The Professor and the Madman

The true story of the remarkable creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, mid-19th century.

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In 1857, professor James Murray begins compiling the dictionary. As chairman of the committee, he tries to reach as many people as possible who can contribute to the ambitious project. One Dr. William Chester Minor contributes more than 10,000 entries. If Murray wants to honour and thank him for his help, he finds out that William is locked up in a lunatic asylum due to a murder.
A remarkable friendship develops between the two linguists. Minor also maintains a special relationship with the widow of his victim, Eliza Merret. When suddenly the treatment methods of Minor intensify, Eliza and Murray must join forces to preserve his mental health. Will Murray and Minor ever get the recognition they deserve?

Farhad Safinia (as P.B. Sherman), Ireland, 2019, 125 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Irvine, Jennifer Ehle.