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The Imitation Game -- 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.
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The Imitation Game -- English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
The Imitation Game -- During the darkest days of World War II, pioneer of modern-day computing Alan Turing and his team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, crack the Enigma Code, which significantly shortened the war and saved thousands of lives.
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Graham Moore (written by)
Andrew Hodges (book)
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The true enigma was the man who cracked the code See more »
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During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 53 wins & 138 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Alan Turing

Keira Knightley ... Joan Clarke

Matthew Goode ... Hugh Alexander

Rory Kinnear ... Detective Robert Nock

Allen Leech ... John Cairncross

Matthew Beard ... Peter Hilton

Charles Dance ... Commander Denniston

Mark Strong ... Stewart Menzies

James Northcote ... Jack Good

Tom Goodman-Hill ... Sergeant Staehl (as Tom Goodman Hill)

Steven Waddington ... Superintendent Smith

Ilan Goodman ... Keith Furman

Jack Tarlton ... Charles Richards

Alex Lawther ... Young Alan Turing

Jack Bannon ... Christopher Morcom

Tuppence Middleton ... Helen

Dominic Charman ... Sherborne Student 1

James G. Nunn ... Sherborne Student 2

Charlie Manton ... Sherborne Student 3
David Charkham ... Joan's Father

Victoria Wicks ... Joan's Mother

Andrew Havill ... Teacher
Laurence Kennedy ... Headmaster

Tim van Eyken ... MI6 Agent (as Tim Van Eyken)

Will Bowden ... Military Policeman
Miranda Bell ... Margaret
Tim Steed ... Electrical Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lee Asquith-Coe ... MI6 Agent (uncredited)

Hayley Joanne Bacon ... Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Lauren Beacham ... RAF Wren (uncredited)
Ingrid Benussi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nicholas Blatt ... Ministry Man (uncredited)

Carmen Coupeau Borras ... Detective Robert Nock's Secretary (uncredited)
Jack Brash ... Evacuee (uncredited)

Ancuta Breaban ... Wren (uncredited)
Heather Broderick ... Passerby (uncredited)

Peter Brown ... Navy Captain (uncredited)

Alex Corbet Burcher ... Dancer (uncredited)

Grace Calder ... Assistant Wren (uncredited)

Richard Campbell ... Crossword Man in Pub (uncredited)
Daniel Chapple ... MI6 Agent (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lisa Colquhoun ... Joan Clarke's Friend (uncredited)

Alexander Cooper ... Bletchley Park Agent (uncredited)
Chris Cowlin ... Military Police Officer (uncredited)
Leigh Dent ... Passerby (uncredited)

Esther Eden ... WW2 Wren (uncredited)

Sam Exley ... Military Policeman 3 (uncredited)

Ben Farrow ... Military Police (uncredited)
Mike Firth ... Crossword Enthusiast (uncredited)

Hannah Flynn ... Wren (uncredited)
Guna Gultniece ... Passerby (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leigh Holland ... M16 Agent (uncredited)

Luke Hope ... MI6 Exam Agent (uncredited)

Vera Horton ... Nunn (uncredited)

Ashley Hudson ... British soldier (uncredited)
Denis Khoroshko ... Civilian (uncredited)

Debra Leigh-Taylor ... Evacuee (uncredited)
Stuart Matthews ... Bletchley Park Operative (uncredited)
Amber-Rose May ... Joan Clarke's Friend (uncredited)
Samantha Moran ... Wren (uncredited)
Gina Morrish ... Evacuee (uncredited)
Adam Nowell ... Technician (uncredited)

Joseph Oliveira ... M16 Agent (uncredited)
Ryan Parker ... Young Guy on the Street (uncredited)
John Redman ... Young Officer (uncredited)
Adam Scown ... Crossword Soldier (uncredited)
Scott Stevenson ... Bletchley (uncredited)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mark Underwood ... Crossword Man (uncredited)
Nicola-Jayne Wells ... First Aid Nurse (uncredited)
Josh Wichard ... German Spy Plane Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Morten Tyldum 
 
Writing credits
Graham Moore (written by)

Andrew Hodges (book "Alan Turing: The Enigma")

