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Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

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Dome Karukoski
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... J.R.R. Tolkien
Al Bollands Al Bollands ... First Soldier
Kallum Tolkien Kallum Tolkien ... Second Soldier
Craig Roberts ... Private Sam Hodges
Harry Gilby ... J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
Colm Meaney ... Father Francis
Laura Donnelly ... Mabel Tolkien
Guillermo Bedward ... Hilary Tolkien (Young)
Nia Gwynne ... Bronwen
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Faulkner
Adrian Schiller ... English Master
Albie Marber Albie Marber ... Robert Gilson (Young)
Ty Tennant ... Christopher Wiseman (Young)
Adam Bregman Adam Bregman ... Geoffrey Smith (Young)
Tony Nash ... Mackintosh
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Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the "fellowship" apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship


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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Nicholas Hoult has worked with several actors who played Tolkien's characters. He and Ian McKellen appeared together in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jack the Giant Slayer, the latter of which also featured Bill Nighyand Andy Serkis. He also appeared in The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch. See more »

Goofs

Tolkien's mother took them to Birmingham when he was 3, not the age he is in beginning, and he live in or about Birmingham all though his schooling years. See more »

Quotes

J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's Keen, sir.
English Master: What?
J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's pronounced Tolkeen, sir. Not Tol-Kine.
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Four Excerpts from 'Das Rheingold'
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Lothar Zagrosek
courtesy of Naxos
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Entertaining and poetic
24 June 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

A story as romantic as biographical of the first three decades of J.R.R. Tolkien, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: his childhood and adolescence just before the first world war and his decisive encounters (Edith Bratt who will become his wife, the professor Joseph Wright who will turn his mentor and help him to to enter to the University of Oxford, and his friends with whom he will form a brotherhood, or even a fellowship). The analogies with his novels are obvious: the Ringwraiths a.k.a. the Nazgûl between the German trenches of the Bay of the Somme, or even Sauron on his black horse and his huge sword. The film portrays also the manifold sources of inspiration such as Nordic cultures / languages or operas like Der Ring des Nibelungen composed by Richard Wagner. The photography, the Computer-Generated Imagery and the costumes are excellent. The movie reflects reality more or less closely (the audience shall then dissociate the real from the fantasy) but is globally poetic. 6/7 of 10.


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Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,200,537, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:

$4,535,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,090,040
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2.35 : 1
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