84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road

DVD - 2002
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A New York writer with a passion for literature writes to a London bookstore in search of rare classics. A good-natured, reserved Englishman answers her request, beginning a relationship that spans two continents and two decades.


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May 31, 2020

I was apprehensive about watching a movie about a letter correspondence - but I was thoroughly entertained by this character study and post-war austerity piece.

ArapahoeJillA Jul 02, 2018

Any lover of books, bookstores, letter writing, and long distance friendships will truly enjoy this movie. It was a book first, which is also definitely worth picking up!

Apr 04, 2018

Watched on 4/4/18. Even though an unlikely romance story, the superb acting by Ann Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins makes this movie well worth watching. Plus, the centuries-old artifacts and architecture of London, shown in many scenes, tugged at my heart strings, not to mention the fact that the two protagonists are book lovers--kindred spirits of mine.

Hopkins exudes depth and sadness, personifying the old saw that silence speaks volumes. The character played by Bancroft is much more expressive, as is typical with women. Amusingly, her chain smoking, a common trait of the early 1960s, the era in which this movie is based, would be balked at nowadays. Both stars seemed to be acting themselves. Bravo to them.

Judi Dench as Hopkins's withdrawn wife deserves many mentions, too. The final scene, in which she wrote to her deceased husband's lover for the first time, is inordinately moving. At my advanced age, I like to say that the elderly, even if still young looking, nonetheless look their age because their body language, even when they smile, emanates worldliness and, oftentimes, disillusion with the ways of the world and with people.


Well acted. Charming content but ending is not satisfying, feels like they ran out of ideas for closure.

Jun 04, 2017

Great movie. Charming and literate. Saw it on cable as a youngster and still love it. Great acting !!!!! LOVE IT

Nov 14, 2015

I enjoyed this movie very much and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins were exactly the right choices to play the characters. It's non-violent, has no spectacular stunt scenes, just a sweet story of two people's interaction over many years.

Aug 24, 2015

Rated 8/10.


booklady413 Aug 19, 2013

I saw this move many years ago. It was even better the second time around! Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft shine.

Jan 26, 2010

Loved the books by Helene Hanff, and was delighted that this movie is not a disappointment. Obviously a labour of love.


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