The Adding Machine


1h 39m 1969

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 23 Sep 1969
Production Company
Associated London Films; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Regional Film Distributors
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice (New York, 19 Mar 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Mr. Zero has worked for 25 years as a bookkeeper in a large department store. Married to a nagging wife, he dreams of a romance with Daisy, one of his co-workers, but he is too shy to confess his affection for her. Zero is on the verge of asking his boss, Mr. Smithers, for a raise, when he learns that he is to be replaced by an adding machine. In a fit of rage, he murders Smithers with a letter opener. Despite an emotional appeal to the jury at his trial, Zero is convicted and sentenced to death. Awaiting execution, he meets Shrdlu, a religious fanatic who has murdered his mother. The two men are executed and find themselves transported to heaven, which resembles a huge carnival. Zero also finds Daisy, who had loved him so much that she committed suicide shortly after his death. They have a brief romantic interlude, but he is uncomfortable in a place where no one works, so he takes a job in heaven's accounting office. Thirty years later, Zero is called before Lieutenant Charles, the head of the office, and informed that it is time for him to return to Earth to begin a new life. When Zero expresses disbelief at the continuing cycle, the lieutenant tells him that he has been through the process many times before and that with each reincarnation he becomes more of an automaton. Though Zero pleads for compassion, the lieutenant only offers him a final glimpse of Daisy.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 23 Sep 1969
Production Company
Associated London Films; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Regional Film Distributors
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice (New York, 19 Mar 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1970.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 1969

Released in United States Fall September 1969