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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

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(as David Jones)

Writers:

(book), (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Nora Doel
Jean De Baer ...
Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ...
George Martin
Eleanor David ...
Cecily Farr
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Kay
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Brian
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Megan Wells
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Bill Humphries
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Ginny
Tom Isbell ...
Ed
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Mrs. Boulton
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The Lady from Delaware
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Businessman on Plane
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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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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca te vi, siempre te amé  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,083,486 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's story is based on the life of Helene Hanff who is portrayed in the film by actress Anne Bancroft. See more »

Goofs

The words and action in the live shot of Helene's arrest are different from that of the version she watches later on TV. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950) See more »

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Simply the best.
12 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

84 Charing Cross Road is one of my favorite movies. Based on the memoirs of Helene Hanff (the book contains the letters from which they read throughout the film), this is the story of a single New York woman named Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) who builds a forty-year friendship with some people who work in a bookstore in England. The movie begins during WWII as Helene, a writer, is searching for out-of-print books and, frustrated at the poor selection in the city's bookstores, starts writing letters to the Marx brother's bookstore in England. Through her letters, she not only becomes a frequent customer, but eventually, becomes quite close with all of the bookstore's employees. And through their letters, they share experiences over the years, which the viewer witnesses through a juxtasposition of two different cultures: American and British.

I like the technique used in this film. The interaction between Helene and her British friends occurs only through letters, so rather than have the characters write a letter and then dub what is written, eventually, the characters just face the camera and say what they would have written, with the camera cutting back and forth for each others response at times as though we suddenly become the recipient of their conversations.

The film also has a wonderful cast with Anne Bancroft as Helene, Anthony Hopkins as the generous Frank P. Doel, Judi Dench as his wife, and Mercedes Ruehl as Helene's neighbor. It is a wonderful story.


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