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The Imitation Game

In recent years British mathematician Alan Turing has been recognized as a heroic figure in World War II; leading a small cell of cryptographers, he invented a primitive computer that enabled the Allies to crack Nazi Germany's impenetrable Enigma code, which may have shortened the war by as much as four years. Long before this became public knowledge, however, Turing was prosecuted for homosexual activity and subjected to estrogen treatments; his death in 1954 was ruled a suicide. This watchable biopic focuses on the Enigma project, mining drama from the gravity of the Nazi threat and laughs from the egghead hero’s arch egotism and social ineptitude. Turing's secret sex life is given the "tasteful" treatment, which allows the filmmakers to have their cake and eat it too (the injustice of his sentence is milked for moral outrage, but he's never shown onscreen with a male lover). Morten Tyldum directed; with Benedict Cumberbatch (as Turing), Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, and Mark Strong.



  • Morten Tyldum


  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Keira Knightley
  • Matthew Goode
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Allen Leech
  • Matthew Beard
  • Charles Dance
  • Mark Strong
  • Alex Lawther


  • Nora Grossman
  • Ido Ostrowsky
  • Teddy Schwarzman
  • Graham Moore

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