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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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spy | suspicion | nazi | u boat | code breaking | See more »

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A thousand million, billion+ possibilities - 24 hours to get it right, and when you eventually do, it gets changed again... See more »


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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$4,298,329 (USA) (22 November 2002)
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Trivia

Thomas Jericho is loosely based on real-life mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing (1912-1954). See more »

Goofs

When Hester takes the enigma machine out of the car and into her flat she does not take the box with the battery. The battery is not seen in subsequent shots. The battery was needed to use the machine. See more »

Quotes

Jozef 'Puck' Pukowski: Tell me, are we hoping for the U-Boats to find our convoy?
Pinker: Of course not.
Baxter: I am.
[receives stares]
Pinker: You c-c-can't mean that!
Baxter: What? Sacrifice a convoy to get back into Shark? Of course I would. How many men has Stalin had to sacrifice so far? A million? Two million? It's called "the greater good."
Cave: Spoken like someone who isn't in the middle of the North Atlantic at this moment.
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References The Spy in Black (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Bottom
(1926)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Bud Desylva Harms Inc
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited, Redwood Music Limited, Stephen Ballentine Publishing Company,
Henderson Music
Performed by Howard Lannin & His Orchestra
Licensed by kind permission of BMG Entertainment International (UK & Ireland) 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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