84 Charing Cross Road (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)




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In this film, an American writer answers an advertisement from a rare-book store in London and begins a two-decade romance via correspondence with a man in the overseas department. Despite several attempts, they never manage to meet. She finally makes it to London only to find the man long gone.

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Anthony Hopkins
as Frank Doel
Anne Bancroft
as Helene Hanff
Judi Dench
as Nora Doel
Jean De Baer
as Maxine Bellamy
Eleanor David
as Cecily Farr
Wendy Morgan
as Megan Wells
Ian McNeice
as Bill Humphries
Anne Dyson
as Mrs. Boulton
Connie Booth
as Lady From Delaware
Ronn Carroll
as Businessman on Plane
Sam Stoneburner
as New York Bookseller
Charles Lewsen
as Print Buyer
Bernie Passeltiner
as Willie, Deli Owner
Michael John McGann
as Maxine's Stage Manager
Gwen Nelson
as Bill's Great Aunt
Roger Ostime
as Stately Home Butler
John Bardon
as Labour Party Canvasser
Betty Low
as Maxine's Mom
James Eckhouse
as Joey the Dentist
David Davenport
as Coronation Party Friend
Max Harvey
as Coronation Party Friend
Rupert Holliday Evans
as Coronation Party Friend
Freda Rogers
as Coronation Party Friend
Marty Glickman
as Baseball Commentator
Tony Todd
as Demolition Workman
Kevin McClarnon
as Cop at Columbia
Janet Dale
as Joan Todd
Zoe Hodges
as Mary Doel at Age 4
Kate Napier Brown
as Mary Doel At Age 21
Rebecca Bradley
as Sheila Doel at Age 12
Barbara Thorn
as Sheila Doel at Age 29
Danielle Burns
as Cecily Farr's Child
Lee Burns
as Cecily Farr's Child
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Critic Reviews for 84 Charing Cross Road

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

The film has nothing to do with easy nostalgia; it's about real, credible people, and as such finally becomes very moving.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"84 Charing Cross Road" is a valuable film for all of the right reasons of theatrical balance and narrative truth. It is a movie that hits you like a live play.

August 29, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This wonderful little gem is something of a critic-proof cult item in my house.

February 10, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A staid, static movie that wins us over with its outstanding performances and its love of books.

March 26, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for 84 Charing Cross Road


If you are really into reading and posting reviews on this site you are probably the kind of person who would like this movie. Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft carry on a long term relationship based entirely using there opinions and reviews of books. Even with this limitation it is still some of the best character development set to screen. Bancroft makes the opening play by sending a letter to Hopkins asking him to sell her good cheap books. Hopkins plays a reserved well educated clerk in a second hand book store in postwar London. Bancroft plays outspoken and fairly brash aspiring writer in New York. Hopkins makes selections and Bancroft keeps ordering more books and comments on his selection. The relationship slowly evolves over twenty years leaving there friendship more important than the book crossing the Atlantic.

Bill Cavros
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

A nice Sunday afternoon film. Nice to see Hopkins in something before he became a big star (when he still tried to act!). No-one does repressed Englishman better than him and this character ranks with his Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, Howards End and Elephant Man characters. Bancroft is great too. It's really a film of two halves. If they ever remake it they they use two directors; one to shoot the London section and the other to shoot the NY section. Would be an interesting experiment.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer


lovely intelligent film with two outstanding performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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