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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... JMW Turner
... William Turner Snr
... Hannah Danby
... Sophia Booth
... Mr Booth
... Sarah Danby
... Evelina
Amy Dawson ... Georgiana
... Mary Somerville
Martin Savage ... Benjamin Robert Haydon
... George Jones
Niall Buggy ... John Carew
... Sir William Beechey
Tom Edden ... CR Leslie
... David Roberts
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Bay Turner  »

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Budget:

£8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,000, 19 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,958,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,187,026
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes supposedly set in Holland/The Netherlands were filmed at Herringfleet Mill, Suffolk despite the two ladies shown speaking Dutch. 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

[last lines]
J.M.W. Turner: The sun is God! Ha ha ha!
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Crazy Credits

"a United Kingdom/French Republic/Federal Republic of Germany co-production" See more »


Soundtracks

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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Unfortunate
1 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Many of the aspects of this film, in fact all of the aspects of this film, are great, bar one. Unfortunately, that aspect is the most important. The cinematography is outstanding, capturing amazing scenes and putting Turner in his paintings before he's painted them. The scenery in the period locations is also first class. The acting is perfect - the maid, Hannah, Turner, his father - in fact all the cast are excellent. But what lets it down, and what is unforgivable, is that even with an understanding of Turner's life this "biopic" doesn't tell a story. It is an endless series of scenes that attempt to be clever and give you a thousand windows into his life. But those windows are just that - they don't hint at a broader life, they just give you an impression of the man that you could get from a ten second description of him. The critics, I think, forgive a lack of story, but viewers - quite rightly - expect something more. There can be no spoilers for this film, there's no story to spoil.


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