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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.

Director:

Jerome Epstein

Writers:

Elmer Rice (play), Jerome Epstein (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Milo O'Shea ... Mr. Zero
Phyllis Diller ... Mrs. Zero
Billie Whitelaw ... Daisy Devore
Sydney Chaplin ... Lieutenant Charles
Julian Glover ... Shrdlu
Raymond Huntley ... Smithers
Phil Brown ... Don
Paddie O'Neil Paddie O'Neil ... Mabel
Libby Morris Libby Morris ... Ethel
Hugh McDermott ... Harry
Bill Nagy ... Lawyer
Carol Cleveland ... Judy
Bruce Boa ... Detective
Kenny Damon 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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Comedy

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Muhammad Ali was suggested for Lt. Charles. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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A great dramatic role for Phyllis Diller
6 April 2019 | by dontspamme-76078See all my reviews

When I was in high school in the early 70s, we studied The Adding Machine in an English class. For some reason, I remember that we focused on the scene where Mrs. Zero nags Mr. Zero mercilessly. We kept reading that scene over and over. A few months later, this movie aired on PBS. I was mesmerized by Ms. Diller's portrayal of Mrs. Zero, particularly that scene that had bored me to tears in English class. I had every word in her lines memorized. She brought the role to life.

It's too bad that she didn't get more dramatic roles. I understand that she was a concert pianist and was a trained singer, but her trademark laugh ruined her singing voice. What a shame.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bay Sıfır See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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