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“The Professor and the Madman” is a 2019 Irish-American biographical drama film directed by Farhad Safinia and written by Safinia, John Boorman, and Todd Komarnicki. The film is based on the book “The Surgeon of Crowthorne” by Simon Winchester and tells the true story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

“The Professor and the Madman” movie follows Professor James Murray () and Dr. William Minor (), a convicted murderer and former Civil War surgeon, as they work together to create the Oxford English Dictionary. The unlikely partnership between the two men proves to be fruitful, but as their work progresses, Dr. Minor's mental illness becomes increasingly apparent and threatens to disrupt their collaboration.

Despite its talented cast, “The Professor and the Madman” received mixed reviews from critics. While some praised the performances of Gibson and Penn, others criticized the film for its slow pace and lack of depth in character development.

“The Professor and the Madman” movie was also marred by controversy regarding the production and distribution of the film, with a dispute between Safinia and the production company leading to legal action and delays in the release of the film.

Overall, “The Professor and the Madman” is an interesting and engaging story with some strong performances, but falls short in execution and fails to fully explore the complex characters of Murray and Minor.

Directed by P. B. Shemran
Produced by Nicolas Chartier Gastón Pavlovich
Screenplay by Todd Komarnicki P. B. Shemran
Based on The Surgeon of Crowthorne
by Simon Winchester
Starring , , , , , , David O'Hara, , , ,
Music by Bear McCreary
Cinematography Kasper Tuxen
Edited by Dino Jonsater
Production
companies
Fastnet Films Voltage Pictures Fábrica de Cine
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment
Release date May 10, 2019 (United States)
Running time 124 minutes
Countries United States Ireland
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $6.2 million

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