The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during the Second World War. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong also star. The screenplay topped the annual Black List for best unproduced Hollywood scripts in 2011. The Weinstein Company acquired the film for $7 million in February 2014, the highest amount ever paid for U.S. distribution rights at the European Film Market. It was released theatrically in the United States on 28 November 2014. The Imitation Game grossed over $233 million worldwide on a $14 million production budget, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2014. It received eight nominations at the 87th Academy Awards, winning for Best Adapted Screenplay, five nominations in the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and three nominations at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards. It also received nine BAFTA nominations and won the People's Choice Award at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival. The film was criticised by some for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events and Turing's character and relationships. However, the LGBT civil rights advocacy organization the Human Rights Campaign honoured it for bringing Turing's legacy to a wider audience.

Production: The Weinstein Company
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 46 wins & 155 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
73
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
PG-13
Year:
2014
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Joan Clarke:
Alan, what's happened?

Alan Turing:
[pause] We can't be engaged anymore. Your parents need to take you back. Find you a husband elsewhere.

Joan Clarke:
What's wrong with you?

Alan Turing:
I have something to tell you. I'm... I'm a homosexual.

Joan Clarke:
Alright.

Alan Turing:
No, no, men, Joan. Not women.

Joan Clarke:
So what?

Alan Turing:
I just told you...

Joan Clarke:
So what? I had my suspicions. I always did. But we're not like other people. We love each other in our own way, and we can have the life together that we want. You won't be the perfect husband? I can promise you I harboured no intention of being the perfect wife. I'll not be fixing your lamb all day, while you come home from the office, will I? I'll work. You'll work. And we'll have each other's company. We'll have each other's minds. Sounds like a better marriage than most. Because I care for you. And you care for me. And we understand one another more than anyone else ever has.

Alan Turing:
I don't.

Joan Clarke:
What?

Alan Turing:
Care for you. I never did. I just needed you to break Enigma. I've done that now, so you can go.

Joan Clarke:
[slaps him] I am not going anywhere. I have spent entirely too much of my life worried about what you think of me, or what my parents think of me, or what the boys in Hut 8 or the girls in Hut 3 think, and you know I am done. This work is the most important thing I will ever do. And no one will stop me. Least of all you. [pause] You know what? They were right. Peter. Hugh. John. You really are a monster.

[Alan, Hugh, Joan and Joan's friend, Helen, are having a conversation about workplace romance]

Hugh Alexander:
So who do you agree with? Alan or myself?

Helen:
Well, Alan, of course.

Alan Turing:
[stammering] I'm very flattered really, but I... I don't think that... [Joan kicks him under the table]

Hugh Alexander:
Rubbish.

Helen:
Well, I work beside a man every day, and I can't help but have developed a bit of a crush on him.

Hugh Alexander:
Well, who is this man? So I can kick his arse.

Helen:
Oh, there's no need to worry, it's been chaste. We've never even met. He's a German.

Hugh Alexander:
Now I really want to kill him.

[Helen chuckles]

Alan Turing:
Er... How... How do you mean you work alongside a German?

Helen:
Well, each of us intercepts messages from a specific German radio tower. So we have a counterpart on the other side, who's tip-tapping out the messages. Everyone types a touch differently, so you get to know the rhythm of your counterpart. It's strangely intimate. I feel as if I know him so well. It's a pity he has a girlfriend, but that's why I disagree with you, Mr. Alexander, because I'm in love with a coworker of sorts and we've never even met.

Hugh Alexander:
Well, allow me to buy you another pint and I'll tell you why you're wrong.

Helen:
Let's.

Hugh Alexander:
Excellent.

[They get up and head to the bar. As they order, Alan sits completely silently, in a daze - having come to a realisation]

Joan Clarke:
In case you were wondering, that's what flirting looks like.

Alan Turing:
[loudly] HELEN!!

Joan Clarke:
[slightly embarrassed, as his shout has drawn attention to them] Alan!

Helen:
Yes, Alan?

Alan Turing:
[gets up and faces her] Why do you think your German counterpart has a girlfriend?

Helen:
It's just a stupid joke. Don't worry about it.

Alan Turing:
No, no, no, no, no, tell me.

Helen:
Well, each of his messages begins with the same five letters. C-I-L-L-Y. So I suspect that Cilly must be the name of his amore.

[By this point, Joan, Peter Hilton and John Cairncross have begun to catch on]

Alan Turing:
But that's impossible. The Germans are instructed to use five random letters at the start of every message.

Helen:
Well, this bloke doesn't.

Hugh Alexander:
Love will make a man do strange things, I suppose.

Alan Turing:
In this case.... Love just lost Germany the whole bloody war!

