The Professor and the Madman Movie

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The Professor and the Madman


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2019 | Drama Adaptation | 2hrs, 4m

In 1857, Professor James Murray sets about compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Dr. W.C. Minor submits more than 10,000 entries, but when the co... full plot below

U.S. Release Date

The Professor and the Madman release date was Friday, May 10, 2019. This was a Limited in theaters release.

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July 2019

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Mel Gibson
Professor James Murray
Sean Penn
Dr. W.C. Minor
Ioan Gruffudd
Henry Bradley
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Directed by

Farhad Safinia

Screenwriter

Farhad Safinia

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Storyline

In 1857, Professor James Murray sets about compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Dr. W.C. Minor submits more than 10,000 entries, but when the committee insists on honoring him, a shocking truth comes to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, is also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on the book "The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary" by Simon Winchester.
  • The project has been in development since 1998.

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