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The Imitation Game (2014)

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During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

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Morten Tyldum

Writers:

Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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. Written by Studio Canal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Behind every code is an enigma See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El código enigma See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$479,352, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,125,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,774,226
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Goode and Alan Leech in this movie play co-workers working with Alan Turing. They also appear in Downton Abbey together as well. In Downton Abbey they play brothers in law (married to sisters) See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Turing is explaining the importance of coded German radio messages, there is a brief scene of a hand tapping out a message in code on a Morse key. The method shown is not how a Morse key is used. Rather than using the forefinger alone, where the finger only touches the knob of the key on the down-stroke, the forefinger should never leave the knob at all. The thumb and the middle finger should hold the knob lower down. Thus the thumb and two fingers hold the knob permanently with the key operated by the action of the whole fist, not just by one finger. Also, the gap between the key contacts is far too large. This slows down the maximum speed at which messages can be sent. During wartime, messages would have been fast and short in order to reduce the chance of their being intercepted by the opposing side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alan Turing: Are you paying attention? Good. If you're not listening carefully you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. If you think that because you're sitting where you are and I am sitting where I am that you are in control of what is about to happen, you 're mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you do not know.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.6 (2015) See more »

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Eddie's Boogie
Written and Performed by Ed Palermo (as Eddie Palermo)
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Production Music
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An instant classic
8 October 2014 | by HoverDonkeySee all my reviews

A movie which oozes Britishness from every frame, The Imitation Game is an instant classic. Wartime Britain is depicted vividly, if a little caricatured, with an autumnal palette and a jaunty air.

A true story, sympathetically told, with good performances all round and a stand-out Turing from the indefatigable Mr Cumberbatch. The young Turing is also extremely well realised by Alex Lawther.

Meandering through Alan Turing's life since school until shortly before his death, the script demands your attention and regularly makes you smile.

Highly recommended.


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