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Mathematics in Movies

This is a collection of movie clips in which Mathematics appears. I'm collecting DVDs and VHS tapes of such movies. This is a working document to be extended over time. I started this page during spring break 2006. See also the page "Begin of lectures in college teaching" and "End of lectures in college teaching". To see the movies larger, watch the quicktime ipod version, which are files with .m4v extension.



Old School [IMBD link]
This commedy not only shows shots of Harvard college but also some rather tough math test problems: like Harriet's method of solving cubics, Diophantine equations or integration problems.
2003
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Last year in Marienbad [IMBD link]
In this rather enigmatic movie, the enigmatic game of NIM with a 7-5-3-1 initial condition is played twice. (Thanks to John Boller for the suggestion.)
1961
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The wizard of oz [IMBD link]
The scare crow theorem: in an isoscele triangle, the sum of the square roots of two sides is the square root of the third side. (Thanks to Wyley Beatty to suggest this movie).
1939
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The number 23 [IMBD link]
Numerology with the number 23
2007
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Antonia's Line [IMBD link]
An algebraic topology class. (Thanks to Mark Barsamian for the suggestion).
1995
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21 [IMBD link]
The Newton method
2008
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21 [IMBD link]
Cauchy plagiarism?
2008
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Collossus: The Forbin Project [IMBD link]
The mighty US defense computer "Colossus" develops calculus to communicate with its buddy in the Soviet union. (Thanks to website visitor "Bob" to suggest this.)
1970
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The bank [IMBD link]
Predicting the stock market using complex dynamics.
2001
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Little Big League [IMBD link]
Joe can paint the house in a=5 hours, Sam can paint the house in b=3 hours. How much time do they need if the paint it together?
1994
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Harold and Kumar [IMBD link]
Solving an integration problem in calculus
2008
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Harold and Kumar [IMBD link]
A poem about the number square root of 3. (Thanks to Yelena Melnichenko for pointing out that math scene).
2008
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Back to the Future Part III [IMBD link]
Dok Brown: Clara was one in a million, one in a billion, one in a googolplex.
1990
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Once upon a time in the west [IMBD link]
Counting horses
1968
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Jane Eyre [IMBD link]
Some gimpses of mathematics appear in the BBC drama: Jane Eyre grades Adeles homework (fraction), a short thene of tutoring and a scene in the carriage.
2006
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The prophecy [IMBD link]
Simon: "See you kids. Study math. Its the key to the universe". (thanks to Bret Benesh for the suggestion).
1995
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Father of the bride [IMBD link]
How to get 8 hotdogs and 8 hotdog buns if hotdog buns are bundled in 12. (Thanks to website visitor Renee Pentecost to suggest this).
1991
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Mean Girls [IMBD link]
A scene showing a Highschool calculus class. (thanks to website visitor Lillian Tubbs to suggest this.)
2004
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Mean Girls [IMBD link]
A scene showing a calculus contest in which a system of linear equations as well as a limit problem appears (thanks to website visitor Lillian Tubbs to suggest this.)
2004
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The Clan of the Cave Bear [IMBD link]
Teaching of mathematics at the time of the Neanderthals maybe 100'000 years ago.
1986
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Bedazzled [IMBD link]
The lier's paradox in this Faustian comedy in which Elliot sold his soul to have 7 wishes fulfilled.
2000
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The code conspiracy [IMBD link]
The ulam prime spiral appears. One could overlook that almost nothing connected with codes, physics or math does make sense in this movie, but that the blue picture of the Ulam spiral is fake is slightly annoying.
2001
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The island [IMBD link]
Discovering a deterministic system for the lottery on the island.
2005
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Good Neighbors episode 1.1 [IMBD link]
Tom Goods remembers to use Algebra to solve things. Introduce x as the unknown.
1975
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Cast Away [IMBD link]
First scene: Lecture on search area on a rock. Second scene: the path of the sun on the rock used as a calendar.
2000
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Eleventh hour: Kryptos [IMBD link]
Ian Hood, the special scientific troubleshooter for the British government has to solve a riddle from a friend. (Thanks to Robin Zaruba for the suggestion)
2006
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Marius [IMBD link]
Bartender Cesar lectures Marius on mixing a picon-citron-curacao: one very small third of curacao, one third of citron, then a large third of picon. And to finish, a large third of water. (Movie suggested by Billy Carson)
1931
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The Croupier [IMBD link]
About the odds in poker.