Produced by
Nora Grossman .... producer
Peter Heslop .... co-producer
Graham Moore .... executive producer
Ido Ostrowsky .... producer
Teddy Schwarzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Oscar Faura  (as Óscar Faura)
 
Film Editing by
William Goldenberg 
 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
 
Art Direction by
Nick Dent (supervising art director)
Rebecca Milton 
Marco Anton Restivo 
 
Set Decoration by
Tatiana Macdonald 
 
Costume Design by
Sammy Sheldon  (as Sammy Sheldon Differ)
 
Makeup Department
Mary Cooke .... hair & make up daily
Gigi Dey .... hair and makeup junior
Jennifer Harty .... hair supervisor: crowd
Jennifer Harty .... makeup supervisor: crowd
Gemma Hoff .... crowd hair & make-up
Denise Kum .... hair stylist
Denise Kum .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Roo Maurice .... hair stylist
Roo Maurice .... makeup artist
Angie Mudge .... crowd hair: dailies
Adam James Phillips .... additional hairstylist
Adam James Phillips .... crowd hairdresser
Ivana Primorac .... hair & makeup designer
Jacqui Rathore .... crowd hair stylist
Amy Riley .... hair stylist
Amy Riley .... makeup artist
Laura Schalker .... crowd hair & make-up
 
Production Management
Chris Hankey .... unit manager
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
Suzie Shearer .... production manager
Verity Wislocki .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... first assistant director
Rory Broadfoot .... key floor runner
James Evered .... third assistant director: crowd, dailies
James Evered .... third assistant director: crowd, second unit
Alexander Holt .... second assistant director: crowd
Frederike Karsch .... trainee assistant director
James Manning .... second assistant director
Crispin Reece .... second unit director
Rickie-Lee Roberts .... third assistant director
Lance Roehrig .... first assistant director: second unit
Daisy Rooke .... second unit: assistant director
Clare Wood .... production assistant
 
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... construction manager
Nicky Ackland-Snow .... construction coordinator
Liz Ainley .... production buyer
Huw Arthur .... stand-by art director
Jon Bates .... stand-by props
Leah Beardmore .... art department assistant
Lauren Briggs-Miller .... assistant art director
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Chris Costello .... props
Callum Davison .... greensman
Steve Deane .... supervising carpenter (as Steve Dean)
Andy Dixon .... carpenter
Stephen Eels .... supervising carpenter
Andy Frewin .... carpenter
Steven Granger .... propmaker
Carmelo Grasso .... stand-by props
Andrew Guyett .... chargehand painter
Jeremy Hart .... prop maker
Josh Hartnett .... stand-by props
Martin Jago .... technical advisor/mechanical engineer: The Bombe
Eduardo Lima .... graphic designer
Charlie Malik .... props storeman
Simon Marsay .... dressing props: dailies
Katerina Michail .... art department assistant: dailies
Miraphora Mina .... graphic designer
George Nelmes .... dressing props: dailies
Clare Porritt .... set decorating assistant
Stuart Rankmore .... practical spark
Laura Savage .... set dresser
Jamie Shelley .... head of department painter
Mark Smith .... dressing propman
David Sutheran .... dressing props: dailies
Charis Theobald .... graphic designer
Nick Thomas .... property master
 
