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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves.

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During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire, has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace. In investigating Claire's personal life, the pair discovers personal and international betrayals. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for a sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Enigma - Das Geheimnis  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$156,587 (USA) (19 April 2002)

Gross:

$4,298,329 (USA) (22 November 2002)
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Mick Jagger:  Jagger - the film's producer - is sitting at a dinner table at the dance. See more »

Goofs

When asked what the Enigma machine does, Jericho explains that "it turns plain text messages into gobbledygook." The word "gobbledygook" was invented by U.S. Republican Maury Maverick on March 30, 1944 (imitating the sound of a turkey) while the film is set in 1943. See more »

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Hester Wallace: I seem to move in an endless circle, Mr. Jericho, from one patronizing male to another, always telling me what I am and am not allowed to know. Well, that ends here.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Andante from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, B W V 1049
(1721)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J S Bach)
Performed by Aurèle Nicolet & Peter Reidemeisser (flutes)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (as Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra) / Karl Münchinger
Licensed courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
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History without histrionics
7 October 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a rare pleasure of a film - one that is prepared to treat its viewers intelligently and tell a war-time story without explosives and histrionics and without falsifying history to glorify the Americans. It is based on the best-selling novel by Robert Harris whose previous work `Fatherland' suffered so badly when translated to the screen. Here he has a decent screenplay from Tom Stoppard, assured direction from Michael Apsted, and three fine performances by British actors.

Dougray Scott, in a very different role from his `Mission Impossible 2' outing, has lost weight to portray brilliant, but tortured, code-breaker Tom Jericho at Britain's war-time Bletchley Park; Kate Winslet put on weight (she was pregnant at the time) for a performance far removed from `Titantic' as the frumpy, but clever, Hester; and Jeremy Northam is excellent as the sardonic secret service agent Wigram who knows far more than he is prepared to reveal.


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