The Imitation GameDVD - 2015
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Benedict Cumberbatch brilliantly plays another complicated genius, putting aside Sherlock for British mathematician and WWII hero Alan Turing. This thrilling biopic, a story of both triumph and tragedy, is an engaging portrayal of Turing’s life. There are snippets of Turing as a young adolescent ... Read More »
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Alan Turing: Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow.
"If you can't find the right answer, first you identify all the wrong ones". -Joan Clarke
Commander: Now, it says here you were a bit of a prodigy in the maths department.
Commander: And how old were you when you published this paper that has a title I can barely understand?
Turing: Uh, 23.
Commander: And you don't think that qualifies you as a certified prodigy?
Turing: Well, Newton discovered binomial theorem aged 22. Einstein wrote four papers that changed the world
by the age of 26. As far as I can tell, I've...I've barely made par.
Commander Denniston: Well, you realize that six hundred miles away from London there's this nasty little chap called Hitler who wants to engulf Europe in tyranny.
Alan Turing: Politics isn't really my area of expertise.
Joan Clarke: No one normal could have done that. Do you know, this morning... I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn't exist if it wasn't for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn't for you. I read up on my work... a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. [pause] Now, if you wish you could have been normal... I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren't.
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Final quotes: His machine was never perfected, though it generated a whole field of research into what became known as "Turing Machines". Today we call them "computers".
Alan Turing: When people talk to each other, they never say what they mean. [pause] They say something else and you're expected to just know what they mean.
Alan Turing: I like solving problems, Commander. And Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world.
Commander Denniston: Enigma isn't difficult, it's impossible. The Americans, the Russians, the French, the Germans, everyone thinks Enigma is unbreakable.
Turing: Good. Let me try and we'll know for sure, won't we?
Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.
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