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: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC IMI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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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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Electronbare
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

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jeffi22
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.

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callig
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! ?

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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.
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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