84 Charing Cross Road

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"A big love affair that began in a little bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road."
  • PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 7.4  (11,105)

84 Charing Cross Road is a heartwarming drama about the unlikely friendship that forms between two people, who despite living miles apart, found a connection through the written word. The film is set in the 1940s and 1950s and centers around the correspondence between a shy and reserved New York writer named Helene Hanff (played by Anne Bancroft) and the staff of a London-based antiquarian bookshop, located at the titular address of 84 Charing Cross Road.

The movie begins with Helene Hanff, who is an avid reader and aspiring writer, searching for a particular set of books that she is unable to find in the United States. She places an ad in a London newspaper, hoping that someone in England will be able to help her. The owner of Marks & Co. Booksellers, Frank Doel (played by Anthony Hopkins), responds to her ad and that's how their two-decade long relationship begins.

Through a series of letters, Helene and Frank develop a deeply personal relationship, sharing their love of literature, their respective cultures, and even their everyday lives. Their correspondence becomes more than just an exchange of books, but rather a platform for them to open up to each other and share their thoughts and feelings about life.

Throughout the film, the audience follows the evolution of Helene's and Frank's relationship. They write to each other with great frequency, with no topic being off-limits. Helene sends packages of food to the bookshop, and Frank writes back with descriptions of their enjoyment. They develop a mutual respect and admiration for each other, and their differing personalities and worldviews don't diminish their appreciation of one another.

The dichotomy of their lives is stark - Helene is living in New York City, writing to a person she has never met, while Frank is living in bomb-damaged post-World War II London, organizing books in the bookstore. But despite these differences, they find solace in each other's words and develop a deep bond that shapes their lives in ways they never expected.

As the years go on, Helene's career as a writer begins to take off, and Frank takes on the role of manager of the bookshop. But as their lives change, their correspondence continues to grow stronger. Their friendship becomes the only constant in their lives, something they both depend on.

The film is a tribute to the power of words and how they can bring people together, even across great distances. It also highlights the beauty of simple acts of kindness and how they can have a profound impact on someone's life. The film is a touching reminder of the importance of human connection and how it can change our lives for the better.

The performances of the three leads are superb. Anne Bancroft gives a brilliant portrayal of Helene Hanff as a woman who is both independent and vulnerable, while Anthony Hopkins brings grace and depth to the role of Frank Doel. Judi Dench also delivers an excellent performance as Frank's wife, Nora.

Overall, 84 Charing Cross Road is a delightful and charming film that will leave audiences with a renewed appreciation for the power of the written word and the connections that can be formed through it.

84 Charing Cross Road is a 1987 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

84 Charing Cross Road
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    1 hr 40 min
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    7.4  (11,105)