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Born: July 19, 1976
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Born: June 23, 1912
Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, England, UK
Death: June 7, 1954, Wilmslow, Cheshire, England (suicide by poison)
Hampshire, England, UK
Young Alan Turing
Born: March 26, 1985
Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
Born: June 24, 1917
Birthplace: West Norwood, London, UK
Death: September 4, 1996, Headington, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Born: April 3, 1978
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
Born: April 19, 1909
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Death: February 15, 1974, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Born: October 10, 1946
Redditch, Worcestershire, England, UK
Commander Alastair Denniston
Born: December 1, 1881
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland, UK
Death: January 1, 1961, Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England, UK
Born: August 5, 1963
London, England, UK
Born: January 30, 1890
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Death: May 29, 1968, London, England, UK
Born: May 18, 1981
Killiney, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Born: July 25, 1913
Birthplace: Lesmahagow, Scotland, UK
Death: October 8, 1995, Herefordshire, UK (stroke)
Born: March 25, 1989
London, England, UK
Born: April 7, 1923
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Death: November 6, 2010, Binghamton, New York, USA
Born: October 10, 1987
London, England, UK
Irving John (Jack) Good
Born: December 9, 1916
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Death: April 5, 2009, Radford, Virginia, USA (natural causes)
No. "Detective Nock is a fake name - he was named after my old roommate," says screenwriter Graham Moore. "He gives us another perspective ... we can see how a normal person, not a bad person, could end up doing this horrible thing to Alan. We didn't want to create this story of Alan being a sad character that bad things happened to, so we decided to show his final years through the perspective of this fictional detective. ... Nock is not a bad person, not an evil person. The terrible thing that happened to Turing was not his fault and was deeply unfair and the injustice of that is something we all have to reckon with." Robert Nock is the only character in the movie with a fake name. -Tumblr (imitationgamemovie)
Yes. The Imitation Game true story confirms that on March 31, 1952, British authorities put Alan Turing on trial for indecency because he had homosexual relations with a 19-year-old man named Arnold Murray, twenty years his junior. Homosexuality was a crime in Great Britain in the early 1950s, falling under gross indecency in Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. To avoid jail time for his indecency conviction, Turing underwent chemical castration in the form of a year's worth of estrogen (stilboestrol) injections designed to reduce his libido. In addition to rendering him impotent, another side effect of the hormone therapy was that Turing developed gynaecomastia, or an enlarged chest (breasts). On June 7, 1954, approximately a year after his hormone treatments ended, Turing killed himself by eating an apple that he had likely injected with cyanide. We say "likely" because the apple was never tested for cyanide, though it was speculated that this was the delivery method. -Alan Turing: The Enigma
The general public became familiar with the name Alan Turing after learning of his indecency conviction and suicide. It would be years before they learned that he was also largely responsible for outsmarting the Nazis. -Tumblr (imitationgamemovie)
Yes. The real Alan Turing met Christopher Morcom at Sherborne School, the boys' school in Dorset, England, which Alan attended as a teenager. The two became good friends, sharing an interest in math and chemistry (not codes and ciphers). Morcom, who was a year older, did die suddenly of bovine tuberculosis, which he had contracted as a small boy from drinking infected cows' milk. However, the headmaster did not coldly tell Turing of Morcom's February 13, 1930 death after Morcom had already passed away. In real life, 'Ben' Davis, the junior housemaster, had sent Turing a note earlier that day and told him to prepare for the worst. Turing also did not pretend that he had barely known Morcom. In real life, Turing's friends and family knew that he was devastated, and he even became close to Morcom's family after his passing. -Alan Turing: The Enigma
No. Unlike the movie, Alan Turing didn't come up with the design for the improved Bombe machine on his own. Gordon Welchman, a mathematician who is not mentioned in the film, collaborated with Turing. -Alan Turing: The Enigma
For the most part, yes. However, the real codebreaking machine, the Bombe, was housed in a Bakelite box. Production designer Maria Djurkovic and her team researched the working replica that is on display at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, England. "Our version of the machine had to look convincing," says Djurkovic. She and director Morten Tyldum decided to reveal the machine's inner workings. They also added more red cables to give the audience the feeling that blood was pumping through its veins. -Tumblr (imitationgamemovie)
No. The real Joan Clarke's introduction to Turing's team at Bletchley Park was less exciting than Keira Knightley's character's experience in the movie. In real life, Joan Clarke was already employed at Bletchley Park performing clerical duties. She had been recruited by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC & CS). A former math wiz at Cambridge, her mathematical talents were again noticed at Bletchley, and she was promoted to work with the group in Hut 8, led by Alan Turing. Andrew Hodges' biography also states that Joan Clarke had actually already met Alan Turing previously at Cambridge.
