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New York City bibliophile Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) writes to the London bookshop Marks & Co in search of some titles she has not been able to turn up locally. Store manager Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) responds politely to her chatty letter, and over the course of two decades, a deep, long-distance friendship evolves. Based on Hanff's epistolary memoir and its later two-person stage adaptation, the film version incorporates new characters, including Doel's wife, Nora (Judi Dench).

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  • Sep 11, 2010
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2010
    ann bancroft is a american wanting rare british books, anthony hopkins is at a bookstore in london, sending her rare books, they spark up a friendship via letters back and fourth as she builds up a collection of books from him, both are charming, story engageing, and a story all about the what ifs in this world, a gentle sunday afternoon film working well
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2007
    lovely intelligent film with two outstanding performances.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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