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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Turing
... Joan Clarke
... Hugh Alexander
... Detective Robert Nock
... John Cairncross
... Peter Hilton
... Commander Denniston
... Stewart Menzies
... Jack Good
... Sergeant Staehl (as Tom Goodman Hill)
... Superintendent Smith
... Keith Furman
... Charles Richards
... Young Alan Turing
... 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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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25 December 2014 (USA)  »

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El código enigma  »

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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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There have been numerous articles and books written about the Enigma code breach. However, the role that the Polish cryptologists had played in it was often omitted in earlier works. An example of this was seen in 1974, when F. W. Winterbotham published a book titled "The Ultra Secret," where he claimed that the British were the first to break this cipher. The distinction actually belongs to the Poles, who accomplished that feat, albeit on an earlier version of the Enigma than the one used in WWII, in the 1930s. Their efforts, their transferral of the knowledge they had gained in the cracking, and the later efforts of Turing and the British, are for instance detailed in Simon Singh's "The Code Book" from 1999. Whereas Britain in pre-WWII times still used linguists to break codes, the Poles had understood that it was necessary to use mathematics to look for patterns. They had then taken a further step by building electro-mechanical machines to search for solutions (known as "bombas," perhaps because of the ticking noise they made). These devices simulated the workings of an Enigma machine, and enabled operators to search for the settings of the Enigma that had encoded the message, by cycling through one possible setting after another. This worked until the Germans increased the sophistication of the machine. See more »

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In the flashback scene where schoolboys Alan and Christopher first talk about codes, at the very start of the scene one of the boys in the background playing soccer can clearly be heard in Russian yelling "Davai, davai, blyad'!" ("Come on, come you, you bastard!"). See more »

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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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An Eminently Well-Made Biopic
4 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Brilliant adaptation of the story of Bletchley Park and the cryptanalysis team, ran by Alan Turing, that cracked the code of the German Enigma Machine during World War II. Featuring an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as war hero Turning and supporting acts from a brilliant cast including Keira Knightley, Charles Dance and Mark Strong, 'The Imitation Game' is a powerful and eminently well-made biopic that illuminates the facts whilst respecting the story it is based upon. The English-language debut of 'Headhunters' director Morten Tyldum, this British World War II thriller is a highly conventional story about humanity that creates a fascinating character, anchored by a hypnotically complex performance.


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