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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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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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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kód feltörése See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.6:1
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Trivia

Herbert Wise had previously directed Derek Jacobi in 'I, Claudius', where Jacobi also played a character with a stutter. 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 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Terrific biopic of a creative genius.
24 January 2001 | by drc51-2See all my reviews

Although excellent drama in its own right, with stellar acting and directing, the film is also one of the few insightful portrayals of creative genius. The film gets it all right, from depictions of Turing's precocious (yet difficult) boyhood, to accounts of the actual creative process. This is a must see film.


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