During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire, has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace. In investigating Claire's personal life, the pair discovers personal and international betrayals.Written by
Kate Winslet came under criticism from some of the surviving women who served at Bletchley Park during the war because of her dowdy clothes and appearance. The women insisted that even though the country was at war and rationing was the order of the day, they always dressed as best as they could and always maintained a refined appearance. Winslet's only comment about this criticism was that she had no input on how her character looked; that was all down to costume designer Shirley Russell. See more »
The steam locomotive number plate in some earlier scenes reads 63601 which is the British railways number from 1948 onwards. Later the first 6 is mysteriously removed leaving 3601 which is accurate for that period - based on the BR number it would be a LNER (ex GCR) class O4 built 1911. See more »
I like numbers, because with numbers, truth and beauty are the same thing.
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Written by Hal Halifax (as Hal Hallifax)
Published by Geraldo
From the CD Hitz Of The Blitz
Licensed Courtesy of Flapper Records See more »
Should be seen if only because it presents a great deal of finely done workaday detail of the most closely guarded secret of WWII. The breaking of the German military codes by the world's first electronic computer was probably the single most important advantage of the Allies in the war. There is the overlay of a suspenseful enough spy tale, but the main thrill is to see a recreation of the legendary super secret country estate, Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and other highly gifted young mathematicians and scientists gave the decisive blow to Nazi Germany. Tom Stoppard's script does a neat job of simplifying the complexities and putting forth a sense of the atmosphere of exhausting hard work and fate which must have constantly hung in the air.
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