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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

aka 84 Charing Cross Road

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Details: 100 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small Helene Hanff
Small Frank P. Doel
Small Nora Doel
No_movie_poster Maxine Stuart
Small George Martin
No_movie_poster Cecily Farr
Small Kay
No_movie_poster Brian
No_movie_poster Megan Wells
Small Bill Humphries


No_movie_poster David Hugh Jones Director
Small Helene Hanff Author
No_movie_poster James Roose-Evans Screenplay
No_movie_poster Hugh Whitemore Screenplay
No_movie_poster Kathy Li Author
Small Mel Brooks Production
Small Helene Hanff Story Contributor
No_movie_poster James Roose-Evans Story Contributor


In 1949 Helene Hanff, in search of obscure classics and British literature titles she has been unable to find in New York City, notices an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature placed by antiquarian booksellers Marks & Co located at the titular address in London. She contacts the shop and chief buyer and manager Frank Doel fulfills her requests. A long distance friendship evolves over time, not only between the two but between Hanff and other staff members as well, including birthday gifts, holiday packages, and food parcels to compensate for post-World War II food shortages in England. Their correspondence includes discussions about topics as diverse as the sermons of John Donne, how to make Yorkshire Pudding, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the coronation of Elizabeth II.

Hanff postpones visiting her English friends until too late: Doel dies in December 1968 and the bookshop eventually closes. She finally visits Charing Cross Road and the vacant shop in the summer of 1971.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2002-05-21