During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. 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 WWII Enigma machine.
“Part thriller, part tragedy, ‘The Imitation Game’ is a stirring biopic anchored by an exceptionally strong performance by Benedict Cumberbatch,” says Tim Irwin, Heartland Film’s artistic director. “Centered on the achievements and struggles of Alan Turing, the film shines a light on just how far our society has come in the areas of human rights and technology.”
An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. Directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness, and TV’s “Sherlock”), Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement, Oscar® nominee for Pride and Prejudice), Matthew Goode (Stoker, A Single Man), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Matthew Beard (An Education), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). In theaters everywhere Nov. 21, 2014.