THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN

By Safinia FARHAD

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Drama - Post-Production 2016

A professor begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a doctor at an insane asylum.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA, IRELAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Safinia FARHAD
    • Writer(s)
    • Farhad SAFINIA
    • Synopsis
    • Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale 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 Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious, and revolutionary, projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowd sourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.

      As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.
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