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Traveling Salesman is a 2012 film about a group of mathematicians attending the final meeting of their project for the United States Department of Defense.
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The group has solved the famous P versus NP problem and are giving that information to the government. At the last minute, they debate the political and moral ramifications of a program that makes all information accessible but with the program's existence being kept private.

Not to be confused with the trope involving roaming sales associates.

Tropes in this film:

  • Body Horror: A screw through the head
  • Flashback: Quite a few for Tim.
  • Jitter Cam: The camerawork is rather shaky during the film, probably trying to convey a sense of unease.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The person who uses a screw on Tim in a dream sequence.
  • Out of Focus: The "guard" in the background is there the entire time, but does little.
  • Pick a Card: Tim uses a card trick to illustrate a point.
  • Persecuted Intellectuals: The math nerd's getting picked on in school is discussed at one point.
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  • Red Scare: Communist China is pointed out as the "New Cold War".
  • Talking Heads: The majority of this film is men sitting around a table, talking.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: No math experts were consulted for the film, so many of the statements regarding mathematics are incorrect.

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