The Imitation Game (2014)

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  • IMDb page: The Imitation Game (2014)
  • Rate: 8.5/10 total 2,401 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Thriller | War
  • Release Date: 28 November 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 114 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Director: Morten Tyldum
  • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Gay | Logician | Mathematician | U Boat | World War Two

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Andrew Hodges  book "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
  • Graham Moore  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • In an interview with USA Today, Cumberbatch said of Turing’s Royal Pardon, “The only person who should be pardoning anybody is him (Turing). Hopefully, the film will bring to the fore what an extraordinary human being he was and how appalling (his treatment by the government was). It’s a really shameful, disgraceful part of our history.” 67 of 68 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • In an interview for GQ, Matthew Goode stated that the film focuses on “Turing’s life and how as a nation we celebrated him as being a hero by chemically castrating him because he was gay.” 33 of 33 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The film’s screenplay topped the annual Black List for best un-produced Hollywood scripts of 2011. 64 of 67 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Winston Churchill considered that Alan Turing contributed more than any individual to winning the war. 26 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The Weinstein Company acquired the film for a record-breaking $7 million, the highest ever amount paid for US distribution rights at the European Film Market. 32 of 33 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Cumberbatch confessed that in one of the final scenes of the film he couldn’t stop shaking and crying and had a breakdown due to his attachment and affection to his character. 30 of 31 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated to star. 58 of 66 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Principal photography finished on November 11, 2013 which coincided with Remembrance Day. 12 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The movie goes on General Release in the UK on November 14th 2014. Coventry was blitzed by the Luftwaffe on November 14th 1940. This blitz had been discovered by the Bletchley Park code breakers but no action was taken to stop it because the British were worried that such action would disclose the fact that the Enigma code had been broken. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Mark Strong appeared as Lord Blackwood opposite Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (2009), Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes in the t.v series Sherlock (2010). 9 of 37 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Factual errors: The second line of rotors on the 'bombe' that Turing builds turn through more than 1/26th of a revolution for every full rotation of the rotors above them. Logically the rotors should turn only 1/26th of a revolution, as they should only advancing one letter at a time.

Plot: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. Full summary » |  »

Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Written byStudio Canal

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Produced By:

  • Nora Grossman known as producer
  • Peter Heslop known as co-producer
  • Graham Moore known as executive producer
  • Ido Ostrowsky known as producer
  • Teddy Schwarzman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch known as Alan Turing
  • Keira Knightley known as Joan Clarke
  • Matthew Goode known as Hugh Alexander
  • Mark Strong known as Stewart Menzies
  • Charles Dance known as Commander Denniston
  • Allen Leech known as John Cairncross
  • Tuppence Middleton known as Helen
  • Rory Kinnear known as Nock
  • Steven Waddington known as Supt Smith
  • Tom Goodman-Hill known as Sergeant Staehl
  • Matthew Beard known as Peter Hilton
  • Hayley Joanne Bacon known as Woman in Crowd
  • Hannah Flynn known as WREN
  • Grace Calder known as Assistant Wren
  • Ancuta Breaban known as Wren
  • James Northcote known as Jack Good
  • Victoria Wicks known as Joan's Mother
  • Bartosz Wandrykow known as Crossword Enthusiast
  • Alex Lawther known as Young Turing
  • Will Bowden known as Military Policeman
  • Luke Hope known as MI6 Agent
  • Esther Eden known as WW2 Wren
  • Jack Bannon known as Christopher Morcom
  • Joseph Oliveira known as M16 Agent
  • Alexander Cooper known as Bletchley Park Agent (rumored)
  • Lisa Colquhoun known as Joan Clarke's Friend
  • Lee Asquith-Coe known as MI6 Agent
  • Richard Campbell known as Crossword Man in Pub
  • Jack Tarlton known as Charles Richards
  • Nicola-Jayne Wells known as First Aid Nurse
  • Alex Corbet Burcher known as Dancer
  • Guna Gultniece known as Passerby
  • Charlie Manton known as Bully
  • Stuart Matthews known as Bletchley Park Operative
  • Sam Exley known as Military Policeman
  • Ben Farrow known as Military Police
  • Peter Brown known as Navy captain
  • David G. Robinson known as Police Sergeant White
  • Ilan Goodman known as Keith Furman
  • Lauren Beacham known as RAF Wren
  • Denis Khoroshko known as Civilian
  • Dominic Charman known as Bully (rumored)
  • John Redman known as Young Officer
  • Oscar Hatton known as Evacuee
  • David Charkham known as Joan's Father
  • Laurence Kennedy known as Headmaster
  • Leigh Dent known as Passerby
  • Josh Wichard known as German Spy Plane Pilot
  • Adam Nowell known as Technician
  • James G. Nunn known as Bully
  • James Gard known as School boy
  • Amber-Rose May known as Joan Clarke's Friend
  • Alice Tapfield known as Wren
  • Jack Brash known as Evacuee
  • Mike Firth known as Crossword enthusiast
  • Samantha Moran known as Wren
  • Ingrid Benussi known as Dancer
  • Nicholas Blatt known as Ministry Man
  • Vincent Idearson known as MI6 Agent
  • Daniel Chapple known as MI6 Agent
  • Harry Leonard Parkinson known as Evacuee
  • Benjamin Hardie known as Paperboy
  • Heather Broderick known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Chris Cowlin known as Military Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Debra Leigh-Taylor known as Evacuee (uncredited)
  • Ryan Parker known as Young Guy on the Street (uncredited)
  • Scott Stevenson known as Bletchley (uncredited)

