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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Mr. Zero
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Daisy Devore
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Lieutenant Charles
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Shrdlu
Raymond Huntley ...
Smithers
Phil Brown ...
Don
Paddie O'Neil ...
Mabel
Libby Morris ...
Ethel
Hugh McDermott ...
Harry
Bill Nagy ...
Lawyer
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Judy
Bruce Boa ...
Detective
Kenny Damon ...
Joe
John Brandon ...
First cell jailer
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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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According to the director of this film Jerome Epstein, it was the idea of comedian Charles Chaplin to portray the scenes in Heaven the way they turned out in the film, with hot dog stands among other things. See more »

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Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »

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How Small We Are, How Little We Know
by Earl Wilson Jr. (as Earl Wilson Jnr.)
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Compelling expressionistic play
12 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is different in so many ways from anything I have ever seen. Set in the 1930's, it has a modern feel with the "hippie" in heaven, etc. Phyllis Diller's performance is Oscar caliber and totally out of character. Her shrewish monologue is probably the greatest in movie history. Milo O'Shea aptly conveys the meaninglessness of Mr Zero. His reaction to the introduction of the adding machine is shocking, and the contrast with the following banality of typical party conversation (relevant even today) is most effective.

The movie suggests the vanity of human wishes as well as the despair in which the ordinary man spends life. Don't look for consistency or logic, as the movie creates an emotional rather than a rational reaction in the viewer through the presentation of a melange of philosophical ideas. Very interesting. "How Small We Are" packs a punch at the end of the movie.


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