Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Imitation Game

2014 British/American Feature

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong and Alex Lawther
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

During World War II, brilliant (and closeted) British mathematician Alan Turing joins a team of code breakers at a top secret facility to try to decipher the code of the German Enigma machine.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 92%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Production Design, Original Score and Film Editing.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Film, British Film, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design, Editing and Sound.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Picture, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Adapted Screenplay, Score and Acting Ensemble.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for Film of the Year, Film Performance (Cumberbatch) and LGBT Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Picture - Drama, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Screenplay and Original Score.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year (Lawther).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley) and Cast.
  • USC Scripter Award.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • Andrew Hodges' 1992 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma was also the basis for a stage play and the 1996 television movie Breaking the Code starring Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing.
  • The English-language debut of Norwegian director Morten Tyldum and the feature film debut of screenwriter Graham Moore.
  • Casting Call: Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Potential Directors: Ron Howard and David Yates.
  • Alan Turing and Benedict Cumberbatch are actually related. According to the family history site Ancestry.com, the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century.
  • The Human Rights Campaign, an American LGBT civil rights advocacy and political lobbying organization, honored The Imitation Game for "bringing Alan Turing's legacy to a wider audience".
  • Convicted in 1952 for homosexuality (still criminalized at the time), Alan Turing opted to receive chemical castration in lieu of prison. He committed suicide two years later. In 2009, after a massive internet campaign, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made on official apology to the Turing family and the LGBT community for the British government's treatment of Turing. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a posthumous pardon. Due to The Imitation Game another campaign was launched in 2015 to pardon the other 49,000 gay people convicted under the same law that led to Turing's arrest.
  • Despite its near-universal acclaim and awards, The Imitation Game was criticized for its portrayal of certain historical events and its depiction of Alan Turing, specifically the purported downplaying of his homosexuality.
  • The highest-grossing independent film of 2014.

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  • In addition to Breaking the Code, Alan Turing is the subject of the 2011 made for TV biopic Codebreaker.

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