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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

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Helene Hanff's book 84 Charing Cross Road had previously been a TV program and a stage play before it was converted into this 1986 film. The scene is New York, 1949: Anne Bancroft plays a struggling writer and passionate bibliophile, who answers an advertisement from a rare-volumes bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. Thus begins a two-decade romance by correspondence between Bancroft and Briton Anthony Hopkins, the man in charge of the overseas department of Marks and Company. Though

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Drama, Romance

Helene Hanff, James Roose-Evans, Hugh Whitemore

May 21, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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This wonderful little gem is something of a critic-proof cult item in my house.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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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.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

By a miracle of writing, acting and direction, what could have been a deadly moviegoing experience is turned into something very like pure gold.

August 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hopkins and Dench are wonderful together.

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for 84 Charing Cross Road

lovely intelligent film with two outstanding performances.
December 17, 2007
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jay nixon

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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.
September 11, 2010
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Bill Cavros

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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.
May 12, 2008
David Sayers

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