Matinee in the Cafe!Friday September 20, 2019
Stop by the Second Chapter Cafe to watch a different film each week! No registration required.
This week's selection is The Professor and the Madman!
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, this film is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. In 1857, Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades. As definitions were collected, Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Run time: 125 minutes
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Location: Second Chapter Cafe
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