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Rating: 6.5/10 by 496 users

Mr. Turner (2014)

Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.

  • Mike Leigh
  • Heather Storr
  • Mike Leigh
Release Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Rating: 6.5/10 by 496 users

Alternative Title:
M. Turner - CA
Ο Κύριος Τέρνερ - GR
미스터 터너 - KR

United Kingdom
United States of America
Runtime: 02 hour 30 minutes
Budget: $0
Revenue: $22,179,785

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Marion Bailey
Sophia Booth
Paul Jesson
William Turner Snr
Lesley Manville
Mary Somerville
Martin Savage
Benjamin Robert Haydon
Ruth Sheen
Sarah Danby
Peter Wight
Joseph Gillot
Stuart McQuarrie
Ruskin's Father
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Ruskin's Mother
Leo Bill
JE Mayall
Kate O'Flynn
Sinead Matthews
Queen Victoria
Richard Bremmer
George Jones
Mark Stanley
Clarkson Stanfield
Tom Wlaschiha
Prince Albert
Patrick Godfrey
Lord Egremont
Niall Buggy
John Carew
Fred Pearson
Sir William Beechey
Tom Edden
CR Leslie
Clive Francis
Sir Martin Archer Shee
Robert Portal
Sir Charles Eastlake
James Fleet
John Constable
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Henry William Pickersgill
Simon Chandler
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott
Edward de Souza
Thomas Stothard
Oliver Maltman
Theatre Actor
Sam Kelly
Theatre Actor
Amy Dawson
Alice Bailey Johnson
Young Lady Singer
Alice Orr-Ewing
Second Young Lady
Veronica Roberts
Lady Stuckley
James Norton
Nicola Sloane
Brothel Keeper
Eleanor Yates
Ruskin's Wife
Fenella Woolgar
Lady Eastlake
Richard Cordery
Dinner Guest
Ruby Bentall
Unhappy Couple
Lee Ingleby
Unhappy Couple
Pearl Chanda
Theatre Actor
Ned Derrington
Theatre Actor
Phil Elstob
Theatre Actor
Peter Hannah
Theatre Actor
Michael Culkin
Gentleman Critic
Vincent Franklin
Gentleman Critic
Nicholas Woodeson
Gentleman Critic
Eileen Davies
Lady Critics
Bob Goody
Gallery Visitor
Terrence Hardiman
Gallery Visitor
Theresa Watson
Gallery Visitor
Judi Scott
Amanda Lawrence
Hannah's Friend
Helen Cooper
Dutch Lady
Stuart Matthews
Market Trader (uncredited)
Nicholas Jones
Sir John Soane
Robert J. Fraser
Art Student (uncredited)

Peter McGinn

The story of this artist reminds me of a book I read many years ago, which described the lives of classical composers such as Mozart. It seems they were often like rock or film stars of more modern times. They lived life large and invited scandal. Mr. Turner describes a similar character. He lives how he wants and except for awkward moments with ex-lovers and his trail of children left behind, her gets away with it. As one interviewer noted, Timothy Spall grunts his way through this film, though as usual, his performance is much more layered than that throwaway phrase describes. Lesley Manville is excellent, as always and Dorothy Atkinson is stunning in her complex yet minimalistic portayal. As with more Mike Leigh films, it features a wonderful ensemble cast. I think the finest British actors line up to play in his films the way it often happens when directors are on a role, such as Woody Allen in his prime years in this country. The plot has depth, though some of the commentary about the artists of the time feels rather obscure to me now. I knew when I first watched it that I would need to see it again, and I am glad I did as it added to my comprehension and appreciation. However, unlike several of Mike Leigh’s masterpieces, I will not want to watch it again beyond that required second viewing. The artistry is there, but the drama and tension of my favorite Leigh films is more lacking. Still a worthy addition to his collection, though.

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