84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road

David Jones (3) (1986)

95min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Adapted from Helene Hanff's bestselling account of her dealings with the staff of a London bookshop, this is an absolute delight. Building his film around the letters exchanged between Hanff and manager Frank Doel, director David Jones manages to create utterly credible characters, convey something of the beauty of books and make some telling comparisons between the gloomy reserve of postwar Britain and the effervescence of Cold War America. However, what makes this gentle drama so compelling are the performances of Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, who ingeniously fashion a romance between two people who never met.

Summary

An outspoken writer from New York reminisces about her correspondence of many years with an antiquarian bookseller in London, which began as a business arrangement and developed into a close relationship. Romantic drama based on the real-life experiences of Helene Hanff, starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench and Maurice Denham.

Cast & Crew

Helene Hanff Anne Bancroft
Frank Doel Anthony Hopkins
Nora Doel Judi Dench
Maxine Bellamy Jean De Baer
George Martin Maurice Denham
Cecily Farr Eleanor David
Kay Mercedes Ruehl
Brian Daniel Gerroll
Megan Wells Wendy Morgan
Bill Humphries Ian McNeice
Director David Jones (3)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama