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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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Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bay Turner See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The two paintings involved in the authentic "red buoy incident" were Helvoetsluys by Turner and The Opening of Waterloo Bridge by John Constable. Since 1832 they were reunited only once, during the exhibition Turner And The Masters, at Tate Britain in 2009. After the exhibition, Helvoetsluys was returned to the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. The harbor town of Hellevoetsluis (as it is called nowadays) still exists near Rotterdam, The Netherlands. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

J.M.W. Turner: Flanders, still as flat as a witch's tit.
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Connections

Featured in Mr. Turner: The Many Colours of Mr. Turner (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Dido's Lament
from opera "Dido and Aenas"
Composed by Henry Purcell
Libretto by Nahum Tate
(1689)
Sung by Timothy Spall
[Turner sings]
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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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