02 hours 05 minutes
- Eddie Marsan, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Steve Coogan
- Farhad Safinia
- Biography, Drama, Now Showing
- May 28, 2020
Based on the 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 history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary begins in 1857 as one of the most ambitious and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) takes on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knows that it will take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowd sourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.
As definitions are collected, Professor Murray discovers that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), has submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insists on honoring him, a shocking truth comes to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, is a convicted murderer being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.