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Mr. Turner (2014)

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


Mike Leigh


Mike Leigh
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... JMW Turner
Paul Jesson ... William Turner Snr
Dorothy Atkinson ... Hannah Danby
Marion Bailey ... Sophia Booth
Karl Johnson ... Mr Booth
Ruth Sheen ... Sarah Danby
Sandy Foster ... Evelina
Amy Dawson Amy Dawson ... Georgiana
Lesley Manville ... Mary Somerville
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Benjamin Robert Haydon
Richard Bremmer ... George Jones
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... John Carew
Fred Pearson ... Sir William Beechey
Tom Edden ... CR Leslie
Jamie Thomas King ... David Roberts


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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Did You Know?


Sam Kelly's final role. He passed away before the film's release. See more »


When Turner is tied to the mast of the ship the snowflakes stick to his face and are foam. Snow is not made up of foam. See more »


[last lines]
J.M.W. Turner: The sun is God! Ha ha ha!
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Piano Sonata N°8 in c minor, op. 13
Commonly known as "Sonata Pathétique"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Beautiful, absorbing, masterly executed on all accounts
2 April 2015 | by HowardRoarkIISee 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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Release Date:

31 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


GBP8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,000, 21 December 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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