The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

DVD - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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JCLPiepieB Mar 08, 2021

This is one of my absolute favorite movies. Benedict Cumberbatch gives a very moving performance as Alan Turing, mathematician and Bletchley Park codebreaker. From beginning to end this film is brilliant and beautiful, and I even love the score, as the music reminds you of an actual Enigma machine. Watch to the end to see the historical notes about Turing -- they're bittersweet.

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BigThom
Feb 02, 2021

This is an excellent movie based on true events (with a few liberties taken of course). In the end I wondered how I had not heard of any of this in any of my history classes. What a great movie. Prior reviews will give you the details, so I will just finish with “highly recommend”.

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mrbeowulf
Dec 29, 2020

The Enigma machine helped the German soldiers communicate strategic information in WWII.
Initially, this movie deals with Alan Turing decoding the German Enigma machine so hat Britain can win the war. The movie presented several ethical questions. Once the Enigma code was deciphered, the British government did not automatically act on the sensitive information. The British were afraid of revealing their new advantage to the Germans. Late in the movie, it was revealed that Alan Turing was gay. In order to conceal his true sexual identity, Turing become engaged to Joan. Turing worked hard to protect the British Empire and in return his own government condemned Turing of indecency acts. In the movie, their government agents make reference to the British indecency laws to persecute and arrest gay people. ****I think this movie will be great to show during June, Pride Month.

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Lebowski007
Aug 27, 2020

Wow. I didn't know any of this. Incredible.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 08, 2020

The Imitation Game is a phenomenal film! This biopic tells the story of Alan Turning, a British cryptanalyst who decoded the Nazi Enigma machine and helped end World War II. The movie switches between years seamlessly, tying everything together for one fantastic story. The actor who portrays young Turing, Alex Lawther (best known for James in the tv series “The End of the F***ing World”), did an amazing job conveying an adolescent crush and the grief of losing a friend. Kiera Knightly also did an extraordinary job portraying Joan Clarke, another codebreaker who helps Turing, though I may be biased because I love everything Kiera Knightly has ever been in. My only issues with this movie had to do with historical inaccuracies in regards to the portrayal of adult Turing by Benedict Cumberbatch. This film portrays Turing as cold and unlikable, despite historical accounts attesting to his kind and friendly nature. Aside from the inaccurate portrayal of Turing, The Imitation Game was an emotional, enjoyable film that I have rewatched many times. I would recommend this movie to history buffs and anyone looking for a touching movie that will affect them for the rest of their life. 4.9/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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mickie_4
Dec 13, 2019

Brilliant movie. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Including Best actor, best supporting actress and best score (Alexandre Desplat). I really liked the story. Alan went to bat for the rediculously intelligent woman who was pretty much in the same position he was, only she can't pretend to not be a female.

I let the DVD run on main menu just to hear the brilliant score (music major), similar to Something's Gotta Give, that same type of hypnotic music.

I thought this movie was also just gorgeous, cinematography-wise. Reminds me of the legendary female Vogue photographer who's always shooting in stunning blues, greys and greens. Annie Leibovitz, yeah. That's how this movie looks, like she consulted.

It can be a problem being the arty type. Very distracting, as it tends to be not just ONE type of art, but ANY ART, all the time. Can be very hypnotic (late all the time b/c of distractions) or just run-away annoying. An annoying voice (*cough* Fran Drescher) and it's hard to watch. Or Jaws with the fingernails down the blackboard...*shudders*

This is the complete opposite of any of that. Sad story for gay people, though...he certainly didn't deserve it.

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klimekk
May 25, 2019

Like with Jurassic Park - you have to know that this is simplification and not quite historically correct movie - so better check even on Wikipedia "The Imitation Game" to figure out what was different. It's plentiful of items.
From the other site - even so much things were wrong or inaccurate -it is very important movie , raising lots of important questions and this is why I still rate it high
It shouldn't have on the beginning message "Based on the true story", though
Wonder if this is screenplay or book which made fantasy.
But I understand that simplifications and made-up was done to set the valid questions
Still for anybody recommend to check what was wrong or not accurate

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richibi
Apr 07, 2019

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

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milirick
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.

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reginator_22
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

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2015

Commander: Now, it says here you were a bit of a prodigy in the maths department. 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.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2015

Best quotes posted in IMDb:

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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