Sound Department
Justine Baker .... adr recordist
Joe Beal .... sound effects editor
Howard Bevan .... boom operator
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Philip Clements .... foley editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Charlotte Gray .... Sound assistant
Dan Green .... dialogue editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Stuart Hilliker .... sound re-recording mixer
James Hyde .... adr mixer
Ben Jeffes .... sound assistant: dailies
Martin Jensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Kennedy .... sound designer
Adam Lavis .... sound studio support
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Garrett Montgomery .... adr recordist
Juraj Mravec .... foley editor
Juraj Mravec .... foley recordist
Forbes Noonan .... adr mixer
Chris Pinkston .... adr mixer
James Ridgway .... adr recordist
James Ridgway .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Martin Seeley .... sound mixer: second unit
Mikaal Sulaiman .... sound designer: trailer
Catherine Thomas .... foley recordist
Lee Walpole .... sound designer
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Howard Moore .... special effects technician
Jason Troughton .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... visual effects producer
Gilberto Arpioni .... digital compositor
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau
Eran Barnea .... visual effects supervisor: Freestyle VFX
Angela Barson .... visual effects supervisor: BlueBolt
Stuart Bullen .... visual effects on-set supervisor: BlueBolt
James Cattell .... digital compositor
Cristiano Cesolari .... visual effects artist
Yannick Cibin .... 3d generalist: BlueBolt
Lee Dexter .... matchmover
Carlos Diego .... 3d generalist: BlueBolt
Ernest Dios .... digital compositor: the post republic
Finlay Duncan .... paint and roto artist: BlueBolt
Jack Dunn .... digital compositor
Victor Georgiev .... matte painter
Jan Guilfoyle .... visual effects production coordinator: BlueBolt
Robin Hinch .... vfx editor - blue-bolt
Martin Höhnle .... digital artist
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Tim Leydecker .... 3d artist
Rafael Morant .... art director: vfx / matte painting supervisor: bluebolt
Laura Pavone .... color assist
Ashley Retallack .... pipeline engineer: Bluebolt
Roni Rodrigues .... digital compositor: BlueBolt
Simon Rowe .... compositor: Bluebolt
Aurora Shannon .... visual effects colorist
Michael Strathearn .... lighting technical director: BlueBolt
James Sutton .... 3d artist: BlueBolt
Jean-Michel Boublil .... visual effects supervisor: The Post Republic (uncredited)
Hector Robles Fernandez .... effects artist: The Post Republic (uncredited)
Sebastian Hesselsjö .... roto prep artist: BlueBolt (uncredited)
Frank Jentner .... digital matte painting (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lloyd Bass .... stunt pedestrian
Levan Doran .... stunt performer
James Grogan .... additional stunt coordinator
James Grogan .... stunt performer
Ian Kay .... stunt double: Alex Lawther/Young Alan Turing
Derek Lea .... stunt coordinator
William Willoughby .... stunt double: Benedict Cumberbatch
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Battersby .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Samuel Beazley .... video assistant
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Dick Conway .... electrician
Nick Crew .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, dailies
Jack English .... still photographer
Darren Flindall .... rigger
Nick Ford .... camera trainee: dailies - uncredited
Kevin Foy .... grip: second unit
Emma Friend .... additional second assistant camera
Marc Gómez del Moral .... camera operator: "b" camera
Steven Hall .... cinematographer: second unit
Mikey Ray Harkins .... electrician: dailies
Gary Hutchings .... key grip
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator
Andy Laenen .... electrician
Christian Maguire .... crane technician
Rory Moles .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gary Parnham .... electrician
Maiya Rose .... second assistant camera: second unit
Will Rae Smith .... electrician
Simon Surtees .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Agnieszka Szeliga .... camera trainee
Peter Wignall .... steadicam operator
Nic Lawson .... b camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Lauren Evans .... casting assistant
George Moss .... extras casting director
Aaron Sampson .... casting camera operator
Robert Sterne .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitta Barko .... principal costumer (as Brigitta Barkó)
Sarah Dutton .... costume assistant
Jennifer Harty .... make up crowd supervisor
Ashwin Makan .... costume assistant
Penny McDonald .... costume assistant
Nadia Merabti .... costume assistant
Joanna Nicholls .... costume assistant
Josie Pledge .... costume cutter
Kate Walling .... costume assistant
Joanna Wright .... costume assistant
Nicole Young .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Collard .... digital intermediate producer
Dannah Collins .... color corrector
