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

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Helene Hanff (book), James Roose-Evans (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Helene Hanff
Anthony Hopkins ... Frank P. Doel
Judi Dench ... Nora Doel
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ... George Martin
Eleanor David ... Cecily Farr
Mercedes Ruehl ... Kay
Daniel Gerroll ... Brian
Wendy Morgan ... Megan Wells
Ian McNeice ... Bill Humphries
J. Smith-Cameron ... Ginny
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Ed
Anne Dyson ... Mrs. Boulton
Connie Booth ... The Lady from Delaware
Ronn Carroll ... Businessman on Plane
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Storyline

When a humorous script-reader in her New York City 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 P. Doel (Sir Anthony Hopkins), the bookseller who works at Marks & Co., 84 Charing Cross Road. Written by Kathy Li

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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title is that it refers to the address of an English antiquarian bookstore, of which its the chief buyer and an American novelist had a long pen-pal correspondence, via the backdrop of buying books for a period spanning nineteen years. See more »

Goofs

Helene says that she wishes Geoffrey Chaucer had kept a diary of his time in the court of Richard III. Chaucer served Edward III and Richard II, more than 150 years before the reign of Richard III. 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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Referenced in Wogan: Episode #7.36 (1987) See more »

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My favourite film
17 August 2004 | by graytartSee 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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84 Charing Cross Road See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,350, 16 February 1987

Gross USA:

$1,083,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,486
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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