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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)

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(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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helene Hanff
... Frank P. Doel
... Nora Doel
Jean De Baer ... Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ... George Martin
... Cecily Farr
... Kay
... Brian
... Megan Wells
... Bill Humphries
... Ginny
Tom Isbell ... Ed
... Mrs. Boulton
... The Lady from Delaware
... 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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13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca te vi, siempre te amé  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,350, 16 February 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,083,486
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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

Version of Play for Today: 84, Charing Cross Road (1975) See more »

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A poignant and well-crafted story of long-distance friendship.
2 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an example of how the cinematic medium can powerfully explore a mundane activity as letter writing. The movement of the characters through their activities and concerns over different times of life and across 2 physically separated cultures is smooth, subtle and engaging. The movie does not contain the bombast that many others seem to be more pre-occupied with. Rather the viewer is taken into the quiet enjoyment of human conversation and communication. And just like a good conversation, one is left with both satisfaction and longing.


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