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Enigma (2001)

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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Robert Harris (novel), Tom Stoppard (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dougray Scott ... Thomas Jericho
Kate Winslet ... Hester Wallace
Saffron Burrows ... Claire
Jeremy Northam ... Wigram
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Puck (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)
Tom Hollander ... Logie
Donald Sumpter ... Leveret
Matthew Macfadyen ... Cave
Richard Leaf ... Baxter
Ian Felce Ian Felce ... Proudfoot
Bohdan Poraj Bohdan Poraj ... Pinker
Paul Rattray ... Kingcome
Richard Katz ... De Brooke
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Upjohn
Robert Pugh ... Skynner
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Storyline

During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire, has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace. In investigating Claire's personal life, the pair discovers personal and international betrayals. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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A thousand million, billion+ possibilities - 24 hours to get it right, and when you eventually do, it gets changed again... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enigma - Das Geheimnis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£796,776 (United Kingdom), 30 September 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,587, 21 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,298,329, 24 November 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the motivations behind making this movie was the indignation of many British World War 2 veterans (and civilians) over the movie U-571 (2000), in which the capture of the Enigma was shown to be done by American navy officers (despite the fact that the makers of that movie had indicated their movie to be a work of fiction and no accurate portrayal of the events leading to the capture of the Enigma). See more »

Goofs

When Hester and Tom Jericho are sat in the car in the barn kissing, the light reflected off Hester's glasses, show them to be modern coated lenses. Coated lenses would not have been around during the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Wigram: Were you surprised when you heard that Admiral Donitz had changed the weather code?
Tom Jericho: Well, the Germans were always nervous about Enigma. That was the reason Shark came on in the first place...
Wigram: But the Germans believe Enigma's supposed to be infallible, because it would take people a thousand years to figure out the settings for one day, and they are changed every day. But we don't use people for that, do we, Mr. Jericho?
Tom Jericho: No.
Wigram: No. And that is the secret inside the secret: your thinking machines. ...
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Connections

Referenced in Stars!: Kate Winslet See more »

Soundtracks

Black Bottom
(1926)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited, Redwood Music Limited, Stephen Ballentine Publishing Company,
Henderson Music
Performed by Howard Lannin & His Orchestra
Licensed by kind permission of BMG Entertainment International (UK & Ireland) Limited
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10 October 2001 | by carpet_sellerSee all my reviews

And this Movie is definitely worth seeing. It's so nice to go to these cinema factories and be treated with a good film, rather than the tripe which always comes out of Hollywood.

Enigma is a quirky, happy go lucky film about codebreakers during the war, with a bit of espionage and a bit of romance, in just the right proportions. Go and see it, it is not too taxing on the brain really as someone else here said, it is certainly not mind numbingly boring Hollywood fodder.


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