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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Behind every code is an enigma See more »

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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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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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This is the screenwriting debut of Graham Moore. He had wanted to write a film about Alan Turing since he was 14 as he considers himself a "sort of computer science geek" who used to go to space and programming camps. See more »


The movie implies Turing and Christopher Morcom shared a mutual attraction. However, in his writings, Turing indicated Morcom "hated me showing" his feelings toward him, and Turing's affections went unrequited. See more »


[first lines]
Alan Turing: Are you paying attention?
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Puke Drummer (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 best British movie I've saw in a long time!
21 October 2014 | by (Washington, Tyne and Wear) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie at a screening. I have to admit, I went into this movie not knowing anything about Alan Turing and Enigma, but I love movies based on true events; especially those about the history of our country.

Despite not knowing anything about Mr. Turing or the events of his life, as soon as I left the movie theater, I went home and looked him up and spent the next few hours learning of his life, everything he did for this country and the invention of what we now call 'the computer'.

I want to start by saying that Benedict Cumberbatch in this movie is outstanding. He plays Alan Turing perfectly; his accent, his movements and just the way he plays the character on screen is beautiful. I can honestly say that this is the performance of his career!

The movie focuses on different aspects of his life: it shows him and his team trying to break Enigma, it shows Young Turing during his time at boarding school, and the events after the war.

There's a quote at the beginning of the movie: "are you paying attention?". Throughout the movie, that's what I did. It's all that I could do because the story and the acting kept my eyes glued to the screen and I couldn't take them away. It's emotional, it's exciting and it is truly heartbreaking in some moments. It was a very comedic movie, too. There were some scenes that had me in fits of laughter and that's what makes it a beautiful script; despite the movie being based on the darkest days of World War 2, they added comedy into it which brought the movie alive.

I remember getting home and after researching Alan's life, I wanted to go back to the cinema and watch the movie again. It's rarely that happens to me but when this comes out in November, I will be straight to the cinema and purchasing a ticket to watch it.

I've heard reviewers mentioning that this film doesn't focus enough on Turing's homosexuality. Now, be that as it may, it focus' enough on the subject. Remember: this movie is about his mind, about the man himself. He was a genius!

This is the best British movie that I've saw in a long time, and it's probably one of the best movies that I've ever had the pleasure of watching, period.

I would recommend going to watch this movie when it comes out because it will take you into the world of Mr. Turing and the struggles and successes he made in his short life.

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