24 Lesser Known Facts About The Imitation Game. Unlock The Secret, Win The War.


This 2014 American historical drama film is loosely based on the biography of the mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Below you'll find some interesting facts about this brilliant movie, enjoy!

1/24. Alan Turing is shown running on various occasions and although never mentioned in the movie, he was a world class distance runner with a personal marathon time of 2:46:03, achieved in 1946.

2/24. Benedict Cumberbatch confessed that in one of the final scenes of the film, he couldn't stop crying and had a breakdown. It was, as he said, "Being an actor or a person that had grown incredibly fond of the character and thinking what he had suffered and how that had affected him."

3/24. Winston Churchill stated that the Bletchley Park codebreakers made the single greatest contribution in Britain's war effort.

4/24. On 27 November 2014, ahead of the film's US release, The New York Times reprinted the original 1942 crossword puzzle from The Daily Telegraph used in recruiting code breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II. Entrants who solve the puzzle can mail in their results for a chance to win a trip for two to London and a tour of the famous Bletchley Park facilities.

5/24. In an interview with USA Today, Benedict 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."

6/24. Alex Lawther, who plays the young Turing, and Benedict Cumberbatch have each worn dentures in the film which were exact copies of Alan Turing's own 60-year old set of false teeth.

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