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84 Charing Cross Road [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean de Baer, Maurice Denham
  • Directors: David Jones
  • Producers: Geoffrey Helman
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWUL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A story about love and the love of books, 84 Charing Cross Road features Academy Award(r) winners Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins in stellar performances. Helen Hanff (Bancroft), a feisty New York writer, mails a letter to a small London bookshop requesting some rare English classics. Frank Doel (Hopkins), the reserved English bookseller, answers her request, beginning a touching and humorous correspondence that spans two continents and two decades. Hanff's aloof British demeanor, but their mutual love of books forms a bond that deepens with each passing year. Their intimate, richly detailed letters draw us into their lives as Helen and Frank share theirdreams, hopes, sorrows and joys - and, in doing so, develop a lasting and extraordinary friendship.

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Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) are lifelong friends who never meet in 84 Charing Cross Road, a unique comedy-drama based on a true story. Hanff and Doel are separated by 3,000 miles of ocean and joined by a passion for old books. Their relationship begins when New- Yorker Hanff orders a copy of Pepys' diary. Doel, as polite and soft-spoken as Hanff is loud and overbearing, fields the request from the titular book shop in London. For the next two decades they correspond without ever actually sitting down for tea and crumpets.

Director David Jones (Betrayal) does a reasonably good job of goosing a movie about something as un-cinematic as letter-writing, and the stars have fun chewing scenery on both sides of the Atlantic. The model for this kind of bittersweet relationship is David Lean's Brief Encounter, which, not coincidentally, is glimpsed here when Hanff steps out for a rainy-day matinee. --Glenn Lovell, Amazon.com

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In these days of e-books, and bland books constructed from franchised ideas and formulas, we are presented "84 Charing Cross Road," a story about a relationship begun because of a mutual love of old great books.

Hopkins and Bancroft share a film highlighting both of their genuine personas.

Like Hopkins in "Shadowlands" and "The Remains of the Day," we see him in full glory, as a quiet man of grace and sophistication.

He owns the English bookstore, and Bancroft's character mails him a request for a book. Correspondence and a relationship begins. Contently and confidently married, Hopkins responds as an older brother might, and the two grow to cherish each other despite the distance.

As they care for each other, and slowly, their local friends and family become aware, we see how love transcends the sea. Neither character has an agenda, and this left me feeling a little less cynical about the world around me.

Like so many of today's e-mail- and chatroom-only friendships, they learn to appreciate each other, though knowing only the other as they choose to describe themselves.

This isn't a story about books or bookstores, despite the honest representation of their demeanor and personality. Any booklover knows the search for a book, and the texture of a bookseller's knowledge and connection with his books.

This is a movie about the depth, trust, and love of one unexpected relationship. Book lovers will enjoy the context, and good friends will smile knowingly.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2008
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Authors are fond of saying that the written word can take people anywhere, thinking no doubt of the intense relationship that a reader can have with an engaging author's writing. 84 Charing Cross Road explores a different dimension of how the written word travels: the role of correspondence, a virtually lost art today. The movie deftly displays how you can share your heart with someone you've never met.

The movie is based on 20 years of actual correspondence between New York author Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, the manager of a small London book store. Hanff's in-your-face New York energy and candor are what make the exchange meaningful to viewers. Hanff is a $40 a week script reader as the movie begins but has an affection for British nonfiction that leaves her frustrated with a lack of out-of-print titles in New York. Seeing a small advertisement in The Saturday Review, she writes to Marks & Co. in London (located at 84 Charing Cross Road) asking with trepidation for used books that cost less than $5 each and requesting specific titles.

The movie handles this distance relationship by alternating between receiving and sending correspondence and revealing little bits of the daily lives of those involved. At the core, however, is always a shared passion for books and good writing. The two styles of communicating could not be more different: Hanff doesn't edit her inner thoughts when writing, and Doel is proper and reticent.

The correspondence and relationship take an unexpected turn when Hanff learns how little fresh food English people are allowed during post-war rationing but how cheap it is to send some from Denmark. With a good heart, she sends off a first package . . . and then fears she may offend by having sent a ham to people who keep kosher.
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84 Charing Cross Road was a film I first saw in the Cinema in 1988. It brought memories rushing back to me of my own real life recollections of this wonderfull 'Aladines Cave'of a book emporium !.
I first visted Marks & Co bookshop in 1955 at 84 Charing Cross Road to hunt a copy of T.E Lawrene's
narrative "Seven Pillars of Wisdom", the gentleman there at once set to work to establish if any copies where available.
Within a few minutes of running though the efficient records I was told , yes a very early copy was in stock So from the bowels of their store came this copy used but in mint condition!.by the now famous!"Lawrence of Arabia", it weighed in at a hefty 2 kilo a fine Hard back edition by Jonathan Cape,The kind gentlman called Frank assured me it was at least a Second Edition ,posibly a First !.

84 was one of my early adventures into the world of clasic books and and so in this modern Hi Tec
world at the age of 88 years the Computer is my new world of adventure & travel , I now live on the historic Islands of Malta.
Just a few days ago I was searching for a book(Long out of print) entitled "The travels of a Victorian Photographer" written by an ancestor of mine 'Francis Frith!. So this being the 21st Century and me being in Malta I turned to the internet and the Aladines cave of <www.amazon.co.uk >

Just imagine my amazment & delight when I spotted the name "84 Charing Cross Road Books" flash upon my monitor!
Yes the name now a company based in Hertfordshie HAD got the book I wanted!!. So to return to the Film based upon Hellene Hanff's story I just had to get right up to date and aquire the DVD version of this wonderfull film with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.
While I stll love my books I must confess my little black mouse IS an added tool that leads me
around the world of books and delightfull movies.
Eric.Frith. Malta GC. November 3rd 2010.
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