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Legendary scientist Albert Einstein (played here by Walter Matthau) takes a break from theoretical physics to try to set up his intellectual niece with a handsome auto mechanic in this romantic comedy. The movie's central conceit is that Einstein's brilliance extends to matters of the heart, allowing him to immediately sense that Ed Walters (Tim Robbins), a bright, lower-class mechanic obsessed with Popular Science Magazine, would be perfect for his niece Catherine (Meg Ryan). Unfortunately, Catherine is already engaged to a stiff Princeton man. In order to defeat Catherine's resistance, Uncle Albert decides to help Ed pretend to be a revolutionary scientist, a charade that inevitably leads to much farcical confusion. Einstein's scientist pals are portrayed as a Greek chorus of Catskills-style kibitzers, featuring such notable perfomers as Lou Jacobi as Kurt Godel and director Gene Saks as Boris Podolsky. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast

Tim Robbins
as Ed Walters
Meg Ryan
as Catherine Boyd
Walter Matthau
as Albert Einstein
Lou Jacobi
as Kurt Godel
Gene Saks
as Boris Podolsky
Joseph Maher
as Nathan Liebknecht
Stephen Fry
as James Moreland
Tony Shalhoub
as Bob Rosetti
Frank Whaley
as Frank
Richard Woods
as Suit
Danny Zorn
as Dennis
Lewis J. Stadlen
as Moderator
Jeff Brooks
as Reporter
Alice Drummond
as Dinner guest
Sol Frieder
as Professor Loewenstein
Scotty Bloch
as Dinner Guest
Tim Jerome
as Academic
Rex Robbins
as Suit
Helen Hanft
as Rose
Leo Leyden
as Dinner Guest
Alice Playten
as Gretchen
Charles Durning
as Louis Bamberger
Daniel Von Bargen
as Secret service agent

Crew

Fred Schepisi
Director
Fred Schepisi
Producer
Carol Baum
Producer
Andy Breckman
Screenwriter
Andy Breckman
Screen Story
Michael Leeson
Screenwriter
Ian Baker
Cinematographer
Danny Michael
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Jill Bilcock
Editor
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
W. Steven Graham
Art Director
Neil Machlis
Co-producer
Sandy Gallin
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
John Wildermuth
First Assistant Director
Michael Laudati
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