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Mr. Turner (2014)

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An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... JMW Turner
Paul Jesson ... William Turner Snr
Dorothy Atkinson ... Hannah Danby
Marion Bailey ... Sophia Booth
Karl Johnson ... Mr Booth
Ruth Sheen ... Sarah Danby
Sandy Foster ... Evelina
Amy Dawson Amy Dawson ... Georgiana
Lesley Manville ... Mary Somerville
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Benjamin Robert Haydon
Richard Bremmer ... George Jones
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... John Carew
Fred Pearson ... Sir William Beechey
Tom Edden Tom Edden ... CR Leslie
Jamie Thomas King ... David Roberts
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Storyline

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Written by Entertainment One

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bay Turner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,000, 19 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,958,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,187,026
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene late in the film, Turner is shown in the Royal Academy laughing at several pre-Raphaelite paintings, two of them by John Millais, one of the founders of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Timothy Spall's son Rafe Spall portrayed Holman Hunt, one of the other three founders, in the mini-series Desperate Romantics (2009). Critic John Ruskin, a character in both films, championed the pre-Raphaelites and J.M.W. Turner more than any other contemporary artists and considered the pre-Raphaelites to be the successors of Turner. See more »

Goofs

When Turner says "no good deed goes unpunished" he's a bit ahead of his time. The quote is attributed to Clare Boothe Luce with some unsupported claims it might have first been said by 3 others, who all would have been quite young or unborn at the time of Turner's death. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
J.M.W. Turner: The sun is God! Ha ha ha!
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Soundtracks

Pretty Kitty, the maid of the mill
from "Harry le Roy, a Heroic Pastoral Burletta"
Lyrics by J. Pocock and music by H.R. Bishop
Sung at the soiree by Alice Bailey Johnson
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Mr. Turner: the artist as a pig
6 December 2014 | by gaiadam933See all my reviews

A biopic that most critics have admired, but, in my opinion, except the beautiful photography and costumes what is presented to the spectator is an artist from which we'll just know his grin and grunt,and some grandiloquent phrases about painting. He and people around him are described grotesquely and only so. In one of the scenes a pig is prepared to be eaten and this perhaps is a summary of the life of Turner and the other painters in the story, according to Mike Leigh, who also wrote the script. He has built the film with a series of scenes which with some variations are essentially a repetition of the same behavior. Leigh has given to the natural landscapes more relevance than to the paintings by Turner,and it seems that the daily life of the artist was more interesting than his work. Two hours and a half are too much to suffer a wrong conception of one of the most talented British directors.


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