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Codebreaker (2011)

The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

Directors:

Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey

Writer:

Craig Warner (dramatic reconstructions written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Stoppard ... Alan Turing
Henry Goodman ... Franz Greenbaum
Paul McGann ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Asa Briggs Asa Briggs ... Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Jean Valentine Jean Valentine ... Herself - WRNS and Bombe Operator, Bletchley Park
David Leavitt David Leavitt ... Himself - Alan Turing's Biographer
Rolf Noskwith Rolf Noskwith ... Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Dermot Turing Dermot Turing ... Himself - Alan Turing's Nephew
Christopher Morcom Christopher Morcom ... Himself - Christopher Morcom's Nephew (as Christopher Morcom QC)
Ian Stewart Ian Stewart ... Himself - University of Warwick (as Professor Ian Stewart)
Martin Davis Martin Davis ... Himself - Author, 'Engines of Logic' (as Professor Martin Davis)
Matt Parker ... Himself - Queen Mary, University of London (as Dr Matt Parker)
Steve Wozniak ... Himself - Co-Founder, Apple
Alma Whitten Alma Whitten ... Herself - Google (as Dr Alma Whitten)
Tony Sale Tony Sale ... Himself - National Museum of Computing
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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life, Turing visited a psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Greenbaum, who tried to help him. Each therapy session in this drama documentary is based on real events. The conversations between Turing and Greenbaum explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine the pressures that may have contributed to his early death. The film also includes the testimony of people who actually knew and remember Turing. Plus, this film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology and high science including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing's exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing's ideas. Written by Patrick Sammon

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Codebreaker See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Alan Turing: Fuck them. Fuck them sideways.
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Connections

Features Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marlene
Lyrics by Hans Leip
Music by Norbert Schultze
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar
6 February 2016 | by B24See all my reviews

After having found this obscure docudrama on Netflix I decided to look in at its various reviews on IMDb. My curiosity in the first place came from watching The Imitation Game from 2015 and wondering what else was out there on the subject of Alan Turing. I had read a good deal about him over the years but was unaware that there were several other biopics based on his life story.

Only a handful of reviews on this one, despite the popularity of others? I was intrigued. Ed Stoppard's credits on IMDb fail even to mention it. Was it really that insignificant, or a bad film?

Not at all. It is a fine piece of work, combining fact and fiction in an artful and satisfying way...an excellent accompaniment to The Imitation Game for anyone who found, as I did, the more recent Cumberbatch portrayal mysterious and vague. Codebreaker for all its faults in not going far enough into the science of computing does indeed reflect the real man and those who were integral participants in his life and tragedy. It pulls no punches. Although the role of the psychoanalyst is a throwaway gimmick, I cannot fault the Stoppard performance. It informs cold documentation very well indeed.

Nine out of ten marks without any hesitation.


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