84 Charing Cross Road
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84 Charing Cross Road
Helene Hanff's book 84 Charing Cross Road had previously been a TV program and a stage play before it was converted into this 1986 film. The scene is New York, 1949: Anne Bancroft plays a struggling writer and passionate bibliophile, who answers an advertisement from a rare-volumes bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. Thus begins a two-decade romance by correspondence between Bancroft and Briton Anthony Hopkins, the man in charge of the overseas department of Marks and Company. Though several meetings are arranged, Bancroft and Hopkins never come face to face thanks to mitigating… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has nothing to do with easy nostalgia; it's about real, credible people, and as such finally becomes very moving."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This wonderful little gem is something of a critic-proof cult item in my house."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"By a miracle of writing, acting and direction, what could have been a deadly moviegoing experience is turned into something very like pure gold."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The result of this high-powered collaboration is a movie of such unrelieved genteelness that it makes one long to head for Schrafft's for a double-gin martini, straight up, and a stack of cinnamon toast from which the crusts have been removed."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A staid, static movie that wins us over with its outstanding performances and its love of books."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Hopkins and Dench are wonderful together."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"84 Charing Cross Road is a movie made for people who love London and books. The only problem is that the heroine doesn't get to London until it's too late, and nobody ever seems to read in this movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Vividly conveys the magical ways that friendship can open up new worlds of experience and meaning."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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