Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Michael Apted
Production: Manhattan Pictures Internation
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

If Guy thinks we can do it,|I would certainly respect his opinion.

And you?

You don't seem|to have much to say.

Tom Jericho.|He's the one who got us into|reading Shark. If there's anyone alive--

Can you break Shark again|in four days?

Have you any idea|what you're talking about?

Tom's been on sick leave for|the last month, so I don't think|he's fully in the picture--

Enigma is a very sophisticated|enciphering machine...

and Shark|is its ultimate refiinement...

so we're not talking|about The Times' crossword.

It weighs 26 pounds,|battery included...

and goes anywhere.

The Enigma machine.|The Germans have thousands of them.

What's it do?

It turns plain-text messages|into gobbledygook.

Then the gobbledygook|gets transmitted in Morse.

At the receiving end, there's another|Enigma machine to turn it back|into the original message.

Press the same key any number of times,|it will always come out different.

- And you have one of your own.|- Courtesy of the Polish Cipher Bureau.

So what's the problem?


The problem is|the machine has 115 million|million million ways of doing it...

according to how you set these three|rotors and how you connect these plugs.

And that's Shark.

No. No, no, no.|This is the one we can break.

Shark is enciphered on a machine|with a fourth rotor specially|developed for U-boats...

which gives it about 4,000 million|billion different starting positions.

And, uh, we've never seen one.

Holy shit!

I haven't understood a word.

Can somebody give me a straight answer|to a straight question?

- Will this blackout|defiinitely be over in--|- Nobody can say defiinitely, sir.

Yes or no?

- No.|- Thank you.

So it isn't over in four days.|When will it be over, hmm?

Hmm? Hmm? You.

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Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL (born Tomáš Straussler; 3 July 1937) is a British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. more…

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