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The Reading Room (2005)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie November 2005
Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.

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Randy Feldman
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... William
Joanna Cassidy ... Diana
Douglas Spain ... Javier
Keith Robinson ... Darrel
Monique Coleman ... Leesha
Kathryne Dora Brown ... Jillian
Gabby Soleil Gabby Soleil ... Majoli
Idris Muhammed Idris Muhammed ... Stephen
Austin Marques ... Edgar (as Austin Noah Marques)
Jessica Szohr ... Dayva (as Jessica Karen Szohr)
Spencir Bridges Spencir Bridges ... Lamont
Tim Reid ... Douglas
Georg Stanford Brown ... Rahim
Christian Monzon ... Omar
Mike Gomez ... Keeley
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Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.

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Come in. Sit down. Change your life.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence, thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sala de Leitura See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mine For The Takin'
Written by: Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, and Todd Jones
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A Gentle Film With a Giant Performance!
26 November 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

A widower respects the wishes of his deceased wife and clears out all of the books from his home library in order to open a reading room in an underprivileged community. The film chronicles the struggles and success stories of William Campbell (James Earl Jones) to support young people to engage their minds in the peaceful learning environment of the reading room.

This thoughtful film demonstrates why James Earl Jones is one of the finest actors on the planet. From start to finish, Jones provided the rock solid foundation for the human dramas of those young people affected by William and his reading room.

A fine supporting cast, including Joanna Cassidy in a sensitive performance as a caring teacher, and the brisk pacing of the film by director Georg Stanford Brown make this made-for-television film a moving and memorable experience.

The film offers an important message about the importance of reading, addressing learning disabilities, and the central role played by teachers in the developmental lives of our children. The motivation of Jones's character in opening the reading room was inspired by the words of his late wife, "More Care, Less Hate." In today's world, those words could not be more timely or more important.


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