Aaron Coot .... dailies operator
Peter Dudgeon .... post-production assistant
Andrew S. Eisen .... film editor
Greg Fisher .... additional colourist
Kaitlin Menear .... post-production coordinator
John Quartel .... digital intermediate technologist
Robert Scammell .... hd dailies assistant
James Slattery .... dailies assistant
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate colorist
Justin Tillett .... Senior Digital Film Editor
Miles Anderson .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
J. Cody Baker .... additional color (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Romain Allender .... composer assistant
Romain Allender .... music programmer
David Arch .... musician: solo piano (as Dave Arch)
Jamie Ashton .... assistant engineer
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Jongnic Bontemps .... score programmer
Nicolas Charron .... orchestrator
Peter Clarke .... auricle operator
Peter Cobbin .... music recorded and mixed by
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Xavier Forcioli .... score coordinator
Richard Ford .... music editor: temp score
Toby Hulbert .... score recordist
Sylvain Morizet .... orchestrator
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
David Ayres .... minibus driver
Julian Chapman .... transportation captain
Jay Derham .... minibus driver
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Chris Popham .... unit driver
Tony Power .... construction driver
Jason Stedmon .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Hayley Joanne Bacon .... chaperone
Steven Baldwin .... production assistant
Steven Baldwin .... rushes runner
Jasmine Becker-Williams .... production assistant coordinator
Chris Besseling .... uk senior marketing manager for studiocanal
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer
Chris Brewer .... location assistant
David Broder .... supervising location manager
Jami Chan .... production coordinator
Emma Collinson .... assistant location manager
Matt Curtis .... titles designer
Sean Desmond .... security
Michael Dovey .... Film & Media travel services
Richard George .... location manager
Amanda Greenblatt .... creative executive: Black Bear Pictures
Michael Heimler .... coordinator (Black Bear Pictures)
Jonny Hodgetts .... floor runner: dailies
Jon Ingold .... consultant: mathematics
Joshua Jason .... publicity team
Charlotte Keep .... production secretary
Laura King .... assistant to producers
Jonathon Lawrence .... location assistant
Philip Lobban .... locations scout
Scarlett Mackmin .... choreographer
Sebastian Magiera .... assistant to the producers
Eleanor Marker .... post production assistant: Mr. Tyldum
Graeme McCormack .... police adviser
Matt McNally .... epk producer
Stephen G. Parker .... location scout
Emily Peacock .... assistant: Mr. Cumberbatch
Michelle Sellwood .... assistant: Mr. Tyldum
Sarah Shepherd .... dialect coach
Ben Stillman .... vice president: Black Bear Pictures
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Paul Tomlinson .... assistant location manager
Marcus Ward .... security: Ms. Knightley
Morag Webster .... unit nurse
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor
Matt Winter .... location scout: dailies
Giacomo Farci .... personal trainer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Simon Beresford .... the producers wish to thank
Josh Bosin .... the producers wish to thank
Ben Browning .... thanks
Iain Canning .... the producers wish to thank
Simon Cansdale .... the producers wish to thank (as Reverend Simon Cansdale)
Tom Drumm .... special thanks
Jerome Duboz .... special thanks
Laura Engel .... special thanks
Ron Halpern .... thanks
Elia Infascelli-Smith .... special thanks (as Elia Infascelli)
Kattie Kotok .... the producers wish to thank
David Kwong .... special thanks
Clint Mansell .... special thanks
Johnathan McClain .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Messinger .... the producers wish to thank
Danny Perkins .... special thanks
Danny Perkins .... thanks
Peter C. Sample .... the producers wish to thank
Roeg Sutherland .... the producers wish to thank
John Dermot Turing .... special thanks (as Sir John Dermot Turing)
Jack Whigham .... the producers wish to thank
Stephen Zager .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking
Runtime:
114 min
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Trivia:
Alexandre Desplat composed the score of the film in just two and a half weeks. He recorded and orchestrated the soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When young Alan is called into the Headmaster's office to be told news of his close classmate, it is after the holiday break. Yet the headmaster tells Alan that the math instructor had caught Alan and his friend passing notes "a few days ago." The note passing could not have happened a few days prior when the boys had been gone on holiday for at least a few weeks.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Alan Turing:Are you paying attention?
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Jive TimeSee more »

