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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

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Taglines:

The true enigma was the man who cracked the code 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 | UK

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

This movie was first released in cinemas predominantly in both 2014 and 2015, with the latter year featuring a number of other spy, espionage, intelligence, and secret agent movies, a couple of them also comedies. The movies include: Spy (2015), a Bond spoof, Spectre (2015), Sicario (2015), an FBI film, which has a title that is almost an anagram of Ian Fleming's "Risico" (1960), a James Bond short-story barring the letter "A", Survivor (2015), Black Mass (2015), another FBI film, Mortdecai (2015), which has an MI5 agent lead character, Queen of the Desert (2015), whose central character was a WWI attaché to the British Secret Service, the Bondian Furious 7 (2015), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Bridge of Spies (2015), a Cold War espionage thriller, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), in which Ian Fleming was an original co-creator of, MI-5 (2015), and even Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), a Bondesque homage which was a 2014 film but was mostly widely theatrically released in 2015 and also featured Mark Strong. Also in theaters in 2015 from 2014 was The November Man (2014) and this film. First released in 2014 were 3 Days to Kill (2014) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), which also starred Keira Knightley. See more »

Goofs

While the group is trying to decipher the daily Enigma code, the wall clock strikes midnight setting off an alarm. In frustration, Hugh throws all of the days work to the floor because the German military change the Enigma code daily at midnight rendering the work useless. Although Berlin is 1 hour ahead of London, in Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bletchley Park historian Dr Joel Greenberg states that midnight for the code change was Greenwich Mean Time. 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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Connections

Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #49.1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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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