Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Three friends stationed on a Naval vessel develop a scheme to try and win money while playing roulette in a Venetian casino by using a Naval supercomputer.
My Take on it – This is yet another film in the filmography of Steve McQueen that I wasn’t aware of before I started looking at the list.
I didn’t really know what to expect of this film and based solely on the title and general premise, I didn’t have high expectations for this being any good.
Boy, am I glad I was wrong.
I was laughing the entire time because this film is so funny and works really well.
The story itself had me hooked very quickly and the characters seem down to Earth which allows the viewer to relate to them more.
The cast is superb and the chemistry between the 5 leads is great the entire time.
Besides McQueen, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Dean Jagger, Brigid Bazlen and Jack Weston are all great.
Thy do a really nice job holding a firm balance between the comedic and “straight-man” characters which helps keep things so enjoyable the whole time.
Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works so well. The story had me hooked the entire time and I couldn’t stop laughing. The cast is superb and I loved the chemistry between the 5 leads. The balance between the comedic and “straight-man” characters works really well to help keep things extremely enjoyable the entire time. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The type of computer program in this story did not exist in the late 1950s when this play was written, but did as of 1990 and is a form of artificial intelligence called a neural network. They were not developed until about thirty years later, so this story in a way foresaw their development. Although probably not able to predict numbers of a roulette wheel spin because each result is independent of previous ones, neural networks can, by simulating the human brain, solve widely ranging problems using real data that are interdependent. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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