The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman (2019)

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  • Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
  • Release Date: 2019-03-07
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 561 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Fastnet Films
  • Production Country: Ireland, United States of America, France
  • Director: Farhad Safinia
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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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  • Mel Gibson

    as James Murray
  • Sean Penn

    as Dr. William Chester Minor
  • Natalie Dormer

    as Eliza Merrett
  • Ioan Gruffudd

    as Henry Bradley
  • Jeremy Irvine

    as Charles Hall
  • Brendan Patricks

    as Winston Churchill
  • Adam Fergus

    as Alfred Minor
  • Jennifer Ehle

    as Ada Murray
  • Brian Fortune

    as Head Board Member
  • Aidan McArdle

    as Defence Attorney Clarke
  • David Crowley

    as Parfit
  • Kieran O'Reilly

    as Minor's Father
  • Bryan Murray

    as Henry Liddell
  • Oengus MacNamara

    as Bailiff #1
  • Christopher Maleki

    as Joseph
  • Sean Duggan

    as Tom Coleman
  • Bryan Quinn

    as Sir Richard
  • Steve Gunn

    as Lambeth Man
  • Malcolm Freeman

    as Colonel
  • Joe McKinney

    as Attendant No.1
  • Olivia McKevitt

    as Clare Merrett
  • Shane Noone

    as George Merrett
  • Robert McCormack

    as Harold Murray
  • Ronan O'Connor

    as Gate Guard
  • John Morton

    as Scriptorium Assistant
  • Abigail Coburn

    as Elsie Murray
  • Paul Gough

    as Guard
  • Lucas Browne

    as Eastman Minor
  • Eddie Marsan

    as Muncie
  • Steve Coogan

    as Frederick James Furnivall
  • Stephen Dillane

    as Dr. Richard Brayne
  • David O'Hara

    as Church
  • Laurence Fox

    as Philip Lyttelton Gell
  • Lars Brygmann

    as Max Mueller
Editing John Gilbert Editor
Production Mel Gibson Producer
Production Bruce Davey Producer
Production Daniel Hubbard Casting
Directing Farhad Safinia Director
Writing Farhad Safinia Writer
Writing John Boorman Writer
Writing Todd Komarnicki Writer
Sound Bear McCreary Music
Camera Kasper Tuxen Director of Photography
Art Tom Conroy Production Design
Production Gastón Pavlovich Producer
Writing Simon Winchester Book