The Imitation Game
This article is about the 2014 film. For the 1980 television play by Ian McEwan, see The Imitation Game (play).
The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code during the Second World War and was later prosecuted for homosexuality.
The film's screenplay topped the annual Black List for best unproduced Hollywood scripts in 2011. The Weinstein Companyacquired the film for $7 million in February 2014, the highest amount ever paid for US distribution rights at the European Film Market. It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 14 November and the United States on 28 November.
The Imitation Game was a commercial and critical success. By March 2015, it had grossed over $191 million worldwide against a $14 million production budget, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2014. It was nominated in eight categories at the87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Tyldum), Best Actor (Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actress(Keira Knightley). It won Moore an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It garnered five nominations in the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and was nominated in three categories at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It also received nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.
The LGBT civil rights advocacy and political lobbying organisation the Human Rights Campaign honoured The Imitation Game for bringing Turing's legacy to a wider audience. However, the film was criticised for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events and Turing's character and relationships.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
- Alex Lawther as young Turing
- Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke
- Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander
- Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies
- Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston
- Allen Leech as John Cairncross
- Matthew Beard as Peter Hilton
- Rory Kinnear as Detective Nock
- Jack Bannon as Christopher Morcom
- David Charkham as William Kemp Lowther
- ClarkeTuppence Middleton as HelenJames
Northcote as Jack GoodSteven Waddington as Supt Smith
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