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An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

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Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Written by Entertainment One

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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31 October 2014 (UK)  »

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£8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$109,000 (USA) (19 December 2014)

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$3,958,500 (USA) (27 March 2015)
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Trivia

When Turner first meets Mrs. Booth, he uses the false name "Mallard" (derived from the fact that the M in his name, J. M. W. Turner, stands for "Mallord"). The second time they meet, she mistakenly calls him "Mr. Duckworth"--a confusion that comes from the fact that "mallard" is the name of a common variety of wild duck. See more »

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When Mr. Turner is shown in the marketplace towards the beginning of the movie, a woman enters the scene carrying a pug, with a short snout which only appeared due to breeding after 1900s. Pugs back then had longer snouts. See more »

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J.M.W. Turner: Mr. Ruskin, can I pose you a somewhat "conundruous" question?
John Ruskin: Please do, Mr. Turner.
J.M.W. Turner: To which do you find yourself the more partial: a steak and kidney pie or veal and lamb pie?
[crowd laughs]
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.6 (2015) See more »

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Piano Sonata N°8 in c minor, op. 13
, commonly known as "Sonata Pathétique"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
(1798-1799)
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Beautiful, absorbing, masterly executed on all accounts
2 April 2015 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

First: if you think the film-event of the year is the latest James Bond, then, obviously you should not go and see this film. (There are so many reviewers here with the opinion that this is a boring, plot less film that this seems to be something needing to be pointed out.) In fact, what we have here is a film with much humour, acted out in scenes and in somewhat appropriately arcane dialogue. There is drama and touching depictions of the human condition. And as for plot, we are given some engaging beautiful scenes from the life of Mr. Turner, as indeed we would have learnt to expect from Mr.Mike Leigh. Personally, if I had to name a favourite Mike Leigh film, it would have been All Or Nothing, but now, after experiencing this rich tapestry of depth, history and beauty, I have to conclude that the film Mr.Turner is so far, for all involved in this project of collaboration, a most profound crowning achievement. Take part of it with open eyes, ears, hearts and minds.


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