1998
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Ma and Pa Kettle [IMBD link]
Different proofs that 25/5 = 14
1949
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Cube [IMBD link]
People are trapped in a giant cube puzzle. A permutation riddle has to be solved.
1997
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Hypercube [IMBD link]
People are trapped in a hypercube which implodes at the end. Also time is mixed up in this cube.
2002
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Its My Turn [IMBD link]
A lecture on the Snake lemma in homological algebra in with a student pretends to know things better.
1980
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Simpsons treehouse of horror VI [IMBD link]
Homer enters a 3D world with different mathematical topics.
1995
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Sneakers [IMBD link]
A lecture on computational number theory. A method superior to the number field sieve is announced
1992
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Enigma [IMBD link]
About cracking "Shark" a refinement of the Enigma code.
1991
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Simpsons First Season dvd2 [IMBD link]
Bart Simpson solves a math problem at the learning center.
1989
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Straw Dogs [IMBD link]
A blackboard with mathematical astrophysical formulas.
1971
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P.S. [IMBD link]
A blackboard in Columbia University with mathematical formulas written by astrophysisist Peter, the ex-husband of the main character Louise
2004
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Stand and Deliver [IMBD link]
Starting a difficult lecture
1988
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Proof [IMBD link]
Work on the Riemann hypothesis
2005
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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy [IMBD link]
The number 42
2005
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Abbott and Costello: In the navy [IMBD link]
Abbott and Costello do a Calculation trick to show that 7*13 = 28
1941
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Pi [IMBD link]
Numerology, mathematics is everywhere.
1998
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Monty Python's flying circus [IMBD link]
Football game, the mathematicians Leibniz on the german team, Archimedes on the greek team.
2005
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Monty Python flying circus 2/29 [IMBD link]
Rhetorics and Logic have a lot of common. The art of arguing. What is an argument?
2005
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The Saint [IMBD link]
Piece of paper with mathematical formulas for cold fusion.
1997
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [IMBD link]
Blackboard with some physics formulas
1981
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Good Will Hunting [IMBD link]
A Blackboard in linear algebra lecture at MIT on Perceval identity in Fourier theory.
1997
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A Beautiful Mind [IMBD link]
Multivariable calculus lecture
2001
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Dimensions [IMBD link]
An educational movie by Jos Leys Etienne Ghys and Aurelien Alvarez (Thanks to Pedram Safari for suggesting this)
2008
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Donald in Mathmagicland [IMBD link]
Donald learns the Math of Billiards
1959
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The Mirror has two Faces [IMBD link]
Calculus lecture but the actors mumble about prime twins.
1996
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Infinity [IMBD link]
Abakus scene and explanation how to compute the third roots
1996
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Jurassic park [IMBD link]
Chaos theory I
1993
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Jurassic park [IMBD link]
Chaos theory II
1993
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Contact [IMBD link]
Information is encoded in a cube
1997
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Like Mike [IMBD link]
Supersized triangles (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
2002
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Big [IMBD link]
Josh helps a kid with algebra
1988
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Good Night, Mr Bean [IMBD link]
Mr Bean watches chess game and counts sheep addition problem to go to sleep
1995
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The Count of Monte Cristo [IMBD link]
I offer something priceless. I offer knowledge. Abbe Faria teaches Edmond Dantesphilosophy, mathematics and economics.
2002
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Clueless [IMBD link]
The math problem 7x7
1995
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The Da Vinci Code [IMBD link]
The Fibonnacci sequence 1 1 2 3 5 8 13.
2006
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Mr. Hollands Opus [IMBD link]
If I'm forced to choose from Mozart or Reading and Writing and Long divisions, I choose long division. - You can cut the arts, but the kids will have nothing anymore to read and write about.
1995
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Numb3rs (intro to pilot) [IMBD link]
Mathematics is everywhere. It is also used to solve crimes.
2005
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Numb3rs (pilot) [IMBD link]
Using statistics to find location of criminal and the odds to win the lottery.
2005
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Yakitate Japan episode 40 [IMBD link]
Encoding a message as a number to base 26. (Thanks to visitor Chu-Wee Lim to suggest this).
2004
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Die hard III (St Ives) [IMBD link]
The classic St Ives riddle 7x7x7x7. (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
1995
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Die hard III (bottle) [IMBD link]
A classic water bottle riddle. How to produce exactly 4 gallons with a 3 and a 5 gallon pan. (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
1995
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Fahrenheit 451 [IMBD link]
Gray suited students recite multiplication tables.
1966
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The caddyshack [IMBD link]
In one physical model, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line - in the opposite direction.
1980
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