The Professor (2018 film)

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The Professor
The Professor.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWayne Roberts
Produced by
  • Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
  • Greg Shapiro
  • Braden Aftergood
Written byWayne Roberts
Music by
CinematographyTim Orr
Edited bySabine Emiliani
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) (Zurich)
  • May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Professor (originally titled Richard Says Goodbye) is a 2018 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Wayne Roberts. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Zoey Deutch, Ron Livingston and Odessa Young.

It had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival on October 5, 2018. It was released on May 17, 2019, by Saban Films.


After learning he has six months to live, a college lecturer transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife and school chancellor, and to the delight of his students, he leads a crusade against authority and hypocrisy.



On May 8, 2017, it was announced that Johnny Depp would star in a comedy drama film Richard Says Goodbye as a college professor in the titular role, to be written and directed by Wayne Roberts following his debut film Katie Says Goodbye, which IM Global would be fully financing.[1] Brian Kavanaugh Jones would produce the film through his Automatik Entertainment along with IM Global's Greg Shapiro.[1] On July 20, 2017, Zoey Deutch was cast in the film to play one of the students of the professor.[2] The rest of the main cast was announced on July 25, 2017, which included Danny Huston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Devon Terrell, and Odessa Young.[3] It was reported that the film would be co-financed by IM Global and Cirrina Studios, with an additional financing by Leeding Media.[3]

Principal photography on the film began on July 25, 2017 in Vancouver.[4][5]


It had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival on October 5, 2018.[6][7] Prior to that, Saban Films and DirecTV Cinema acquired distribution rights to the film.[8] It was released on May 17, 2019.[9]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 6% rating based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 4.75/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11]


  1. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (May 8, 2017). "Johnny Depp To Star In Wayne Roberts' 'Richard Says Goodbye' For IM Global – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 20, 2017). "Zoey Deutch to Co-Star With Johnny Depp in 'Richard Says Goodbye' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (July 25, 2017). "Danny Huston, Rosemarie Dewitt & More Join Johnny Depp In 'Richard Says Goodbye'". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Brown, Scott (June 30, 2017). "Johnny Depp to film Richard Says Goodbye in Vancouver". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Richard Says Goodbye Starts Filming with Johnny Depp". July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Roxborough, Scott (September 12, 2018). "Johnny Depp's 'Richard Says Goodbye' to World Premiere at Zurich Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Richard Says Goodbye". Zurich Film Festival. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 10, 2018). "Saban Films, DirecTV Land Johnny Depp-Starrer 'Richard Says Goodbye' For $3 Million: Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Fernandez, Alexia (April 9, 2019). "Johnny Depp Plays a Man with Just Six Months to Live in First Trailer for The Professor". People. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Professor (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Professor". Metacritic. Retrieved June 2, 2019.

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