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  1. The Professor and the Madman is a 2019 biographical drama film directed by Farhad Safinia (under the pseudonym P. B. Shemran), from a screenplay by Safinia and Todd Komarnicki based on the 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne (published in the United States as The Professor and the Madman) by Simon Winchester.

  2. Mel Gibson worked on adapting the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne for over 20 years before production began to develop in 2016.
    Gibson, who originally intended to direct, hired his Apocalypto co-screenwriter Farhad Safinia to replace him, while he remained in the role of James Murray.

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  3. May 10, 2019 · The Professor and the Madman: Directed by Farhad Safinia. With Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Eddie Marsan, Natalie Dormer. Professor James Murray 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 patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

  4. The Professor and the Madman tells the story of Dr W.C. Minor, a Victorian murderer who became one of the most important contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary, posting his work to the editor of that dictionary from his cells in Broadmoor. Minor was spared the noose after the court had decided - rightly - that he was insane.

  5. Inspired by a true story, The Professor and the Madman is a compelling historical drama. When Oxford appoints Professor James Murray to head the university's project to create an English ...

  6. Dec 17, 2020 · Yes, the movie The Professor and the Madman is based on a 1998 book by Simon Winchester. The first edition was called The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness, and the Love of Words .

  7. Sep 28, 1998 · The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary-- and literary history.

  8. A movie version of the book, starring Mel Gibson as Murray and Sean Penn as Minor and directed by Farhad Safinia under the pseudonym P. B. Shemran, was released in 2019 with the title The Professor and the Madman.

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