Mathematician Alan Turing cracked German codes during World War II, ending the war two to four years sooner and saving millions of lives. In 1952, the British government convicted him of homosexual acts. The Imitation Game explores the enigma of Turing's life.
Today, Turing is recognized as a war hero and a pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence. After his conviction in 1952, Turing accepted chemical castration in lieu of prison, and was dead by 1954 due to cyanide poisoning, reported as a suicide, but possibly accidental. The Imitation Game uses the final years of Turing's life as the frame story for his work leading a diverse team of researchers as he worked to crack German codes from the Enigma machine during the second World War. Thanks to The Weinstein Company, we now get a chance to see how screenwriter Graham Moore pieced together Turing's life for the screenplay of The Imitation Game.
First, here's the trailer for the film:
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Taking just a few moments to read the opening pages of the script for The Imitation Game, you'll discover an excellent use of voiceover as well as a great introductory scene with Turing interacting with police in his home in 1951 after a break-in. Quickly, these opening pages not only set the tone of the film, but also establish Turing as a captivating, albeit curious character, pulling us into the story as the script flashes back to the heart of the story beginning in 1939. To hear more about Graham Moore's process of adapting Andrew Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma, be sure to check out the Hollywood Reporter Writer Roundtable discussion featuring Moore.
Here's a link to the screenplay, thanks to The Weinstein Company:
- The Imitation Game, screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
If you missed our earlier posts about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out here. Titles include:
- Gone Girl
- The Fault in Our Stars
- St. Vincent
- Get on Up
- The Theory of Everything
- The Boxtrolls
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kill the Messenger
- Dear White People
As always, please use these screenplays for educational purposes only, and don't wait to download the scripts as we never know when the distributors will take them off the Internet. We'll post more screenplays here as more distributors make them available online for free, legal downloads.