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  • Mary Cooke known as hair & make up daily
  • Jennifer Harty known as makeup supervisor: crowd
  • Denise Kum known as makeup & hair artist: Charles Dance
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Roo Maurice known as key makeup artist
  • Adam James Phillips known as additional hairstylist
  • Adam James Phillips known as crowd hairdresser
  • Ivana Primorac known as hair & makeup designer
  • Amy Riley known as make-up and hair: Mr. Cumberbatch

Art Department:

  • Dominic Ackland-Snow known as construction manager
  • Nicky Ackland-Snow known as construction coordinator
  • Liz Ainley known as production buyer
  • Huw Arthur known as standby art director
  • Jon Bates known as stand-by props
  • Lauren Briggs-Miller known as assistant art director
  • Chris Costello known as props
  • Steven Granger known as propmaker
  • Jeremy Hart known as prop maker
  • Josh Hartnett known as stand by props
  • Eduardo Lima known as graphic designer
  • Charlie Malik known as props storeman
  • Simon Marsay known as dressing props: dailies
  • George Nelmes known as dressing prop daily
  • Clare Porritt known as Set Decorating Assistant
  • Stuart Rankmore known as practical spark
  • Laura Savage known as dressing prop daily
  • Jamie Shelley known as hod painter
  • Mark Smith known as dressing propman
  • David Sutheran known as daily dressing props
  • Charis Theobald known as graphic designer
  • Nick Thomas known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Black Bear Pictures
  • Bristol Automotive

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Company 3  post-production facilities
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Mad Dog Casting  extras casting
  • PMA Production  Electronic Press Kit Production
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by

Additional Details


  • CDE Videa (2015) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Diamond Films (2015) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Elevation Pictures (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Paradiso Entertainment (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2015) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Ster-Kinekor Pictures (2015) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2015) (France) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Aqua Entertainment Group (2015) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2015) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2015) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • GAGA (2014) (Japan) (all media)
  • Lev Cinemas (2015) (Israel) (all media)
  • Lusomundo (2015) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Pinema (2015) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Spentzos Films (2015) (Greece) (all media)
  • Square One Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (all media)
  • Sun Distribution (2015) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2015) (Norway) (all media)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2015) (Sweden) (all media)
  • TriPictures (2015) (Spain) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • BlueBolt

Visual Effects by:

  • Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor known as visual effects producer
  • Gilberto Arpioni known as digital compositor
  • Eran Barnea known as visual effects supervisor: Freestyle VFX
  • Angela Barson known as visual effects supervisor: BlueBolt
  • Stuart Bullen known as visual effects supervisor/on set supervisor: BlueBolt
  • Cristiano Cesolari known as visual effects artist
  • Yannick Cibin known as 3d generalist: BlueBolt
  • Ernest Dios known as digital compositor: the post republic
  • Finlay Duncan known as paint & roto artist: BlueBolt
  • Jack Dunn known as digital compositor
  • Jan Guilfoyle known as visual effects production coordinator: BlueBolt
  • Sebastian Hesselsjö known as roto/prep artist (BlueBolt)
  • Frank Jentner known as matte painter
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Tim Leydecker known as 3d artist
  • Laura Pavone known as colour assist
  • Roni Rodrigues known as digital compositor: BlueBolt
  • Aurora Shannon known as colourist: visual effects
  • Michael Strathearn known as lighting td: BlueBolt
  • James Sutton known as 3d artist: BlueBolt
  • Jean-Michel Boublil known as vfx supervisor: The Post Republic (uncredited)
  • Hector Robles Fernandez known as fx artist: The Post Republic (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking


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