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The Professor and the Madman

7.32 h 4 min2019X-Ray16+
Based on the best-selling novel, The Professor and the Madman tells the true tale of madness, genius, and obsession that led two remarkable men to leave their imprint on history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.
P.B. Shemran
Mel GibsonSean PennNatalie Dormer
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R. PadillaReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Impressive, how can this movie not be in wide release?
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I found this movie extremely engaging, with an excellent story. Not having read the book, nor being a fan of Mel Gibson I rented on Prime just to see the performances. However, the movie far exceeded my expectations, and not just for the performances. To me it gets an A+ in story, acting, score and most of all, character development.

I could not understand how this movie was not in wide release in theaters and then found out the story behind the disagreements between the studio, the director and Mr. Gibson. If I'm not mistaken the director even used a pseudonym PB Shemran so he would not be attached to the project. However, I found this to be an excellent movie, engaging throughout.
Watch it without hesitation, I don't believe you will regret it.
208 people found this helpful
DanielReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Building a map for meaning
The Professor and the Madman. It has been a very long time since a movie has resonated with me. I have liked and enjoyed many movies over time, but this one..... very well done.

This movie wasn't billed as a "christian" movie, but it is by demonstrating many core beliefs that we hold in a very real and harsh way. It is not Passion of the Christ, but a more real and applicable story for the present day believer. Where Passion of the Christ gave us a foundation for hope. The Professor and the Madman shows us how expressing faith through what we do is a powerful force for good. It also asks a very powerful heart-wrenching question "Can a bad man be redeemed?" The powerful effects of love and forgiveness are shown in how they can help defeat the severe darkness of mental illness.

It is about the people writing the Oxford English Dictionary. I now own the 2nd Edition, all 20 volumes, and this movie is the reason.

I'm not happy that it wasn't widely released in theaters. It should've been billed as the biggest christian picture since the Passion of the Christ.
169 people found this helpful
JenniferReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Unsure as to why this movie was given a 1.5/4 rating from critic Roger Ebert (Nick Allen) compared to a 7.4/10 from IMDb. We enjoyed watching The Professor and the Madman. If you're interested in historical dramas then you'll like this movie.
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Naura JenkersonReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful and Brutal !
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The Amazing true story of American, Doctor William Minor, while housed in a lunatic asylum was a key source in bringing about the first Oxford English Dictionary
Sean Penn's gut-wrenching performance is horrifyingly accurate, you cannot help but be moved by him!
109 people found this helpful
RolandReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top acting
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This is an outstanding movie, the story is a good one. The reason this is an outstanding movie is the quality of the actors. I have never been an Sean Penn fan, Sean's performance in this movie is beyond excellent; so, my view changed. Gibson is always good, hence, in this movie far overshadowed by Penn. I believe this is a must see motion picture.
71 people found this helpful
SilkeReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing movie - so worth to watch
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It is a bitter sweet movie with a good ending, great story with lots of forgiveness and with love. Will watch it again. It' a great example how people with mental illness still can contribute greatly to society.
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Merry_MaryReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must Watch for All Philologos
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The acting is outstanding, and the story is phenomenal. Loved this movie!
55 people found this helpful
JoyReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful surprise of a movie!
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Well written and well acted;
a wonderful surprise of a movie!
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