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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Kelly's Heros (1970)

Sergeant Crapgame (Don Rickles) is calculating on a piece of paper, the share the each soldier will receive of the gold they have captured from the Germans. He stops Private Fisher (Dick Balduzzi).
CRAPGAME: Hey, Fisher!
FISHER: Yeha, whaddya want?
CRAPGAME: Listen. After splitting with oddball and the Germans, we should have 125 boxes left, at $8400 a box. That’s how much?
FISHER: That’s, uh, uh, 10,500,000.
CRAPGAME (checking his figures): Correct! Split 12 ways?
FISHER (immediately): 875,000 each.
CRAPGAME (checking): Very good Fisher! You win a cookie!