenant Charles
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An accountant whose job is about to be taken over by a computer starts to re-examine his life and his priorities.

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The motion picture that adds up to an excursion into the absurd.

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Billie Whitelaw was cast after seven high profile US leading ladies passed. See more »

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Peanuts and Popcorn
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Music by Frank Talley
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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The Machine Revealed
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The key to understanding "The Adding Machine" is understanding that the original play (on which it is based) is not about life, but about business. Like Willy Loman's in "Death of a Salesman," Mr. Zero's name is a description of the man himself; he's a zero, a nothing. His reward for years of faithful service to the company is that his job is eliminated, even when he is clearly too old to go out and get another job. He's just a number to them. But this brutal reality continues in the hereafter. Following his execution, Zero finds himself in the Elysian Fields, where he can do whatever he wants. Or can he? Told that he has to go back (to life), he protests that he's done his time. He is then asked, "Do you suppose they go to all the expense of making a soul just to use it once?" Even in Eternity, Zero is a nothing, a thing to be used over and over until he's good for nothing but the scrap heap. "The Adding Machine" is a very human story, direct in its condemnation of the brutality of the business world, yet still disarming--and distracting--enough to be funny. Then again, perhaps the final laugh is on us......


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