84 Charing Cross Road details
|Starring:||Anthony Hopkins, Eleanor David, Maurice Denham, Judi Dench, Daniel Gerroll, Wendy Morgan, Anne Bancroft, Jean De Baer, Mercedes Ruehl|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
84 Charing Cross Road
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 May 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
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A film from a kinder worldBy a customer from Wales , 28 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A simply wonderful piece of filmmaking, a gentle, slow-moving piece about the long-distance relationship between an American would-be writer and an English bookseller, as revealed through the personal asides attached to their business correspondence and which developed into a full blown pen-friendship over some 20 years immediately following the War.
It?s a remarkably engaging film, given that in fact nothing really happens ? just a simple tale of ordinary, rather nice people, with the highly restrained, somewhat introverted Londoners very well contrasted with the brasher, louder, more extrovert New Yorkers.
The film has a fine feel for period, being especially good at evoking the austerity of a still-rationed post war London, and the cast is, quite simply, wonderful. Hopkins, in particular, is just so marvellous to watch ? his acting is just so, well, thoughtful. You always know, from a look, from a gesture, what his character?s innermost thoughts are. Just watch (and re-watch!) the scene where he receives a letter with disappointing news, and imparts the news to his secretary. His acting is so understated, so natural, and yet he manages to fully convey the complex series of emotions that letter?s invoked, all of it coming from within character.
The story is based on real events. Sadly, the protagonists are dead now, and the musty antiquarian book shop, redolent of literature, of learning and of more thoughtful and introspective times is also long gone. The site, I believe, subsequently become a record store, and is now some sort of brassy, trashy, wine bar. How times change?.
Apparently this was something of a vanity piece in that Mel Brooks bought the rights to the book as a present for his wife, (Anne Bancroft), who of course took the leading role herself. But if it is a vanity piece, then it?s certainly one of which everybody involved should be very, very proud.
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About as exciting as the actual Charing Cross Rd.By Kirkcudbright (24 reviews) , 03 Feb 2013Mmm, what did I miss? Liked the bits with Anthony Hopkins' family the best. Didn't get it. Like a Catherine Cookson written by a lecturer at some college in America. Does the fact that some people live in New York and some people live in London and they both like books interest you? I don't know, maybe you need to have read the book.
Anthony Hopkins at his bestBy rosief (26 reviews) , 12 May 2011This is such a good film. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant and the whole concept of a relatonship through letters is good. Very sad when he dies and Anne Bancroft tries to catch up with him. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes a good drama.
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Charing Cross RoadBy a customer from Richmond , 06 Feb 2011I loved this film-having read the book before watching,I can say the characters are just right-it brings home the difficulties in post war Britain and how people lived frugally.An act of kindness meant so much.
Superb filmBy a customer from Yorkshire , 04 Feb 2011Beautiful film - sensitive, funny, understated and very moving. This film is beautifully acted by the 2 leads, and restores your faith in human nature.
84 Charing Cross RoadBy joshytw (5 reviews) from southampton , 10 Dec 2010a lovely, gentle film with great actors bringing the characters to life beautifully. a love story through letters that takes you on a journey. touching but not soppy