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6.41 h 58 min2002X-Ray15
March 1943 and the heroic code breakers at Bletchley Park face their worst nightmare when Nazi U Boats unexpectedly change their communication codes, placing an allied ship with 10,000 passengers in lethal danger. A classic espionage thriller from acclaimed Oscar Winning playwright Tom Stoppard, starring Oscar Winner Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Tom Hollander.
Michael Apted
Kate WinsletDougray ScottTom Hollander
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4.4 out of 5 stars

631 global ratings

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MercuryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alan Turing is erased from history and replaced
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This film is a tragedy and utterly disgusting. It erases Alan Turing, who we know was the mind behind breaking the Enigma code. Here's he's replaced by a heterosexual character, which is just whitewashing a heroic, brilliant mind and man from the history - because it was too troublesome to the writer or director to include the horrific story of Turing's homosexuality and the way he was coerced into chemical castration and later killed himself? This is just horrific. It should be taken down from Amazon immediately.
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Gullible TravellerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Implausible clap-trap
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I had heard of, but never saw this film at the cinema. With such a stellar cast I thought it would be an excellent thriller, but how wrong was I! The ending, where Dougray Scott (a supposedly depressed and sick man) drives at break-neck speed from Buckinghamshire to Scotland, only for Jeremy Northam to already be there "keeping an eye on the spy", was absolutely ludicrous. I expected more from Michael Acted, but I might as well have been watching a re-run of The 39 Steps with Robert Donat. At least I would have been entertained. What a pity, and what a waste of money.
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A. W. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
ENIGMA DVD from Miramax
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Not sure why I haven't written a review of this film before. I have viewed the DVD now 3 times since 2013, and I still find it hard going, but worth while. It does require concentration as the plot is pretty complicated ( and a bit hard to swallow in places), but the acting/casting is great and fun, except perhaps for Dougray Scott, who really looks as if he was on another planet. I must have enjoyed it to see it 3 times!! The DVD is excellent quality, with good picture, sound and subtitles. I won't describe the plot except to say the Bletcley Park sequences are really gripping, and the whole film, while it may indeed play fast and loose with the facts, is still a fascinating watch. Recomended
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A. J. BristowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good in Parts
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This film of Robert Harris' superb wartime thriller set in Bletchley Park differs significantly in several respects from the book. Dougray Scott's Tom Jericho is a good deal more athletic than the character in the novel and as a big star Kate Winslet is given far greater prominent than Hester on the page. For me, the film's ending at a Scottish loch lacked conviction. On the other hand, Jeremy Northam is wonderfully menacing as the urbane secret agent Wigram and I liked the ending which has Tom and Hester married after the war and expecting their first child (presumably Winslet was pregnant at time of filming?), something that is only vaguely hinted at in the book. Overall verdict: not a bad adaptation which holds attention and encourages viewers to reread the book.
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Mr 79mm x 100mmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable without being great.
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Bletchley Park has been covered quite a few times. This film covers uncovering a spy at the camp. It is well done and the I felt the historical atmosphere was well constructed without any obvious bloomers. The tension was kept up well and I was hooked until the end. The two female leads were very good. I was less impressed by the central male character. He just looked as if he had been overdosing on pot for most of the film. Occasionally the dialogue was a bit groan worthy but not often.
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Terry DReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm glad I'd read the book first!
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The story initially focuses on the horrendous problems caused when the Germans change the ciphers used to encode wireless traffic to and from their U-boat fleet in the North Atlantic. Bletchley is suddenly unable to read this traffic and, with three major convoys on their way from the USA to the UK, the potential for an horrific disaster is enormous.

The sudden disappearance of the girlfriend of one of the Bletchley code breakers suggests she may somehow be involved in warning the Germans that their supposedly unbreakable codes are being routinely broken. The ensuing investigation is complicated when it suddenly becomes apparent that the appalling 1940 atrocity at Katyn - the execution of 20,000+ members of the Polish officer corps by the Russians - is somehow involved.

And, behind all this, is the overriding pressure on the code breakers to crack the German U-boat codes within a matter of hours rather than months...

The movie is extremely fast moving and I suspect that, without having read the thriller behind the movie - Robert Harris' [[ASIN:0099527928 Enigma]] - I may easily have missed some of the twists in this complex and brilliantly produced movie.

To me, the movie handled the atrocity called Katyn somewhat better than the book. In the movie you are aware, from quite early on, that something extremely unpleasant is lurking in the background. In the book the Katyn element surfaces only in the latter pages.

So treat yourself: read [[ASIN:0099527928 Enigma]] (plus, if you want more background, [[ASIN:184415663X Ultra Goes to War]] and [[ASIN:0860072681 The Ultra Secret]]) then watch the movie !
14 people found this helpful
Paul MilliganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good storyline, well directed film
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Purists love to argue over authenticity of films about Enigma and Bletchley Park. Storyline of film is slightly different to book but if you watch it as fiction based on real events like any other war film, it's excellent entertainment.
Screenplay is by Tom Stoppard, which lifts the film above the average of the genre.
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ROBERT B. WORLEYmazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great admirer of Director
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Great admirer of Director, Michael Apted - also regular visitor to Bletchley Park over many years. Why could they not have filmed at BP rather than at another location. At the time this film was made (2001) Bletchley was run almost entirely by keen - but well informed volunteers - and they could have done with the cash generated by using the Park as the film location. I appreciate that this is a work of fiction and that the odd assortment of people who worked at Bletchley - from cryptic crossword buffs to outstanding linguists - but I did find the cavalier approach of a Royal Navy officer to his superior just a little OTT. In short, it lacked credibility. That said, it was an enjoyable film with haunting theme music by John Barry.
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