The Reading Room

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After the death of his beloved wife, Helen Lynne Moody, wealthy African-American suburbanite William Campbell James Earl Jones finds that Helen has left behind a "living will" in the form of a videotape. As William watches the video, his late wife urges him to take his huge personal library down to the tough inner-city neighborhood and to establish a reading room. Though confused by this request, William does exactly that, only to find that none of his new neighbors seem inclined to read -- not until he posts a ...
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Overview

After the death of his beloved wife, Helen Lynne Moody, wealthy African-American suburbanite William Campbell James Earl Jones finds that Helen has left behind a "living will" in the form of a videotape. As William watches the video, his late wife urges him to take his huge personal library down to the tough inner-city neighborhood and to establish a reading room. Though confused by this request, William does exactly that, only to find that none of his new neighbors seem inclined to read -- not until he posts a sign reading FREE SODA. Ever so slowly, a few "regulars" trickle into the reading room, among them an idealistic young special-ed teacher Joanna Cassidy, a high-schooler Keith Robinson studying for his SATS, and a little girl Gabby Soleil who hopes to get her mother to learn to read. For the most part, however, William's little sanctuary is the target of break-ins and the hangout for local gang members, and with this in mind it isn't surprising that several people encourage him to pack up and get out -- none more adamantly than the Reverend Rashid Rahim played by George Stanford Brown, the film's director, a self-appointed urban activist who perceives in William a threat to his supremacy. Eventually, whether or not William stays or goes boils down to his attempt at "redeeming" a youthful thief named Javier Douglas Spain -- and it is at this point in the narrative that William finally understands why Helen wanted him to open up the reading room in the first place. Filmed with the endorsement of the National Center for Family Literacy, The Reading Room was produced for cable's Hallmark Channel, where it first aired on November 26, 2005.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 011301672230
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Timeless Media Group
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,353

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Earl Jones William Campbell
Georg Stanford Brown Rahim
Douglas Spain Javier
Tim Reid Douglas
Joanna Cassidy Diana Weston
George Stanford Brown Rev. Rashid Rahim
Monique Coleman Leesha
Keith Robinson Darrel
Kathryne Dora Brown Jillian
Lynne Moody Helen Campbell
Gabby Soleil Majoli
Austin Noah Marques Edgar
Christian Monzon Omar
Idris Muhammad Stephon
Technical Credits
Georg Stanford Brown Director
Yuda Acco Production Designer
Craig Bassett Editor
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Albert T. Dickerson Producer
Randy Feldman Screenwriter
Robert Halmi Jr. Executive Producer
Jeff Kloss Producer
Larry Levinson Executive Producer
Peter Marshall Executive Producer
James W. Wrenn Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Reading Room
1. Intro [16:21]
2. First Student [16:55]
3. Needing Help [14:45]
4. Stuck in the Middle [7:58]
5. Crossroads [15:13]
6. Another Chance [15:50]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Reading Room
   Play Program
   Spanish Subtitles: On
   Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Soar to New Heights.

    The Reading Room with James Earl Jones as the protagonist is inspirational. If you need uplifting and hope that conditions and circumstances will change this is a DVD that is worthwhile viewing. Many of today's "social dysfunctions" are addressed in this DVD with viable solutions. Edgar, Javier, and Marjoli are some of the children's lives that are transformed in The Reading Room. *A good storyline and quality acting by all the characters makes this a good movie. *Emotional & heartwarming. A favorable review: good for people considering going into the field of education or considering opening a non-profit organization to give them inspiration to follow their goal.

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