84 Charing Cross Road [DVD] [1986]

Made a few years before Anthony Hopkins found true international superstardom with The Silence of the Lambs, the lovely 84 Charing Cross Road receives a bungled DVD release from Columbia TriStar. Very much in the tradition of future Hopkins hits as Shadowlands and Remains of the Day, the movie actually received an art house theatrical run in the United States, yet it only gets presented in a pan-and-scan version on this DVD. Kudos to Columbia TriStar for giving viewers Korean, Portuguese, Thai, and Chinese language tracks in addition to the usual French and Spanish ones, but that does little for viewers with a working knowledge of English. A melancholy movie brimming over with beautiful scenes that has earned a following of quiet romantics (similar to other British films such as I Know Where I'm Going and Turtle Diary), 84 Charing Cross Road deserves another DVD edition.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & video
  • Full-screen presentation
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Bonus trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections


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 circumstances. But Anne finally makes it to London, and finds that much has changed. 84 Charing Cross Road was produced by Mel Brooks, the husband of star Anne Bancroft. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anne Bancroft
    Anne Bancroft - Helene Hanff
  • Anthony Hopkins
    Anthony Hopkins - Frank Doel
  • Judi Dench
    Judi Dench - Nora Doel
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    Jean de Baer - Maxine Bellamy
  • Maurice Denham
    Maurice Denham - George Martin

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