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

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
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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 ... John Carew
Fred Pearson ... Sir William Beechey
Tom Edden ... CR Leslie
Jamie Thomas King ... David Roberts
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The poem recited by Turner, "Be still, my dear Molly, be still", is taken from one of his notebooks (held by the Tate Gallery in London). See more »

Goofs

When Dr Price attends Turner in London, he says he is taking the train back to Margate from Charing Cross station, which wasn't opened until 1864, 13 years after Turner's death. See more »

Quotes

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 ham pie?
[crowd laughs]
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Here we meet too soon to part
Written by John Clare
Sung at the soiree by Alice Bailey Johnson
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Brilliant Portrait
5 October 2014 | by mariannehettingerSee all my reviews

Mike Leigh's "Mr Turner", a 2 1/2 hour movie had me so fascinated that it flew by. As an enraptured audience member I felt like a fly on the wall to witness Mr. Turner's life and creations of art that were depicted with such extraordinary realism. I felt on a gut level how this man's wonderful art was inspired by his feelings and the world surrounding him. There were so many wonderfully chosen moments and the scenery was so detailed and - thank God- lacking any Hollywood glamour. The characters were extremely well researched and portrayed to such a degree that I had the feeling I got to live in 1850's England for the 2 1/2 hours. There was not one moment of "acting' in this movie. How refreshing and inspiring! Timothy Spall's portrayal of Mr Turner was amazing in its detail - He inhabited the role 100 %. He embodied the painter to the last brush stroke. Equally wonderful were the women and everybody else in this brilliantly crafted movie. I shall see it again in case I have missed any detail.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,000, 21 December 2014

Gross USA:

$3,958,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,179,785
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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