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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  13 February 1987 (USA)
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True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

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Nora Doel
Jean De Baer ...
Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ...
George Martin
Eleanor David ...
Cecily Farr
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Megan Wells
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Ed
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Mrs. Boulton
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Storyline

When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works at Marks & Co., 84 Charing Cross Road. Written by Kathy Li

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13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca te vi, siempre te amé  »

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The amount of time that Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) corresponded for was twenty years. See more »

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Helene mentions that her new apartment is on Second Avenue. In one shot, we see the Guggenheim Museum outside the window. The Guggenheim is on Fifth Avenue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Businessman on plane: Your first trip to London?
Helene Hanff: Yes.
Businessman on plane: You want a word of advice? Don't trust the cab drivers; they'll take you five miles to go three blocks... and, uh, don't waste your time looking at a street map. Nobody can find their way around London - not even Londoners.
Helene Hanff: Maybe I should go to Baltimore instead.
Businessman on plane: No; you'll enjoy it. London's a great place. What kind of trip is it - business or pleasure?
Helene Hanff: Unfinished business.
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The production teams in New York and London were almost completely separate, and the closing credits reflect this: in front of a split screen showing Helene in New York and Frank in London, the crews for the two cities scroll side by side. In most cases the same jobs are shown in both columns, and the job titles are then shown in the center. See more »

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My favourite film
17 August 2004 | by (Ottawa, ON Canada) – See all my reviews

Whenever anyone asks me, which isn't often, I tell them this is it. And they invariably have never heard of it, which is a terrible shame.

I love the film, and advise those who love it as well that they SHOULD read the book too... and also read The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, and find out what happened when Helene went to England after all those years.

And don't stop there... look up the Oxford Book of English Prose and the Oxford Book of English Verse (http://www.bartleby.com/101/), edited by the venerable Q (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch), and see what inspired Helene to begin the correspondence in the first place (basically she decided to read everything Q mentioned, "unless it's fiction.")


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