Codebreaker (2011)

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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franz Greenbaum
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Asa Briggs ...
Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Jean Valentine ...
Herself - WRNS and Bombe Operator, Bletchley Park
David Leavitt ...
Himself - Alan Turing's Biographer
Rolf Noskwith ...
Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Dermot Turing ...
Himself - Alan Turing's Nephew
Christopher Morcom ...
Himself - Christopher Morcom's Nephew (as Christopher Morcom QC)
Ian Stewart ...
Himself - University of Warwick (as Professor Ian Stewart)
Martin Davis ...
Himself - Author, 'Engines of Logic' (as Professor Martin Davis)
Matt Parker ...
Himself - Queen Mary, University of London (as Dr Matt Parker)
Himself - Co-Founder, Apple
Alma Whitten ...
Herself - Google (as Dr Alma Whitten)
Tony Sale ...
Himself - National Museum of Computing


The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life, Turing visited a psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Greenbaum, who tried to help him. Each therapy session in this drama documentary is based on real events. The conversations between Turing and Greenbaum explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine the pressures that may have contributed to his early death. The film also includes the testimony of people who actually knew and remember Turing. Plus, this film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology and high science including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing's exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing's ideas. Written by Patrick Sammon

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Codebreaker  »

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Alan Turing: I think if you find a person like that; And I don't think everybody does find one; In fact I think it's terribly rare; Then all you thought before; All your plans for yourself; You realize they were just filling a gap; They were just something for you to do while you were waiting for this person. And everything you want to be is something for him not yourself. There is a drawback, however; Finding such a person makes everybody else appear so ordinary. And if anything happens to him, you've got ...
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Light on science...
17 November 2014 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

heavy on social indoctrination....

The main reason I tried to watch this film was to learn about Turing's professional accomplishments. Instead, I had to endure for more than 70% of the running time the victimization of Turing.

The guy was a homosexual, and because of it, it seems, it has reached sainthood...

The more interesting questions were never answered: Why was he a genius? How did he decode the enigma machine? Why is he so important for computers and computer sciences?

Did learn anything from it? No, I was only reminded many, many times that Turing was gay...

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