The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

DVD - 2015
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MPAA Rating: PG-13; for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of "gross indecency," an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, "The Imitation Game" a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2015].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
widescreen (2.39:1),24 fps
video file,DVD video,Region 1


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2015 Oscar Winner, Best Adapted Screenplay

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Apr 07, 2019

a sometimes overwrought account of an extraordinary, however complex, man

Aug 03, 2018

One of the most heartbreaking films made about a mathematician who was instrumental to defeating the Nazi war machine and was the father of modern computers. A well acted and brilliant movie.

DPLjosie Jun 18, 2018

What a powerful, moving, informative, necessary movie. The actors were amazing, and the story was quite heartbreaking.

Apr 23, 2018

Wow, that was AMAZING! Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley where phenomenal. Very exciting and educational at the same time since Alan Turing is a real person during world war 2. These were not one of those boring cheesy biographical films, it was done with thought, great acting, directing and music. Fantastic

Feb 05, 2018

I'm usually not a fan of biographical dramas but this one was great! Had to turn on the subtitles:). Was not very familiar with the story before watching - apparently not historically accurate but what Hollywood movie is? Good acting, casting, use of flashbacks etc.

Jan 30, 2018

Any good movie is bound to look great these days because the norm is so abysmal. Certainly this is a personal peak for Benedict Cumberbatch, who normally gets raves by simply scowling, looking intense.
It is a fascinating story, but one with an underplayed ending. It's thought he committed suicide due to his conviction for the hideous crime of being homosexual. His country treated him shamefully.
The jumps from WWII to early 50's (cracking enigma to post-war police persecution) could confuse if you didn't know the story before watching the movie.
There was a scene at the end where Turing supposedly tells his spy boss that he'll use statistical analysis to figure out exactly how much to act on their new information without triggering german suspicions. Uh pardon? *Any* additional evasions would be, by definition, more than existed before cracking the code, would show in german data analysis, except ones so infrequent and minor that they'd have been not worth bothering with! ?

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

This movie was both inspirational and heartbreaking. Definitely a must watch!

Jan 23, 2018

Great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch!

Dec 18, 2017

An excellent movie, The ImitationGame. unveiling government stupidity toward a war hero who developed the modern computer as we know it today. And Turings expertise in mathematice decoded all German messages to save 12 million lives & have the war end two years sooner. This is a true storey. I give it a four.

Nov 30, 2017

Despite some historical inaccuracies Morten Tyldum’s biopic of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who helped win WWII while also laying the groundwork for the study of artificial intelligence, remains a moving testimony not only to the man himself but to the vicious homophobia which was so ingrained in British law for centuries. Told mainly in flashback as an incarcerated Turing confesses all to a police inspector, Tyldum’s film moves back and forth through time from Turing’s childhood crush on a fellow classmate in the 1920’s until shortly before his death in the early 50’s. Cumberbatch gives one of his most intense performances playing the complicated genius: a man obsessed with analyzing everything around him, devoid of any sense of humour, and quite possibly an undiagnosed case of Asperger’s Syndrome. Knightley adds a touch of nascent feminism as a woman whose brilliance is overshadowed by her lipstick and unmarried status, and Alex Lawther has you reaching for the kleenex playing the young, painfully withdrawn Alan whose first taste of boyhood love ends in tragedy. With the classified military documents referring to Turing’s codebreaking team sealed for decades, his contribution to the war effort (and his unconscionable conviction of “gross indecency” afterwards) wasn’t fully appreciated until recently prompting Elizabeth herself to grant him a posthumous royal pardon in 2013.

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Jan 23, 2018

Alan Turing: Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow.

britprincess1ajax Apr 12, 2016

"I know it's not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?"

PimaLib_AmyM May 06, 2015

"If you can't find the right answer, first you identify all the wrong ones". -Joan Clarke

Apr 16, 2015

Commander: Now, it says here you were a bit of a prodigy in the maths department.
Commander: And how old were you when you published this paper that has a title I can barely understand?
Turing: Uh, 23.
Commander: And you don't think that qualifies you as a certified prodigy?
Turing: Well, Newton discovered binomial theorem aged 22. Einstein wrote four papers that changed the world
by the age of 26. As far as I can tell, I've...I've barely made par.

Apr 16, 2015

From IMDb:

Commander Denniston: Well, you realize that six hundred miles away from London there's this nasty little chap called Hitler who wants to engulf Europe in tyranny.
Alan Turing: Politics isn't really my area of expertise.

Joan Clarke: No one normal could have done that. Do you know, this morning... I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn't exist if it wasn't for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn't for you. I read up on my work... a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. [pause] Now, if you wish you could have been normal... I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren't.

Apr 16, 2015

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Final quotes: His machine was never perfected, though it generated a whole field of research into what became known as "Turing Machines". Today we call them "computers".

Alan Turing: When people talk to each other, they never say what they mean. [pause] They say something else and you're expected to just know what they mean.

Alan Turing: I like solving problems, Commander. And Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world.

Commander Denniston: Enigma isn't difficult, it's impossible. The Americans, the Russians, the French, the Germans, everyone thinks Enigma is unbreakable.
Turing: Good. Let me try and we'll know for sure, won't we?

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.


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