84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
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|A letter to a london bookstore in search of rare english classics for a new york writer begins a relationship that spans two decades and two continents. Although their personalities and cultures are miles apart, their friendship blossoms into a deeper affection.|
Editor's NoteWhile searching for rare English books, New York writer Helene Hanff's (Anne Bancroft) letter to a London bookstore, run by Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins), begins a relationship between the two that spans two decades and two continents. Although their personalities and cultures are miles apart, their friendship blossoms into a deeper affection. Bancroft's performance earned her the BAFTA award, the British equivalent of the Oscar. Based on James Roose-Evans's play, which was based on Helene Hanff's memoir.
Cast & Crew
|Jean De Baer|
|Helene Hanff - Source Writer|
|Hugh Whitemore - Screenwriter|
|David Jones - Director|
Plot SummaryIn 1949, New Yorker Helene Hanff, a writer with a passion for English literature and a small budget, answers an ad for the London bookstore Marks & Co., which offers rare volumes at low prices. As a result, she takes up a twenty-year correspondence with bookseller Frank Doel, and the store's other employees. They exchange letters and gifts and form a long-distance friendship, but, sadly, never meet face-to-face.