Mr. Turner

December 19th, 2014


Mr. Turner

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

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.0/10 (2,782 voted)

Critic's Score: 93/100

Director: Mike Leigh

Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

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.

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


Official Website: Official Facebook

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 31 October 2014

Filming Locations: Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, South Yorkshire, England, UK

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Did You Know?

The movie seemed to have generated a new interest in J.M.W. Turner's works. On December 3, 2014, Turner's painting "Rome, From Mount Aventine" (painted in 1835) was sold at auction by Sotheby's house for 30.3 million pounds (U$ 47.47 million), a record for any pre-20th century British artist. The painting was part of the Rosebery collection ever since 1878 and was in perfect conditions. See more »

When Dr Price attends Turner in London, he says he is taking the train back to Margate from Charing Cross station, which wasn't opened until 1864, 13 years after Turner's death. See more »


User Review


Rating: 10/10

Mike Leigh's "Mr Turner", a 2 1/2 hour movie had me so fascinated that it flew by. As an enraptured audience member I felt like a fly on the wall to witness Mr. Turner's life and creations of art that were depicted with such extraordinary realism. I felt on a gut level how this man's wonderful art was inspired by his feelings and the world surrounding him. There were so many wonderfully chosen moments and the scenery was so detailed and - thank God- lacking any Hollywood glamour. The characters were extremely well researched and portrayed to such a degree that I had the feeling I got to live in 1850's England for the 2 1/2 hours. There was not one moment of "acting' in this movie. How refreshing and inspiring! Timothy Spall's portrayal of Mr Turner was amazing in its detail - He inhabited the role 100 %. He embodied the painter to the last brush stroke. Equally wonderful were the women and everybody else in this brilliantly crafted movie. I shall see it again in case I have missed any detail.


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