The Professor and the Madman

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Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created literary history with the writing of the Oxford English... read more
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Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created literary history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 by professor James Murray (Mel Gibson), who took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled. By “crowd sourcing” the work; that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades instead of a century. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Original Release

03/15/2019

Cast

Mel Gibson James Murray
Sean Penn Dr. William Chester Minor
Natalie Dormer Eliza Merrett
Ioan Gruffudd Henry Bradley
Jeremy Irvine Charles Hall
Brendan Patricks Winston Churchill
Adam Fergus Alfred Minor
Brian Fortune Head Board Member
Aidan McArdle Defence Attorney Clarke
Kieran O'Reilly Minor's Father
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Farhad Safinia

Writers

John Boorman, Todd Komarnicki, Farhad Safinia, Simon Winchester

Cast

Mel Gibson James Murray
Sean Penn Dr. William Chester Minor
Natalie Dormer Eliza Merrett
Ioan Gruffudd Henry Bradley
Jeremy Irvine Charles Hall
Brendan Patricks Winston Churchill
Adam Fergus Alfred Minor
Brian Fortune Head Board Member
Aidan McArdle Defence Attorney Clarke
Kieran O'Reilly Minor's Father
Christopher Maleki Joseph / Fredo
Steve Gunn Lambeth Man
Malcolm Freeman Colonel
Joe McKinney Attendant No.1
Shane Noone George Merrett
John Morton Scriptorium Assistant
Bryan Murray Henry Liddell
David Crowley Parfit
Oengus MacNamara Bailiff #1
Shane Gately Angry Spectator

Producers

Zev Foreman Executive Producer
Manu Gargi Executive Producer
Peter McAleese Executive Producer
Dominic Rustam Executive Producer
Tyler Zacharia Executive Producer
Bruce Davey Producer
Mel Gibson Producer
Gaston Pavlovich Producer
Nicolas Chartier Producer
Jayson de Rosner Producer
Léonard Glowinski Producer
Macdara Kelleher Producer
Jenny O'Brien Producer

Editors

John Gilbert, Dino Jonsäter

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