Nov 8-12, 2018

The Imitation Game

Starring Keira Knightley

Run Time: 113 Minutes UK Language: English


Benedict Cumberbatch delights as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist, and computer scientist. 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, helping the Allies win World War II. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts, deemed illegal in the UK at the time.

In December of 2011, Graham Moore’s screenplay for The Imitation Game placed first on the legendary “Black List” — Hollywood executives’ ranking of the most-liked, yet still unproduced screenplays. Black Bear Pictures optioned the script and brought in Morten Tyldum, the acclaimed Norwegian director of the BAFTA award-winning film Headhunters. Tyldum was inspired by the lead character’s outsider status: “Turing faced a great injustice, but never compromised his ideals. And the world is better because of his bravery.”

According to Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter: “Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma — tellingly modulated — and naturalistic array of eccentricities, Sherlockian talent at indicating a mind never at rest, and knack for simultaneously portraying physical oddness and attractiveness combine to create an entirely credible portrait of genius at work.”

Film Details

Director: Morten Tyldum
Screenwriters: Graham Moore, based on Andrew Hodges’ book, Alan Turing: The Enigma
Cinematographer: Oscar Faura
Editor: William Goldenberg
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech
Running Time: 113 minutes

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