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Parsing the memorable mathematics of movies

Hugh Jackman's 24601 in “Les Miserables” is just the latest in a string of numbers with a high movie profile
BY DENNIS KING Published: January 29, 2013

Odds are, every movie lover can tally up a pretty cool list of numbers-related movies. Here's a baker's dozen or so the get the countdown started:

• “The Dirty Dozen” — Twelve misfit soldiers off on a secret mission to kick Nazis keisters.

• “Oceans Eleven” — Las Vegas high jinks and casino heists (your pick of the Frank Sinatra or the George Clooney crews).

• “10” — Dudley Moore's midlife crisis conjures up bikini-clad perfection in Bo Derek.

• “9 Songs” — Two attractive young people meet at a rock concert and engage in a lot of sex.

• “8 ½” – Fellini's hall of mirrors about a movie director retreating into his own memories and fantasies.

• “Se7en” — A serial killer employs the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

• “Six Degrees of Separation” — For a mysterious young black man, every person is a new door to a new world.

• “The Fifth Element” — A futuristic cabbie gets drawn into the search for a legendary cosmic weapon that keeps evil at bay.

• “Four Rooms” — New Year's Eve. A fading New Orleans hotel. Four directors' short stories intersect.

• “Three Men and a Baby” — Three swinging bachelors are tamed by one adorable baby girl.

• “Two For the Road” — The rocky lifelong ramblings of lovers Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.

• “Once” (Irish buskers in love) or “One Million Years B.C.” (Raquel Welch in an animal-skin bikini) or “The Big Red One” (Lee Marvin and World War II).

• And finally, “Less Than Zero” — Hipster novelist Bret Easton Ellis writes about drug-addled hipsters.


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