[He rushes off, barging into Hugh and causing him to spill the pints he has just bought on Helen. John, Peter and Joan rush off after him and Hugh, realising what has happened, apologises and dashes off after them]

Hugh Alexander:
My God, you did it. You just defeated Nazism with a crossword puzzle.

John Cairncross:
There are five people in the world who know the position of every ship in the Atlantic. They are all in this room.

Joan Clarke:
Oh, good God.

Hugh Alexander:
Oh, I don't think even He has the power that we do right now.

Joan Clarke:
[getting closer to map] No. There's going to be an attack on a British passenger convoy. Right there.

John Cairncross:
God, you're right. Those U-boats are only twenty, thirty minutes away.

Joan Clark:
Civilians. Hundreds of them. We can save their lives.

John Cairncross:
And knock out a whole German fleet in the process.

Hugh Alexander:
I'll phone Denniston's office so that he can alert the Admiralty.

Alan Turing:
No.

Joan Clarke:
Do you think there's enough time to save them?

John Cairncross:
There should be. If we can get a message to that convoy—

Hugh Alexander:
[into phone] Commander Denniston's office please, it's urgent—

Alan Turing:
No, no! [grabs and hangs up phone]

Hugh Alexander:
What the hell are you doing?

Alan Turing:
You-you can't call Denniston. You-you can't tell him about the attack.

Hugh Alexander:
What are you talking about?

John Cairncross:
We can have air support over that convoy in ten minutes.

Alan Turing:
Let the U-boats sink the convoy.

John Cairncross:
Look, it's been a big day, maybe you're suffering from—

Alan Turing:
Oh, shut up—

Hugh Alexander:
[tries to grab phone back] We don't have time—

Alan Turing:
No!

[Alan smashes the phone on the ground. Hugh punches him in the face, knocking him down]

Joan Clarke:
Oh, Hugh! Hugh! Stop! That's enough!

John Cairncross:
Stop, Hugh!

Peter Hilton:
John, the attack is in minutes.

Joan Clarke:
[rushes to Alan's side] Are you all right?

Alan Turing:
Yes, no, I'm fine, I'm fine. I'm fine. [to Hugh] Do you know why people like violence, Hugh? It's because it feels good. Sometimes we can't do what feels good. We have to do what is logical.

John Cairncross:
What's logical?

Alan Turing:
The hardest time to lie is when the other person is expecting to be lied to.

Joan Clarke:
[getting it] Oh, God.

John Cairncross:
What?

Alan Turing:
If someone's waiting for a lie, you can't just, uh, give them one.

Joan Clarke:
Damn it, Alan's right.

Peter Hilton:
What?

Alan Turing:
What would the Germans think if we destroy their U-boats?

Peter Hilton:
Nothing. They'll be dead.

John Cairncross:
No. No, you can't be right.

Alan Turing:
So our convoy suddenly veers off course... a squadron of our air bombers miraculously descends on the coordinates of the U-boats... what will the Germans think?

Hugh Alexander:
The Germans will know that we have broken Enigma.

Joan Clarke:
They'll stop all radio communications by midday, and they'll have changed the design of Enigma by the weekend.

Hugh Alexander:
Yes.

Alan Turing:
Two years' work. Everything we've done here will all be for nothing.

John Cairncross:
There are 500 people in that convoy. Women. Children. We're about to let them die.

Alan Turing:
Our job isn't to save one passenger convoy, it is to win the war.

Hugh Alexander:
Our job was to crack Enigma.

Alan Turing:
Oh, we've done that. Now for the hard part. Keeping it a secret.

Peter Hilton:
Carlisle.

Joan Clarke:
What?

Peter Hilton:
[points to the map] The convoy you're about to... it's, uh... The HMS Carlisle is one of the ships. We can't act on every piece of intelligence? So fine, we won't. Just this one.

Joan Clarke:
Peter, what's the matter with you?

Peter:
My brother's... well, he's on the Carlisle. A gunnery ensign.

Alan Turing:
I'm... I'm so sorry.

Peter Hilton:
Who the hell do you think you are? This is my brother. He's my big brother, alright, and you have a few minutes to call off his murder.

Alan Turing:
We can't.

John Cairncross:
He's right.

Peter Hilton:
Alan. Joan. Hugh. John. Please, I... the Germans, they won't get suspicious just because we stopped one attack. No one will know. I'm asking you. As your friend. Please.

Alan Turing:
I'm so sorry.

Peter Hilton:
You're not God, Alan. You don't get to decide who lives and who dies.

Alan Turing:
Yes, we do.

Peter Hilton:
Why?

Alan Turing:
Because no one else can.

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