Enigma (2001) - Synopsis
In March 1943 the code breakers at Bletchley Park, Britain's top secret Station X, are facing their worst nightmare: Nazi U boats have unexpectedly changed the code by which they communicate with each other and German High Command. An Allied merchant shipping convoy crossing the Atlantic with 10,000 passengers and vital supplies is in danger of attack. The authorities turn for help to Tom Jericho, a brilliant young mathematician and code breaker.
Unknown to his colleagues, Jericho has another equally baffling enigma of his own to unravel: Claire, the woman with whom he has fallen in love, has disappeared from Bletchley just when the authorities suspect there may be a spy at the Park.
To get to the bottom of both mysteries he enlists the help of Hester, Claire's best friend. Together they keep one step ahead of the secret services and investigate Claire's mysterious life, reaching a conclusion that uncovers international and personal betrayals.
ENIGMA, starring Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam and Saffron Burrows, is a romantic thriller based on the international best-selling novel by Robert Harris, directed by Michael Apted, and produced by Mick Jagger's Jagged Films and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.
Adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard, ENIGMA is produced by Mick Jagger and Lorne Michaels. Executive producers are Intermedia's Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Senator Films' Hanno Huth, and Victoria Pearman and Michael White. David Brown is co-producer.
Steeped in the atmosphere of wartime England, this mystery of codes and codebreaking, love and betrayal set inside Station X, the birthplace of the computer age, has much contemporary relevance in today's world of the Internet and computer hackers.
Director Michael Apted (world is Not Enough, The (1999)) has assembled a star cast headed by Dougray Scott, (Mission Impossible 2 (2000)), Kate Winslet, Academy Award nominated for her role in worldwide blockbuster Titanic (1997); Jeremy Northam, who won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performances in winslow Boy, The (1999) and ideal Husband, An (1999), and Saffron Burrows whose recent screen appearances include Mike Figgis' Miss Julie (2000) and TimeCode (2000).