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84 Charing Cross Road ()


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

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
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Helene Hanff
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Frank P. Doel
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Nora Doel
Jean De Baer ...
Maxine Stuart
Maurice Denham ...
George Martin
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Cecily Farr
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Kay
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Brian
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Megan Wells
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Bill Humphries
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Ginny
Tom Isbell ...
Ed
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Mrs. Boulton
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The Lady from Delaware
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Businessman on Plane
Sam Stoneburner ...
New York Bookseller
Charles Lewsen ...
The Print Buyer
Bernie Passeltiner ...
Willie, the Deli Owner
Michael John McGann ...
Maxine's Stage Manager
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Bill's Great Aunt
Roger Ostime ...
Stately Home Butler
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Labour Party Canvasser
Betty Low ...
Maxine's Mom
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Joey, the Dentist
David Davenport ...
Coronation Party Friend
Max Harvey ...
Coronation Party Friend
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Coronation Party Friend
Freda Rogers ...
Coronation Party Friend
Marty Glickman ...
Baseball Commentator
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Demolition Workman
Kevin McClarnon ...
Arresting Cop at Columbia
Janet Dale ...
Joan Todd (Mrs) Secretary
Zoe Hodges ...
Mary Doel, Aged 4
Kate Napier Brown ...
Mary Doel Aged 21
Rebecca Bradley ...
Sheila Doel, Aged 12
Barbara Thorn ...
Sheila Doel Aged 29
Danielle Burns ...
Cecily Farr's daughter
Lee Burns ...
Cecily Farr's son
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Student Union Leader (uncredited)
Jill Powell ...
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Conservative Candidate at Polling Station (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Hugh Jones ... (as David Jones)

Written by

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Helene Hanff ... (book)
 
James Roose-Evans ... (play)
 
Hugh Whitemore ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Randy Auerbach ... associate producer
Mel Brooks ... executive producer
Geoffrey Helman ... producer
Jo Lustig ... associate producer

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George Fenton

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Brian West ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Chris Wimble

Editorial Department

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Ken Eluto ... first assistant editor: New York
Chris Peppe ... second assistant editor: London
Liz Webber ... first assistant editor: London

Makeup Department

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Lynda Armstrong ... makeup artist
Peter Frampton ... chief makeup artist: London
Leslie Fuller ... chief makeup artist: New York
Betty Glasow ... hairdresser: London
Jean-Paul ... chief hairdresser: New York
Sue Love ... chief hairdresser: London

Production Management

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Ken Golden ... production manager: New York
Gerry Levy ... production manager: London

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Carol Brock ... third assistant director: London
Julia Cort ... third assistant director: New York (as Julia E. Cort)
Paul Frift ... second assistant director: London
Danny Irom ... DGA trainee: New York
Johanna Jensen ... second assistant director: New York
Mark McGann ... first assistant director: New York
Jake Wright ... first assistant director: London

Art Department

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Alan Bailey ... property master: London
John Bailey ... dressing props: London
Ray Barrett ... construction manager: London
Charley Beal ... assistant art director: New York (as Charles Beal)
Carey Bozanich ... stand-by props: New York
Anthony Cain ... scenic and lettering artist: London
Carl Catanese ... stand-by props: New York (as Carl J. Catanese)
William Chaiken ... scenic and lettering artist: New York (as Bill Chaiken)
Fred Chalfy ... dressing props: New York (as Fred Chalfey)
Stephen Challenor ... stand-by carpenter: London
Desmond Crowe ... draftsman: London
Eileen Diss ... production designer: London
Edward Garzero ... scenic and lettering artist: New York (as Edward Gazero)
Jeff Globbe ... construction stage manager: New York
Kevin Harris ... key set builder: London
Steve Hedinger ... scenic and lettering artist: London (as Steven Hedinger)
Ron Higgins ... stand-by props: London
Roger Hulme ... production buyer: London
Otto Jacoby ... construction manager: New York
Laurie Kerr ... carpenter
Judith Lang ... assistant art director: London
John A. Newman ... stand-by painter: London
Jaimie Paredes ... key set builder: New York
Edward Pisoni ... production designer: New York
Gretchen Rau ... set decorator: New York
Thomas Hudson Reeve ... dressing props: New York (as Thomas Reeve)
Sonja Roth ... set dresser
Steve Short ... stand-by props: London
Michele Sommer ... property master: New York
Larry Walden ... dressing props: London
Keith Wall ... dressing props: New York
Michael Wells ... stand-by stagehand: London
Steve Wheeler ... dressing props: London
Jack Dyer ... chargehand stagehand (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alper ... sound mixer: New York
Paul Cridlin ... sound maintenance: London
Mike Dowson ... re-recording mixer
Rick Field ... sound maintenance: New York
Peter Holt ... second sound editor: London
David John ... sound mixer: London
Matthew Launay ... sound boom: London (as Matthew Launey)
Andy Nelson ... dubbing mixer: London
Alan Paley ... sound editor: London
David Platt ... sound boom: New York
Reilly Steele ... sound recordist: New York
Jeremy Strachan ... assistant sound editor: London
Lionel Strutt ... re-recording mixer

