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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

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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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

Tolkien gives Edith a flyer for a concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall of Richard Wagner's Tetralogy "The Ring Cycle" given by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Symphony Hall was opened in 1991. Before that, orchestral concerts were given at Birmingham Town Hall. While the name of the Birmingham Orchestra is correct for the period, it did not have a chorus until 1973. The venue that they then go to in the film is not a concert hall, but an opera house, so it's unlikely that a symphony orchestra would have given the concert in that venue, since it would have been a full performance. Still, at least they didn't call it a quadrilogy, eh? 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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Connections

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

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Waldszenen (Op. 82, No.3): Einsame Blumen
Music by Robert Schumann
Performed by Phil Cornwell
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Enjoyable escapism
7 May 2019 | by annebardenSee all my reviews

Lovely film, great design, imagery, made me want to read the books, which the films never did! Not without flaws, but what film is, it seems to be getting criticism unfairly, it's entertaining, and opens you mind to language.


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USA

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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