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Codebreaker: The Alan Turing Story

HD   Unrated

Clare Beavan

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About the Film

The remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people, Alan Turing. 100 years after his birth, we rediscover the man and the mystery. Codebreaker: The Alan Turing Story recounts this maverick British genius, who played a crucial part in the founding of three new fields of science, as well as breaking the Nazis' Enigma code during World War II. Historians credit his code breaking with helping to shorten the war by two years and saving millions of lives. As the founding father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing envisioned our digital world long before anyone else. Turing’s visionary brilliance was overshadowed by his conviction for 'gross indecency' with another man in 1952. He was forced to undergo chemical castration to 'change' his sexual orientation. In despair, Turing committed suicide in 1954. He was only 41 years old. This award-winning drama documentary uses emotional and engaging reconstructions to bring Turing to life in intricate detail and high colour. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy.

Customer Reviews

Great Documentary

I enjoyed this documentary immensely—particularly after seeing Imitation Game—which I also thought was very well done. The synchronization of the audio and video was extremely off, however, and I found this very distracting. Definitely well worth seeing, though.


A very good film , a man treated very badly by those who did not appreciate his contribution to ending the war by two years by his genius.
Those who survived the war should be thankful.
Dennis Hall


This is much better than the more recent Imitation Game. While that film seemed carefully constructed to be an Oscar contender (not too much of the gay stuff in case it frightens the American public), this is an altogether more brutal, honest and raw account of Turing's tragedy.

Codebreaker: The Alan Turing Story
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  • £4.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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