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Breaking the Code (1996)

A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Andrew Hodges (book), Hugh Whitemore (play)
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Derek Jacobi ... Alan Turing
Alun Armstrong ... Mick Ross
Blake Ritson ... Christopher Morcom
William Mannering William Mannering ... Young Alan Turing
Prunella Scales ... Sara Turing
Julian Kerridge Julian Kerridge ... Ron Miller
Harold Pinter ... John Smith
Richard Johnson ... Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox
Amanda Root ... Patricia 'Pat' Green
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A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal. Written by Will Gilbert

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Sir Derek Jacobi is just over six years younger than his screen mother played by Prunella Scales. See more »

Quotes

[giving friendly advice to Turing about his homosexuality which was regarded as illegal at the time]
Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox: I don't give a tuppenny damn whether you choose to go to bed with choirboys or cocker spaniels, but it would be wiser to keep your private life to yourself.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Far better than The Imitation Game
29 December 2018 | by mj_wardlawSee all my reviews

It all goes to show the power of Hollywoodification and some star glitz. I have just come here from submitting a review of Moore's "The Imitation Game", which I thought a fairly pathetic excuse of a historical drama, with some scenes at the level of adolescent petulance. Yet this movie currently enjoys an overall reviewer rating of 8.0, greater than the 7.3 provided by a mere 10 users to "Breaking the Code". Well let me set the record straight that Breaking the Code may have been "just" a TV movie, and it may not have had an all-star cast, and it may not have contained ludicrous histrionics obviously fabricated by a facile writer, and it may not have been pushed upon the world with the full power of Hollywood's promotional machine. But for all that, it is a far, far better drama. It portrays Turing credibly, it describes how Enigma was broken in a simplified, but sensible way, it shows with sensitivity the effect on Turing of prosecution for homosexuality. The Imitation Game has 719 user reviews, Breaking the Code has 11, including mine (shaking head with disgust).


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2 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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