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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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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Imitation Game 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

At the interrogatory scene, Turing describes the famous "Turing Test". In the original illustrative example, a human judge engages in natural language conversations with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. The conversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine's ability to render words into audio. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The test does not check the ability to give the correct answer to questions; it checks how closely each answer resembles the answer a human would give. The test was introduced by Alan Turing in his 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence," which he asks, "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?" This question, Turing believed, is one that can actually be answered. More than 50 years later, no computer could pass the test. See more »

Goofs

One of the closing captions says of Ultra that "It remained a Government-held secret for more than 50 years". The first book in English on the subject was published in 1974 ("The Ultra Secret" by F W Winterbotham) and "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges, on which the film is based, came out in 1983. 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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Performed by Tony Liberto
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The Turing Test
15 November 2014 | by paulatyeoSee all my reviews

Alan Turing, Mathematician, Logician, Wartime Codebreaker and father of Computer Science. A great British Hero. A great hero in the fight against prejudice.

This film tackles themes of prejudice against the feminine, against homosexuality and more generally against anyone who is different. How? By simply pointing out, using the example of Alan Turing and his colossal achievements, that it takes someone different to do something amazing.

And an amazing story it is, packaged in a beautifully tight screenplay without a wasted scene, that keeps the audience fully engaged throughout. All the cast are on top form, in orbit around a stellar performance by Benedict Cumberbatch that layers humour, complexity, sexuality and the palpable frustration of a brilliant mind not quite able to communicate with his fellow humans.

A film that depicts a man who perhaps fails the test he invented, that is now named after him. The Turing Test. Can he fool you that he is a real human being and not a super intelligent machine? The stress of playing that Imitation Game is set into every micro twitch of the central character.

Should you go see it? No special effects. No interstellar spaceships. Why not wait for the download?

Go see it! Because otherwise you would be missing the chance to see a most remarkable film, performed to perfection. A film about a story that matters, about events that changed history and simply about a man without whom you might not even be able to read this review on your Turing machine.


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