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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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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
Wendy Morgan ...
Megan Wells
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Bill Humphries
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Ginny
Tom Isbell ...
Ed
Anne Dyson ...
Mrs. Boulton
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The Lady from Delaware
Ronn Carroll ...
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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  »

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$1,083,486 (USA)
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Trivia

The year that Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) started corresponding was 1949. It continued until 1969. Frank Doel passed away in December of 1968. Hanff wrote her "84 Charing Cross Road" book in 1970. She finally went to the address in 1971. She wrote the book having at the time never been there. 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 »

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For once you shouldn't read the book
12 February 2002 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

When you first take a look at the story, 84CCR hasn't much going on for it. A movie about books(even worse: old books!), for 75% told off-screen and with two stars who don't share one scene together. It's a miracle that this movie has so much impact on the viewer. The atmosphere is really tense, it's like you're in that little dusty bookstore and you really like the characters, though you don't know that much about them. Great acting by all. Hopkins, playing a character that resembles the ones he played in Shadowlands and even Remains of the Day, is impossibly convincing in his role. Anne Bancroft, although sometimes slightly over the top when she talks to the viewer, makes a great match.

Rating:8/10

Most Memorable Movie Moment: Bancroft raving on about the works of John Donne.


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