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Breaking the Code (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  2 February 1997 (USA)
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A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal, besides being a security risk. Written by Will Gilbert

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The New York production of "Breaking the Code" by Hugh Whitemore opened at the Neil Simon Theater in New York on November 15, 1987 and ran for 169 performances. Derek Jacobi was nominated for the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and recreated his stage role in this film production. See more »

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[giving friendly advice to Turing about his homosexuality which was regarded as illegal at the time]
Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox: I don't give a tuppenny damn whether you choose to go to bed with choirboys or cocker spaniels, but it would be wiser to keep your private life to yourself.
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Brilliant performance
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A moving depiction of the life of genius Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke Nazi Germany's Enigma code during WWII and who provided much of the theoretical foundation of modern computer science. Jacobi masterfully portrays Turing in all phases of his life, from his troubled days as a student to his career as codebreaker at Bletchley Park, and to his later suicide after having been hounded to the point of despair by an ungrateful and mistrustful government over his homosexuality.

If this film has a flaw at all, it's that Jacobi is physically unlike Turing in every way; there's absolutely no point of resemblance. But his performance is so absorbing that you don't really notice until it's all over with.


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