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The Oxford Murders (2008)

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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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(screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia), (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricachevarria) | 1 more credit »
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Martin, a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Seldom. The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's but in this house a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth. At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna, a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night Seldom and Martin who find themselves at Mrs. Eagletons's discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the police. Soon afterwards they decide to lead their own private investigation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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2 July 2010 (USA)  »

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Los crímenes de Oxford  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,191 (USA) (6 August 2010)

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$3,607 (USA) (13 August 2010)
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During the initial introduction between Martin (Elijah Wood) and Mrs. Eagleton (Anna Massey), they speak about her replica of the German Enigma cipher machine. Mrs. Eagleton states everything was done manually to break the Enigma messages. Mrs. Eagleton states "there were no computers in those days (World War II)" and "calculations were done by hand." Actually, the British, working in Bletchley Park, did build a computer called Colossus by January 1944. Colossus was constructed with up to 2,400 vacuum tubes and programmers used approx. 1" wide paper tape to store programming. By the end of the war, Bletchley Park was using 10 Colossus computers to break various German cipher machines, including Enigma. See more »

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(at around 1h 17 mins) After Prof. Wilkes finishes his presentation of his solution to Bormat's Last Theorem, the writing on the blackboard behind him changes. See more »

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Arthur Seldom: I hope my failure has at least taught you something.
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References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

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Orchestral Suite nº1 in C Major, BMW 1006:1 Overture
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Felix Prohaska and Vienna State Opera Orchestra
©2003 Vanguard Classics
Courtesy of Vanguard Classics
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Interesting film of Alex de la Iglesia, for lovers of mathematics and intrigue.
8 February 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The story begins when an American student discovers the lifeless body of his landlady, a woman who in her youth had been part of the team that cracked the Enigma code in World War II. Shortly thereafter, a professor of logic at Oxford receives a note warning that this is the first in a series of murders. Thus, the student and teacher together decide to investigate the case, using mathematical codes to find the pattern that follows this mass murderer. It is based on the book "Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez

The story has major gaps and forced and improbable situations, with a clumsy police and puzzles in the style of the television series "Batman" of the years 60.

Elijah Wood and Leonor Watling boast some interpretations rather limited, especially in contrast to John Hurt, to overreact even achieved quite acceptable performance.

The film is interesting firstly because it is well told, by Alex de la Iglesia showing once again be a big movie buff (notice the magnificent sequence shot above the discovery of the first body) and, especially, because the film deals with issues related to philosophy and mathematics very interesting, giving it a very important value to the story.

The golden ratio, chaos theory, the Tractatus Logicus Filosoficus Ludwig Wittgenstein, coding theory, numerical series, fractal geometry, Fermat's conjecture and its proof by Andrew Wiles in Cambridge, the Uncertainty Principle Heisenberg, the Liar Paradox, the Gödel Incompleteness Theorem ... Anyone familiar with these concepts, you will love the film. Is very noticeable that the author knows what he speaks.


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