• 2001
  • UK
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Written by: Tom Stoppard, (based on the novel by Robert Harris)
  • Cast: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam

Tom Jericho (Scott), a crack WWII codebreaker, is called back from premature retirement to break the Nazis' new cypher. On his return, he discovers that Claire (Burrows), the woman who broke his heart, has gone missing and, with the aid of her housemate (Winslet), begins to discover that she was not entirely what she seemed. Apted's screen adaptation of Robert Harris' best-selling novel is, rarely enough, both relatively faithful and rather good, though scriptwriter Tom Stoppard increases the love interest and fiddles the plot a little, but the mixture of cynicism and heroism that characterised Harris' characters is undiluted in the film.

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