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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.

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 & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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A true story


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca te vi, siempre te amé See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In real-life, Helene Hanff did eventually visit the book shop at 84 Charing Cross Road, but by this time, it had closed. Hanff had postponed her journey there too long, due to financial problems and a reluctance to travel, with pen-pal Frank Doel dying due from peritonitis from a burst appendix in December of 1968. Hanff eventually got to 84 Charing Cross Road in the Summer of 1971 to greet an empty premises. Hanff recounted this visit in her 1973 book "The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street". In this work, according to Wikipedia, "Hanff describes her visits with friends and fans to various locations and places of literary and historical interest in London and Southern England. This trip was a highlight of her life, her modesty and sense of humor are evident as she talks about the friends, including Frank Doel's wife, Nora, and daughter, Sheila, who were so devoted to her because of 84 Charing Cross Road, and her love of London." 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

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

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A love story, but not the way you're thinking
10 March 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Helene and Frank never actually say they love each other - hell, they never even meet - but they love each other in an unspoken way that people today would not understand. The movie never plays it for sappy romance; its way better than stooping to that level of convention. They are good to one another and enrich one another's life - isn't that love?

Hopkins has an amazing moment when Helene has to cancel her trip to London due to some much-needed dental work. His face shows so many things, all at once, that it really is beautiful and breaks my heart, no matter how often I see it.

For Oscar fans - this movie has four winners - Bancroft, Hopkins, Mercedes Ruehl and Judi Dench.

I am grateful that this movie got made with such care and humanity.


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