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With a cast like this, how can you lose?

by Rose on 3/15/2003

Heartwarming true story of American author played by Anne Bancroft who, in a quest for a vintage book, starts a pen pal relationship with an antique books shopowner in England. Anthony Hopkins is the shopowner who becomes her friend and book supplier for 20 years. This is a wonderful story that you'll want to share with your friends who like to find such a hidden gem of a movie! Read More

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40166865
UPC 043396077621
UPC 14 00043396077621
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note While 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.
Plot Summary
Summary In 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.
Reviews
Variety "...An appealing film on several counts, one of the most notable being Anne Bancroft's fantastic performance....Genuinely moving..." 01/28/1987
Los Angeles Times "...A joyous celebration of the life of the imagination....The film affords both Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins some of the warmest and most winning moments of their screen careers..." 03/20/1987 p.C1
Sight and Sound "...An astute and moving dramatisation of the long correspondence between New York writer and bibliophile Helene Hanff and London second-hand bookshop manager Frank Doel..." 10/01/2002 p.62
Directors
David Jones
Actors
Anthony Hopkins
Anne Bancroft
Cast & Crew
Jean De Baer - Star
Maurice Denham - Star
Mercedes Ruehl - Star
Eleanor David - Star
Anthony Hopkins - Star
Judi Dench - Star
Anne Bancroft - Star
Wendy Morgan - Star
Daniel Gerroll - Star
Helene Hanff - Source Writer
Hugh Whitemore - Screenwriter
David Jones - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 07762
UPC 00043396077621
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hopkins,Anthony
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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