84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road

DVD - 2002
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Helene Hanff is a New Yorker who loves books but cannot afford expensive ones. When she sees an ad in the Saturday Review for a London bookstore, she sends them her want list and is soon delighted to receive a package of used books - good readable editions, cheap. She begins a correspondence with the bookseller, Frank Doel. Built on a basis of mutually held taste, knowledge, interests and consideration, the bond between the lonely New Yorker and the reserved Londoner lasts for years without the two people ever meeting each other. Based on a true story and the long running play.
Publisher: Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2002
ISBN: 9780767881487
Branch Call Number: DVD EIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Eighty-four Charing Cross Road


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ArapahoeJillA Jul 02, 2018

Any lover of books, bookstores, letter writing, and long distance friendships will truly enjoy this movie. It was a book first, which is also definitely worth picking up!

Apr 04, 2018

Watched on 4/4/18. Even though an unlikely romance story, the superb acting by Ann Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins makes this movie well worth watching. Plus, the centuries-old artifacts and architecture of London, shown in many scenes, tugged at my heart strings, not to mention the fact that the two protagonists are book lovers--kindred spirits of mine.

Hopkins exudes depth and sadness, personifying the old saw that silence speaks volumes. The character played by Bancroft is much more expressive, as is typical with women. Amusingly, her chain smoking, a common trait of the early 1960s, the era in which this movie is based, would be balked at nowadays. Both stars seemed to be acting themselves. Bravo to them.

Judi Dench as Hopkins's withdrawn wife deserves many mentions, too. The final scene, in which she wrote to her deceased husband's lover for the first time, is inordinately moving. At my advanced age, I like to say that the elderly, even if still young looking, nonetheless look their age because their body language, even when they smile, emanates worldliness and, oftentimes, disillusion with the ways of the world and with people.


Well acted. Charming content but ending is not satisfying, feels like they ran out of ideas for closure.

Jun 04, 2017

Great movie. Charming and literate. Saw it on cable as a youngster and still love it. Great acting !!!!! LOVE IT

Nov 14, 2015

I enjoyed this movie very much and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins were exactly the right choices to play the characters. It's non-violent, has no spectacular stunt scenes, just a sweet story of two people's interaction over many years.

Aug 24, 2015

Rated 8/10.


booklady413 Aug 19, 2013

I saw this move many years ago. It was even better the second time around! Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft shine.

Jan 26, 2010

Loved the books by Helene Hanff, and was delighted that this movie is not a disappointment. Obviously a labour of love.

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