Michael Apted (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Acting as an antidote to the Hollywood heroism of U-571, in which a German code machine is recovered by the US Navy during the Second World War, this romantic thriller (based on the Robert Harris novel) concentrates on the quiet, bookish pluck of our own wartime codebreakers at Bletchley Park. Dougray Scott plays the fragile but brilliant Tom Jericho, back at his desk after a nervous breakdown and drawn into a race against time to crack the latest German cipher. He also suspects that the girl he has become infatuated with (Saffron Burrows) is a spy. This well-acted movie includes Kate Winslet, looking suitably dowdy in a supporting role, though Jeremy Northam steals the show as a pompous secret serviceman. The film is commendable for the intelligence it assumes on the part of the audience and has a suitably lush score by the great John Barry, but the effect is spoiled somewhat by a superfluous high-adventure ending that seems out of synch with the rest of the movie.


At Bletchley Park, a brilliant mathematician races against time to crack the latest cipher used by Germany to send encoded messages through its Enigma machine. During the assignment, he falls for a female colleague, but later fears he may have been confiding in a traitor to the Allied cause. Second World War romantic thriller, based on the bestseller by Robert Harris, with Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows and Kate Winslet.

Cast & Crew

Tom Jericho Dougray Scott
Hester Kate Winslet
Claire Saffron Burrows
Wigram Jeremy Northam
`Puck' Pukowski Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Logie Tom Hollander
Leveret Donald Sumpter
Cave Matthew Macfadyen
Director Michael Apted
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene.Available on: video and DVD