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The Imitation Game (2014)

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During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

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Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Written by Studio Canal

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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25 December 2014 (USA)  »

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El código enigma  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$479,352 (USA) (28 November 2014)

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$91,121,452 (USA) (8 May 2015)
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Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch appeared together in Fields of Gold (2002). See more »

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Alan Turing's team calls him out, saying they are the only ones who have been making anything progress. His team mentions that they used letter frequency analysis, to break some of the transmissions. However, letter frequency analysis is an attack that works well on substitution ciphers, but wouldn't have worked well on the Enigma. Letter frequency analysis works by analysis the frequency of letters in a language, as well as the frequency of letters in a cipher text. You then replace the cipher text letters with the corresponding language letter as ranked by frequency. If the newly generated plaintext is not fully decrypted, a person can usually find the errors easily. This attack would not work well on the Enigma, as it was not a simple substitution cipher. The rotors would click forward one position for each letter entered. Therefore, the key was, in part, based on the position of the letter in the plaintext. Typing the same letter consecutively would return a different cipher letter for each iteration of the letter, because the key for letter n is related to letter n-1. See more »

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Alan Turing: Are you paying attention? Good. If you're not listening carefully you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. If you think that because you're sitting where you are and I am sitting where I am that you are in control of what is about to happen, you 're mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you do not know.
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An instant classic
8 October 2014 | by (Cheshire, UK) – See all my reviews

A movie which oozes Britishness from every frame, The Imitation Game is an instant classic. Wartime Britain is depicted vividly, if a little caricatured, with an autumnal palette and a jaunty air.

A true story, sympathetically told, with good performances all round and a stand-out Turing from the indefatigable Mr Cumberbatch. The young Turing is also extremely well realised by Alex Lawther.

Meandering through Alan Turing's life since school until shortly before his death, the script demands your attention and regularly makes you smile.

Highly recommended.


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