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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 <>

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

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Release Date:

7 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enigma - Das Geheimnis  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£796,776 (UK) (28 September 2001)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When he's tapping on the desk with a pencil, Tom is spelling out "Claire" in Morse code. See more »


Near the end of the film, when the submarine explodes, our hero is nearby in the water. Unfortunately, water transmits waves exceptionally well. Anyone in the water for at least a square mile would be immediately killed from the shock. See more »


Tom Jericho: That makes me feel really stupid.
Hester Wallace: You're not the one with the Kestrel intercepts stuffed down your knickers.
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References Notorious (1946) See more »


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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,
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Performed by Howard Lannin & His Orchestra
Licensed by kind permission of BMG Entertainment International (UK & Ireland) Limited
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Not a war movie for the masses
10 April 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

'Enigma' is the kind of war movie that may not be loved by many people, mostly because there isn't much of action to be seen in it. At least, not the kind of action they would like to see: no heroically fighting soldiers, no breathtaking dogfights between the RAF and the Luftwaffe... But people like me, who are deeply interested in every aspect of the Second World War and who can appreciate a good story, certainly will love it.

It's March 1943 and the crypto-analysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered that the German U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. At first the English were able to read all their messages, but now they are back where they first started ... nowhere. Their only hope is the brilliant young man named Tom Jericho, who was able to crack the first code and who'll now have to do the same with the new one. In the meantime Tom's girlfriend Claire has disappeared and at the same time it is believed that there is a spy in the ranks of the code-breakers. When looking for his lost girlfriend and investigating her personal life, he uncovers some personal and international betrayals...

However it is clear that the main story of this movie is fictional, the entire movie is certainly interesting to watch. I mean, I have never had the chance to see how this enigma machines really worked, so I really appreciated the fact that it was shown so well in this movie. What I also liked in this movie was the love story that certainly wasn't too corny or overwhelming. It was an interesting part of the story that never bothered me, it just made the movie even better.

As I already said, this may not be the kind of war movie for the masses, but I liked it and that's why I give it at least a 7.5/10, perhaps even an 8/10.

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