PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, THE (2019)

Director(s): Farhad Safinia
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Steve Coogan, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Irvine
Writer(s): John Boorman, Todd Komarnicki, Farhad Safinia

An extraordinary true story of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created literary history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. The compilation of the dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor Murray took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled but knew that it would take over a century for him and his team to complete; thus, he enlisted definitions from people all over the world and the dictionary was finished in mere decades. One man submitted more than ten thousand definitions, and when the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Doctor Minor, and American Civil War veteran, was living in an asylum for the criminally insane.

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