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The Adding Machine (1969)

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
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Smithers
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Don
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Judy
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Joe
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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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Joe Mantell was offered a key role. See more »

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Edited into The Clock (2010) 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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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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