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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Doel
Jean De Baer ...
Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ...
George Martin
Eleanor David ...
Cecily Farr
Wendy Morgan ...
Megan Wells
Bill Humphries
Anne Dyson ...
Mrs. Boulton
The Lady from Delaware
Ronn Carroll ...
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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


$1,083,486 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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For the second time in her career, Anne Bancroft shared top billing with a co-star (Anthony Hopkins) with whom she never appeared on-screen together in a single scene. Previously, Bancroft shared top billing, but no scenes together, with Sidney Poitier in The Slender Thread (1965). See more »


The Columbia University sit-in at Dodge Hall by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) took place in February 1967, not January 1969 as depicted by in the film. See more »


[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 »


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

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A truly good movie, nothing to change!
18 November 2004 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I will not summarize the plot -- you can read others' comments for that, or, better yet, see this yourself. Classic film buffs who say that there was a Golden Age of Cinema after which all is in decline need to see this one (although I realize that 1987 probably is long enough ago to qualify as a bygone era for younger IMDb users). I would not change a thing in this production. Every member of the cast delivers the goods, the story is moving and truthful, the characters come to life and you're swept up in their lives. When you weary of car chases with explosions, language you can't repeat to your mom, cliché-ridden distortions of human relationships and humor based on normally-private bodily functions, give yourself a treat and watch this movie. If you think only hobbits can be sweet and kind and show us the Good that can reside in common folk, check out the humans in this one. If you . . . never mind, just see it.

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