Mr. Turner Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mr. Turner

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Gloriously corpuscular.

  • Starring:

    Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage

  • Directed by:

    Mike Leigh

  • Running time:

    150 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)


    Object kicked. Explosions, soldiers, slave trade, whipping donkeys, scrofula mentioned. Paintings of battle, sacrifice. Shouting, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpses. Hanging carcasess. Arrow in skin (painting). Red, peeling skin. Bandage.


    A couple has sex against the wall. Exposed thigh, bottom. Breast-grabbing, crotch-grabbing, bum-grabbing, kissing. Near-nude females in statues and paintings. Bawdy song, innuendo. Brothel setting, prostitute. Cleavage.


    Alcohol (spirits, wine, ale). Smoking (pipes). Laudanum mentioned. Hallucinations.


    A-words. Name-calling, b*tch. Slang for breasts. Religious references.


    Joseph Mallard William Turner, art, painting, experiments, colour, light, bronchitis, relationships, family, storms at sea, debt, art appreciation, properness, Victoriana, the Royal Academy, critics.


    Deceased father, deceased sister, deceased daughter/sister, dead husbands, burying five children mentioned. Horses, cats, dogs, caged fowl, chickens, pig's heads, dead fish, hanging fowl, crabs, birds. Pork eaten. Cobwebs. Spitting.


    Glorious, confident, triumphant, rambling, extraordinary, strange, entertaining, thoughtful, funny, beautiful, luminous, moving, joyful, sad, wistful, engrossing, evocative, sober, unhurried, robust. Outstanding/magnificent/masterful performance from Timothy Spall, vivid/soulful/surprising sense of the artist, scrupulously well-researched, visually immaculate, supremely enjoyable, astonishing/time-stopping cinematography, extraordinary/detailed/lived-in production design.



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