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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's second outing as a famous author, having previously portrayed J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye (2017). See more »

Goofs

When it is announced that war has broken out, the speaker says it is because Germany had invaded Belgium. That had been front page news and surely the most talked about topic everywhere for a day. He more likely would have said that Germany had ignored the ultimatum to leave Belgium. See more »

Quotes

Edith Bratt: Things aren't beautiful because of how they sound. They're beautiful because of what they mean.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 30 April 2019 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Waldszenen (Op. 82, No.3): Einsame Blumen
Music by Robert Schumann
Performed by Phil Cornwell
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A beautiful and moving film
5 May 2019 | by alever-46823See all my reviews

I am a huge Tolkien fan and after reading some of the critics reviews I was a bit wary of seeing this film. I do not know which film the "critics" have seen but from their conclusions I do not recognise this film. I have literally just left the cinema, I found it so moving that I found myself in floods of tears. Beautifully acted, and set against the backdrop of WW1 the sense of loss and the harrowing reality of what war is came across in such depth. I loved the focus on language and the weight it can carry, It made me feel that words are in their own right living creatures. This is one of the few films that has not just entered my brain but is also in my heart. Please go and see this film whether you are a Tolkien fan or not, it is truly captivating.


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Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

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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