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The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Thriller  |  25 December 2014 (USA)
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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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The true enigma was the man who cracked the code See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El código enigma  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$91,121,452 (USA) (8 May 2015)

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In season two episode one of Sherlock (BBC) Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, tells another character about "Coventry" saying that "In the second world war the Allies knew that Coventry was going to get bombed because they'd broken the German code but they didn't want the Germans to know they'd broken the code so they let it happen anyway." Cumberbatch would later go on to play Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped to break the code, in this film. See more »


When Joan slaps Alan after he breaks off their engagement, she has a brown shoulder-bag/handbag. In the next shot, when she is walking away upset, the bag is missing. See more »


[first lines]
Alan Turing: Are you paying attention?
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Featured in Film 2015: Episode #44.6 (2015) See more »


Written by Alexander Norris, Stuart Hart, Scott Lean
Performed by Tony Liberto
Courtesy of Selectracks, Inc/BMG Chrysalis
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The Turing Test
15 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Alan Turing, Mathematician, Logician, Wartime Codebreaker and father of Computer Science. A great British Hero. A great hero in the fight against prejudice.

This film tackles themes of prejudice against the feminine, against homosexuality and more generally against anyone who is different. How? By simply pointing out, using the example of Alan Turing and his colossal achievements, that it takes someone different to do something amazing.

And an amazing story it is, packaged in a beautifully tight screenplay without a wasted scene, that keeps the audience fully engaged throughout. All the cast are on top form, in orbit around a stellar performance by Benedict Cumberbatch that layers humour, complexity, sexuality and the palpable frustration of a brilliant mind not quite able to communicate with his fellow humans.

A film that depicts a man who perhaps fails the test he invented, that is now named after him. The Turing Test. Can he fool you that he is a real human being and not a super intelligent machine? The stress of playing that Imitation Game is set into every micro twitch of the central character.

Should you go see it? No special effects. No interstellar spaceships. Why not wait for the download?

Go see it! Because otherwise you would be missing the chance to see a most remarkable film, performed to perfection. A film about a story that matters, about events that changed history and simply about a man without whom you might not even be able to read this review on your Turing machine.

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