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How did Turing know the guy was a Russian spy from the bible?
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132 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
Hello Best Picture frontrunner. Consider me satisfied., 9 October 2014
Author: Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England

There is something appropriately mechanical about The Imitation Game. It has a theatrical rhythm and attention to detail that ticks like a clock. That's not to say that it's necessarily overly dry and hard to connect to, this biopic of the extraordinary and tragic mathematician and inventor of the digital computer, Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is emotionally engaging and utterly endearing. With a slick exquisite script and an eclectic ensemble strong enough to deliver, it's an accessible film that although may feel familiar, is thoroughly refreshing, bringing laughter, tears and thrills. It will undeniably be a huge contender at the big awards this season, perhaps going all the way.

Director Morten Tyldum's film follows Turing's journey to break the Enigma Code, the form in which the Germans communicated during WWII to conduct surprise attacks. He attempts it by building the first computer, a passion project of his that was frequently criticized for devoting so much Government time and money. He deals with a social ineptitude while also accepting his own homosexuality, which lead to unforgivable persecution and depression that caused Turing to take his own life. The film focuses on his life achievements rather than his demise, though it does explore that part of his life, if not illustrate it as much as it could have done.

It's easy to root for Turing, even if his arrogance and standoffishness repel the other characters. Benedict Cumberbatch is a real crowd pleaser here. I've only seen him in short supporting roles such as last year's August: Osage County and 12 Years A Slave and I'm certainly quite impressed, if not quite as astounded. There's a very rehearsed quality about his performance, similar to Anne Hathaway's Oscar winning turn in Les Miserables. Every stutter and nuance feels perfectly placed rather than organic. But this isn't necessarily a turn off, it fits the tone of the film. He could go all the way to the Oscar but it depends on buzz and the competition.

The highlight of the film is the writing by Graham Moore, adapted from Andrew Hodges novel 'Alan Turing: The Enigma.' It's not groundbreaking, but it has the right ingredients and the perfect recipe. Even if somehow it's the only film's nomination, it's still a frontrunner for the win in Adapted Screenplay. This will be a film known for 'ticking boxes,' but it does it in a way that all films should. It's economical without ever feeling like it's rushing or only scratching the surface. It constantly pummels the characters with adversity, presenting heart-wrenching moral dilemmas, particularly for Keira Knightley's Joan Clarke. It turns something complicated and bleak quite lighthearted, especially with the casual approach to war outside of moments of justified despair.

Knightley will certainly get awards attention for her fine supporting role as Turing's counterpart. Her role may not be as meaty, lacking the highs and lows Cumberbatch has, but she makes the most of her relative sparing use, becoming the heart of the film. Thanks to her, their relationship is completely believable, given that Turing is a man who struggles with connecting to people, and the way she manages the choices her character is set upon is dealt with deft conviction. Charles Dance, Mark Strong and especially Matthew Goode are commanding side presences who bolster the film's charm. The titular 'imitation game' is essentially the Replicant test from Blade Runner, something Turing has practiced on himself. However, all the characters are human here, if with a confidence you only find in the movies.

Instead of a linear structure, the film chooses flashbacks to flesh out the full story of Turing. It does seem a little extraneous to go back to school with him, but fortunately the focus of their objectives and the performances of the young actors make them worthwhile, as well as showing the origin of something that changed the world as we know it. The scale is further expanded with newsreel footage and scenes of the world at war, even if the special effects are relatively primitive compared to what can be achieved these days though that doesn't hold the film back as such. It's very easy to get suckered into films that convince you that you're watching one man change the world and The Imitation Game achieves that effortlessly.

Although it's dense in character and plot, The Imitation Game flashes more on the surface than it has to offer beneath. Kinetic energy in the editing brings an instant gratification, especially in the edge of your seat sequences. There are liberties with the tone for such a somber event and protagonist that most likely doesn't reflect the honest emotions involved, but obviously it's easier to digest for audience. I was unsure at first, but then it had me under its spell. This also may be Alexandre Desplat's best bet at finally winning an Oscar. It adds to that whimsical cinematic tone, almost reminiscent on his work on Harry Potter sans the magic. It will certainly be warmly embraced in the mainstream. The film is poignant, but not powerful. Entertaining, but not enlightening.

I'm content calling this the Best Picture frontrunner until further notice. The film feels like a combination of Argo, with the secrets and the camaraderie of the unit, and The King's Speech, with its Britishness and charming partnerships. It depends whether the Academy fall for the ambition of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar or the Chariots of Fire + The Bridge on the River Kwai formula of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. Either way, The Imitation Game will belong amongst the most deserving winners, but the test of time remains to be seen. It's not like it'll be alone in that group. Nevertheless, with Queen Elizabeth II's pardon for Turing last year, there's never been a better time to educate the masses on his legacy that we use everyday.

8/10

edit: guess it isn't. Oh well. Boyhood and Birdman are better anyway.

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