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Movie Maths Clips

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

These pages complement our list of movies featuring mathematics. If you enjoy such clips, check out the wonderful collection being compiled by Oliver Knill.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) IMDB. Computers can make things so much easier.

Force of Evil (1948) IMDB. A handy guy to have around, just in case Barbie smashes your calculator.

Red Planet (2000) IMDB. And we thought all that maths was useless.

Oh God! Book II (1980) IMDB. A class (and a curriculum) we could do without.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) IMDB. A very full drink.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) IMDB. If you can't solve a maths problem, change it.

Agora (2009) IMDB. Apparently Hypatia was a thousand or so years ahead of her time.

The Daily Show: 19.65 (2014) IMDB. Maths and other fun things.

Small Time Crooks (2000) IMDB. Crime doesn't pay (at least not that much).

The Daily Show: 19.68 (2014) IMDB. Some mathematical advice for thugs.

Mean Girls (2004) IMDB. A good tutor can help a lot.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) IMDB. A puzzling coin.

Graveyard Disturbance (1987) IMDB. Anything mathematical can happen in a cemetery.

The Nugget (2002) IMDB. Some dodgy but happy arithmetic.

The Core (2003) IMDB. It's essential to know all the prime numbers. (And, our column.)

The Infinite World of H. G. Wells: 1.5 (2001) IMDB. Occam's duster.

Don't Try This at Home (1990) IMDB. The way we like our magic (and our mathematics). (And, our column.)

Rain Man (1998) IMDB. Some people can get by without a calculator.

The Simpsons: 9:18 (1998) IMDB. A training film for the Australian Curriculum.

Gokusen: 1.3 (2004) IMDB. Boy, how we've wanted to do this a few times.

Moonlighting: 2.13 (1986) IMDB. Bruce engages in a little maths humour.

Flash Gordon (1980) IMDB. You never know when you'll need a prime number.

Cube 2 (2002) IMDB. A crazy mathematician helps explain a crazy structure.

The Daily Show: 19.15 (2013) IMDB. Diane Ravitch, with some naive ideas about education as a public good.

Kelly's Heroes (1970) IMDB. Some wishful contraband thinking.

Diabolique (1996) IMDB. Tough class!

Strangers on a Train (1951) IMDB. Some strangers are stranger than others.

Stand and Deliver (1988) IMDB. Fun with finger maths (and our column).

Thunderbirds: Sun Probe (1965) IMDB. Technology helps with a maths problem.

The School of Rock (2003) IMDB. An interesting way to teach (a little) maths.

I Went Down (1997) IMDB. A great way to get people to listen to your maths lecture.

Star Trek: Court Martial (1967) IMDB. Captain Kirk boosts the computers.

The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006) IMDB. Another friendly clip from this great movie.

Beautiful Ohio (2006) IMDB. The fun of maths competitions, and proud parents.

The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Genius (1958) IMDB. Who says projectile motion can't be fun?

Dance Squared (1961) IMDB. Some very active squares.

Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952) IMDB. Even mobsters have to relax.

Infinity (1996) IMDB. Richard Feynman impresses a girl.

Family Guy: When You Wish Upon a Weinstein (2003) IMDB. Yeah, maths is really important.

21 Grams (2003) IMDB. Some flowery philosophy with lunch.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) IMDB. Not your normal job application.

Moebius (1996) IMDB. And we thought Melbourne's public transport had problems!

Battlefield Earth (2000) IMDB. One geometric step at a time.

The Mirror Has Two Faces (1994) IMDB. Romantic twins.

Stand-In (1937) IMDB. An accountant with a difference.

The Life of Pi (2012) IMDB. An unfortunate name and an impressive solution.

Twilight (2008) IMDB. The best scene from the worst ever vampire movie.

The Colbert Report: 8.112 (2012) IMDB. Boy bands praise all those who don't praise themselves.

Insignificance (1985) IMDB. Cosmology is such a turn on!

The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006) IMDB. A beautiful movie, based on the beautiful Yoko Ogawa novel.

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