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. 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]
ISBN: 9786315856563
631585656X
Branch Call Number: DVD F IMI
Characteristics: video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
widescreen (2.39:1), 24 fps, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
4 3/4 in., rda

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librarylizzard Jul 08, 2015

I watched this movie knowing little about Turing's life and work. While a feature film is no substitute for actual research, I did come away with a desire to explore Alan Turing in the more strictly factual arena of books and biography.

The film itself was good, and kept me engaged and on the ... Read More »


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Nursebob
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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SandraLH
Nov 16, 2017

An amazing true, but also sad story set in Britain during the war, about Alan Turing who developed the machine that broke the Nazi code and saved millions of lives. His “turning” machine is seen as the beginning of what we know today as the computer. Excellent character portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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llane
Sep 16, 2017

Wonderful, interesting and honest !!!!!!!!!!

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RescueDog
Jun 23, 2017

I watched this movie only because I wanted to know more about Alan Turing. That goal was accomplished. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to geek out completely while watching this film. I appreciated the line in the director's commentary that said they made the movie for smart people.

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gingin1972
May 02, 2017

Good Movie!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 16, 2017

Based on a true story, mathematician Alan Turing is recruited to crack the Nazi Enigma code. He develops a machine that automatically sorts the code in order to solve it, allowing the process to be quick and efficient. This success causes Turing to be seen as a national hero, until years after the event, it is revealed that he is gay. Alan Turing is then sent to prison and his contributions are now ignored. This movie is heart wrenching, inspiring, and jaw dropping all at once. Through the help of his female counterpart played by Keira Knightley, Turing cracks the Enigma therefore preventing what would have been a huge disaster. 
- @Moviecritquer01 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This drama and thriller film is based on the real life story of Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer scientist. The story in this film takes place during World War Two. Alan is hired by the British government to decipher a unbreakable secret code used by the Nazi's communications machine, Enigma. I loved Alan's character because he wasn't afraid or ashamed to reveal his secrets, he imitated normal behavior but never managed to completely understand it. This is an amazing drama movie, if you are a fan of suspense and drama then I would definitely recommend this film to you, you will probably enjoy this movie as much as I did!
- @eto of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ScorchingSun
Mar 14, 2017

Engrossing, tension-filled look at a life and death game. Classic underdog rebel beating the odds and getting the girl, sort of.
Benedict Cumberbatch convincing as weirdo nerd genius. Keira Knightley only so-so.

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HIPKEN
Mar 13, 2017

Sad tale of a person ahead of his time. What creativity Alan had! A story of not giving up fighting forward through the system.

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firefly5
Feb 25, 2017

Wonderful movie. I have watched this film twice and it held my interest both times.

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VicWhy
Jan 15, 2017

This is more a story about 'Rainbows' than about decryption technology.

Important events such as the first Bomba's developed in 1938 by Polish Cipher Bureau cryptologist Marian Rejewski and colleagues Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki were ignored, as were the contributions of the vast staff of Bletchley Park and related organizations.

Turing's role was formidable, but only part of the secret intelligence war that produced 'Ultra'. This is not a war history film, it is an oversimplified biography of Turing, a much more complex individual than the one depicted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Nonetheless, Cumberbatch did a very credible performance despite the limitations of his script.

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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.
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.

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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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Mar 13, 2017

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