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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 & 4 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 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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Certificate:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$1,083,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,486
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the first of two 1980s movies which had numerated titles prefixed by the number "84". The second was 84C MoPic (1989). The 1980s also produced a new version of George Orwell's novel 1984 (1984). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Larry King Live: Episode dated 27 July 1993 (1993) See more »

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Next time, I'm in London!
4 June 2002 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

84 Charing Cross Road is a wonderful enchanting film about the differences and similarities between the Brits and the New Yorkers over the years. Helene Hanff really was a special writer. She gave an identity to 84 Charing Cross Road to last a lifetime. Her letter writing relationship between a bookstore and herself is one of legendary stories to become part of London and New York. Sadly, she died 5 years ago. I am sure that 84 Charing Cross Road will always remember the writer, Helene Hanff, who inspired such a legacy. Anyway the film has a wonderful cast like Anne Bancroft who is ageless in the role. Sir Anthony Hopkins as the bookseller. Dame Judi Dench as his wife and Maurice Denham in a supporting role. Also, I have been to London three more times since I wrote this review and sadly this time, I made the effort to visit 84 Charing Cross Road, sorry folks, it's a Pizza Hut and I had dinner there tonight anyway. THere is no plaque. I still think Anne Bancroft was superb now that she's gone. So has Maurice Denham since I last wrote this review. God Bless them wherever they are.


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