Contributed Benedict Cumberbatch plays Second World War scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Mathematician, statistician and early computer scientist Alan Turing was a British war hero, but no one knew until years later because no one was supposed to know.
Under the cloak of secrecy at Bletchley Hall, the U.K.’s cypher and spy school, he invented the electromagnetic machine. It was an early computer that broke the German Enigma code and intercepted military messages, assuring an Allied victory.
When Turing’s work was finally revealed, Sir Winston Churchill called it “the greatest single contribution to the Allied victory over the Nazis.”     
Turing may have saved millions of lives and shortened the war by two to four years, but he was arrested for being gay, a crime in the U.K. until 1967, and was forced into chemical castration. It led to his early death in 1952.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the tragic hero in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, with Matthew Goode and Allen Leech as his Bletchley Park colleagues. They hope to bring Turing’s heroism to a new generation...
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