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Simon Dowling ... main title designer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dave Carroll ... grip: New York
Don Cerrone ... camera key grip: New York
Phil Clark ... grip: New York
Maurizio Dotto ... clapper loader: New York
Daniel Ehrenbard ... best boy electric: New York (as Dan Ehrenbard)
John Flemming ... camera key grip: London
David J. Frederick ... camera focus: New York (as Dave Frederick)
David Hughes ... best boy electric: London
Martin Hume ... camera focus: London
Roger Kimpton ... grip: New York
Jonathan Lumley ... electric gaffer: New York
Terry Nightingall ... clapper loader: London
Barry Peake ... still photographer: London
William Poynter ... stand-by rigger: London
Steve Ramsey ... grip: New York
Laurie Shane ... electric gaffer: London
Daniel L. Turrett ... camera operator: New York (as Dan Turrett)
Cecilia Vettraino ... still photographer: New York
Kenneth J. Withers ... camera operator: London (as Ken Withers)

Casting Department

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Judy Courtney ... casting: New York
Louis DiGiaimo ... extras casting: New York (as Lou Digiaimo)
Marilyn Johnson ... casting: London
D.L. Newton ... casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Judy Bagley-Shaw ... wardrobe assistant: London
David Charles ... assistant to costume designer: New York
Jane Greenwood ... costume designer: New York
Lindy Hemming ... costume designer: London
Suzanne McCabe ... wardrobe assistant: New York
Roseann Milano ... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Joyce Stoneman ... wardrobe supervisor: London
Frank Vinall ... wardrobe master: London

Location Management

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Richard Dobson ... location manager: London
Jeremy Flach ... location assistant: New York
Nigel Gostelow ... location assistant: London
Steve Schottenfeld ... location manager: New York (as Steven Schottenfeld)

Music Department

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George Fenton ... conductor
George Frideric Handel ... music: from "Messiah"
Ian Samwell ... composer: song "Watcha Gonna Do About It"
Robert Stewart ... orchestrator: London
John Warren ... orchestrator: London

Transportation Department

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Harry J. Leavey ... transportation captain: New York (as Harry Leavey)
Michael Marks ... transportation captain: London

Other crew

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Bi Benton ... production office coordinator: London
Stefanie Brooks ... assistant auditor: New York
Beryl Brown ... assistant auditor: London
Stanley Burridge ... production auditor: London
Robert Cohen ... production assistant: New York
Matthew Coles ... production office runner: London
Sophie Dasic ... assistant to producer: London
Eileen Eichenstein ... production office coordinator: New York
Mark Fitzmartin ... production assistant: New York
Josie Fulford ... script supervisor: London
Jeff Hammond ... production assistant: New York
Tom Harvey ... floor runner: London
Joy Helman ... unit publicist
Jo Jones ... production assistant: New York
Amy Kaplan ... production assistant: New York
Alice Katz ... production assistant: New York
Christine M. Kiolbassa ... production assistant: New York (as Christine Kiolbassa)
Barbara R. Miller ... production auditor: New York
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan ... script supervisor: New York (as Cornelia Rogan)
Jim Rubin ... production office runner: New York

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Poste restante (France)
  • La carta final (Spain)
  • Zwischen den Zeilen (West Germany)
  • Nunca te Vi, Sempre te Amei (Brazil)
  • Egy ház Londonban (Hungary)
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  • 100 min
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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 Toward the end of the movie, Helene Hanff says that "it would have been worth learning Old English to read Chaucer". Chaucer did not write in Old English, he wrote in Middle English. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Over the Top/84 Charing Cross Road/Death Before Dishonor/Working Girls (1987). See more »
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 »
Quotes Helene Hanff: I love inscriptions on flyleafs and notes in margins. I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned and reading passages someone long-gone has called my attention to.
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