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The Professor and the Madman (2019)

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Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... James Murray
Sean Penn ... Dr. William Chester Minor
Eddie Marsan ... Mr. Muncie
Natalie Dormer ... Eliza Merrett
Jennifer Ehle ... Ada Murray
Steve Coogan ... Frederick James Furnivall
Stephen Dillane ... Dr. Richard Brayn
Ioan Gruffudd ... Henry Bradley
Jeremy Irvine ... Charles Hall
Laurence Fox ... Philip Lyttelton Gell
Anthony Andrews ... Benjamin Jowett
Lars Brygmann ... Max Mueller
Bryan Murray ... Henry Liddell
David O'Hara ... Church
Sean Duggan ... Tom Coleman
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Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

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The Incredible True Story That Defined Our World.


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Country:

Ireland

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English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Professor and the Madman See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mel Gibson bought the rights to the Simon Winchester book " The Surgeon of Crowthorne " in 1999, and it took 17 years for him to get it to the screen. See more »

Goofs

Minor has a flashback of the Civil War and we see a man who has lost his leg in battle screaming. But the man has obviously already had surgery on the leg and it is now a healed stump, not a fresh injury. See more »

Quotes

James Murray: This is about recording the evolution of meaning.
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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Artem Dzyaba/Zivert (2019) See more »

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An epic
17 April 2019 | by riffat-87805See all my reviews

A few years ago I started to wonder if Hollywood creativity is dry? Now, with this epic movie; not in its events, but in its richness on both the human and artistic sides. A representative performance at the highest level. Four characters centered around; the character of Professor James Murray, played by Mel Gibson and his wife Ada Murray, played by Jennifer Ehle and Dr. William Chester Minor, played by Sean Penn and the wife of the murdered Eliza Merrett, played by Natalie Dormer. These personalities were at the top of their artistic representation, not to mention the characterization of the character and the depth of the human dimension of each. I humbly think that this film will enter Oscar 2020 nominations as the best film and another nomination for the best actor performance to Shin Bin.


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