No. Our research into The Imitation Game true story exposed the fact that although John Cairncross did work at Bletchley Park and admitted to being a Soviet spy in 1951, he did not work as part of Alan Turing's group. "Their relationship is invented," says author Andrew Hodges. It is unlikely that they ever even had contact with one another, since communication between sections at Bletchley was very limited. In the movie, after Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) discovers that John Cairncross (Allen Leech) is a Soviet spy, Cairncross blackmails Turing by threatening to reveal his sexuality. -The Sunday Times
Yes, but the movie's account of how the group decided which decoded messages to pass along to British forces is fictional. In the film, Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team crack Enigma but hold off on telling their superiors for fear that the Germans will become suspicious and change the code. After they decide against passing along intercepted information about an impending attack on a British convoy, Turing goes to Stewart Menzies (Mark Strong) and together they come up with a system for deciding which cracked messages should be passed along to the British Army, Navy and RAF.
In reality, it was Menzies duty to come up with a method for deciding what percentage of gathered intelligence should be passed along. -The Telegraph
No. Andrew Hodges' biography states that Alan wrote to Joan and told her that he had been found out, but there is no mention of Joan coming to visit Alan. At the time of his letter, Joan was engaged to be married, as Keira Knightley's character is when she visits Alan (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the movie.
On June 7, 1954, roughly a year after he underwent "chemical castration" (estrogen injections) as a way of avoiding prison time for his indecency conviction, Alan Turning ingested an apple that he had likely laced with cyanide (it is speculated that the half-eaten apple was the delivery method, though it was never tested). Biographer Andrew Hodges suggested that he was re-enacting a scene from the 1937 Walt Disney movie Snow White, his favorite fairy tale. The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum did film the suicide scene, but it did not make the final cut of the film. In real life, Turing's housekeeper found him dead in his bed, with the half-eaten apple next to him on his bedside table (BBC News).
"We never wanted to see him commit suicide on screen," says Graham Moore, the film's screenwriter. "This film was about paying attention to Alan Turing's tremendous life and his amazing accomplishments. It felt to us more ethical and more responsible to focus on his life and his accomplishments than the nitty-gritty of his suicide." -Tumblr (imitationgamemovie)
No. This is just an urban legend. Apple has denied any correlation. -Empire Magazine
The only scenes that were actually shot at the real Bletchley Park (located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England) took place at the bar. This includes Turing's eureka moment, the engagement party scene, and his confession to John Cairncross about being gay. Other parts of the movie were filmed at Alan Turing's childhood school, where his picture is still on the wall (Tumblr - imitationgamemovie). Members of the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) first visited Bletchley Park in 1938 and returned in 1939 to set up their operation. The park has since been converted into a museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1993 (BletchleyPark.org.uk).
Expand your knowledge of The Imitation Game true story by watching a Joan Clarke interview where she talks about her engagement to Alan Turing and his homosexuality. Then watch a short Turing biography that includes an explanation of the Nazi Enigma machine and Turing's Bombe machine. Finally, look for the secret web link in one of The Imitation Game teaser trailers.
WATCHJoan Clarke on Alan Turing's Homosexuality and Their Engagement
Portrayed by Keira Knightley in The
Imitation Game movie, the real Joan
Clarke discusses her engagement to Alan
Turing and learning of his homosexuality.
Despite Turing's interest in Clarke, she
says that their relationship was not very
physical. Jack Good comments that, other
than Joan Clarke, the rest of the group
likely didn't know until after World War
II that Turing was homosexual.
WATCHAlan Turing Biography and Codebreaking the Enigma Machine
This short Alan Turing biography video
from Cambridge University offers an
overview of Turing's life, including his
work at Bletchley Park to crack the Nazi's
Enigma machine. The science behind both
the Enigma machine and Turing's Bombe
machine is explained.
WATCHThe Imitation Game Trailer
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing,
the British mathematician, cryptologist,
logician, and computer scientist who was a
key component in cracking Germany's Enigma
code, which helped the Allies win WWII.
Some historians believe that cracking the
code shaved up to two years off of the
fighting between Germany and the Allied
forces. The movie is based on the book Alan Turing: The
Enigma by Andrew Hodges.