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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Flash Gordon (1980)

Doctor Hans Zarkov (Topol), Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) and Princess Aura (Ornella Muti) are fleeing, attempting to open a locked door.
AURA: They’ve changed the code!
BARIN: I’ve changed too, Aura.
AURA: And I’ve changed, too.
ZARKOV: Oh it’s o.k. I think I can work it out. As Barin and Aura talk, Zarkov succeeds in opening the door. Ah, I thought it was one of the prime numbers of the Zeeman series. I haven’t changed!