PG | | Comedy, Romance
A mechanic romances the mathematician niece of physicist Albert Einstein, with help from Einstein and his friends.
Alan Arkin was nearly cast as Albert Einstein, but the producers opted for Matthau instead. A similar thing happened when Matthau and Arkin were cast in the Judge Kovistky role in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). The studio went for Matthau at first but when his demanded salary was too high they went after Arkin - who accepted the role for a lot less payment than Matthau. In the end, when the director decided to shift the judge's ethnicity (from Jewish to an African-American) to tone down the racist portrayal of characters of the film, neither of the actors got the role which went instead to Morgan Freeman, who end up receive a higher payment than Arkin was offered but lower than Matthau's salary.
I need to call a phone. Do you mind if I use your cab?
Ed Walters: There's a cab in the office.
When Ed is describing to his fellow mechanics what it was like to fall in love with Catherine, he uses the phrase 'mind meld', which wasn't "invented" until Star Trek came along approximately 10 years later.
Several characters' names are given incorrectly in the credits; Stephen Fry's character is spelled "James Morland" without the E, Lou Jacobi's character Kurt Gödel is spelled with no umlaut over the O, and Tony Shalhoub's character is titled "Bob Watters," not Bob Rosetti as given throughout the film.
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