84 Charing Cross Road (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

84 Charing Cross Road Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

An American writer answers an advertisement from a rare-book store in London, beginning a two-decade romance via correspondence with a man in the overseas department. Despite several attempts, they never manage to meet. She finally makes it to London only to find both the man and the shop long gone.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Helene Hanff, James Roose-Evans, Hugh Whitemore
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Anthony Hopkins
as Frank Doel
Anne Bancroft
as Helene Hanff
Judi Dench
as Nora Doel
Jean De Baer
as Maxine Bellamy
Eleanor David
as Cecily Farr
Wendy Morgan
as Megan Wells
Ian McNeice
as Bill Humphries
Anne Dyson
as Mrs. Boulton
Connie Booth
as Lady From Delaware
Ronn Carroll
as Businessman on Plane
Sam Stoneburner
as New York Bookseller
Charles Lewsen
as Print Buyer
Bernie Passeltiner
as Willie, Deli Owner
Michael John McGann
as Maxine's Stage Manag...
Gwen Nelson
as Bill's Great Aunt
Roger Ostime
as Stately Home Butler
John Bardon
as Labour Party Canvass...
Betty Low
as Maxine's Mom
James Eckhouse
as Joey the Dentist
David Davenport
as Coronation Party Fri...
Max Harvey
as Coronation Party Fri...
Freda Rogers
as Coronation Party Fri...
Marty Glickman
as Baseball Commentator
Tony Todd
as Demolition Workman
Kevin McClarnon
as Cop at Columbia
Rupert Holliday Evan...
as Coronation Party Fri...
Janet Dale
as Joan Todd
Zoe Hodges
as Mary Doel at Age 4
Kate Napier Brown
as Mary Doel At Age 21
Rebecca Bradley
as Sheila Doel at Age 1...
Barbara Thorn
as Sheila Doel at Age 2...
Danielle Burns
as Cecily Farr's Child
Lee Burns
as Cecily Farr's Child
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for 84 Charing Cross Road

Critic Reviews for 84 Charing Cross Road

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

The film has nothing to do with easy nostalgia; it's about real, credible people, and as such finally becomes very moving.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The result of this high-powered collaboration is a movie of such unrelieved genteelness that it makes one long to head for Schrafft's for a double-gin martini, straight up, and a stack of cinnamon toast from which the crusts have been removed.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

84 Charing Cross Road is a movie made for people who love London and books. The only problem is that the heroine doesn't get to London until it's too late, and nobody ever seems to read in this movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This wonderful little gem is something of a critic-proof cult item in my house.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

A staid, static movie that wins us over with its outstanding performances and its love of books.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Vividly conveys the magical ways that friendship can open up new worlds of experience and meaning.

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for 84 Charing Cross Road


lovely intelligent film with two outstanding performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


If you are really into reading and posting reviews on this site you are probably the kind of person who would like this movie. Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft carry on a long term relationship based entirely using there opinions and reviews of books. Even with this limitation it is still some of the best character development set to screen. Bancroft makes the opening play by sending a letter to Hopkins asking him to sell her good cheap books. Hopkins plays a reserved well educated clerk in a second hand book store in postwar London. Bancroft plays outspoken and fairly brash aspiring writer in New York. Hopkins makes selections and Bancroft keeps ordering more books and comments on his selection. The relationship slowly evolves over twenty years leaving there friendship more important than the book crossing the Atlantic.

Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

A nice Sunday afternoon film. Nice to see Hopkins in something before he became a big star (when he still tried to act!). No-one does repressed Englishman better than him and this character ranks with his Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, Howards End and Elephant Man characters. Bancroft is great too. It's really a film of two halves. If they ever remake it they they use two directors; one to shoot the London section and the other to shoot the NY section. Would be an interesting experiment.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

84 Charing Cross Road Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss 84 Charing Cross Road on our Movie forum!