84 Charing Cross Road
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84 Charing Cross Road

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Director: David Jones

Cast: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench

     
 

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David Jones' romantic drama 84 Charing Cross Road comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials includeSee more details below

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David Jones' romantic drama 84 Charing Cross Road comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include trailers for other films. Columbia TriStar could have done more with this title, especially when considering the popularity of Anthony Hopkins.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's hard to build an entire film around charm, but this is essentially what the makers of 84 Charing Cross Road have done. How well they have succeeded will likely depend upon one's appreciation of -- or tolerance for -- the two characters who make up the core of the film. Epistolary in nature, director David Jones has done an admirable job of opening up the static story, finding ways of framing the constant voice-overs by placing the characters in different settings or situations. Hugh Whitemore's screenplay also helps; while there is still little action, he provides pithy, witty dialogue and delineates two strongly defined characters. Ultimately, of course, the film rises or falls on the actors who portray its characters, and there are no complaints here. Anne Bancroft brings her special brand of spunkiness and feistiness to the role, as well as her ability to twist unsuspected emotions from seemingly neutral sentences. Anthony Hopkins' skill and artistry are given free rein here, resulting in a delightfully understated and extremely effective performance. Although the supporting cast -- especially Judi Dench -- is quite good, it's Bancroft and Hopkins who matter here, and they do not disappoint. Even they, however, are unable to overcome the limitations of the film's basic concept. As a result, Charing Cross fails to totally satisfy, despite its charms.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0043396077621
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Bancroft Helene Hanff
Anthony Hopkins Frank Doel
Judi Dench Nora Doel
Jean de Baer Maxine Bellamy
Maurice Denham George Martin
Mercedes Ruehl Kay
Eleanor David Cecily Farr
Daniel Gerroll Brian
Wendy Morgan Megan Wells
Ian McNeice Bill Humphries
J. Smith-Cameron Ginny
Tom Isbell Ed
Danielle Burns Cecily Farr's Daughter
Connie Booth Lady From Delaware
Janet Dale Joan Todd
Betty Low Maxine's Mom
Kate Napier Brown Mary Doel At Age 21
Freda Rogers Coronation Party Friend
Ronn Carroll Businessman on Plane
Barbara Thorn Sheila Doel at Age 29
Anne Dyson Mrs. Boulton
Bernie Passeltiner Willie, Deli Owner
Michael John McGann Maxine's Stage Manager
Charles Lewsen Print Buyer
Sam Stoneburner New York Bookseller
Gwen Nelson Bill's Great Aunt
Roger Ostime Stately Home Butler
John Bardon Labour Party Canvasser
James Eckhouse Joey the Dentist
David Davenport Coronation Party Friend
Rupert Holliday Evans Coronation Party Friend
Marty Glickman Baseball Commentator
Tony Todd Demolition Workman
Kevin McClarnon Cop at Columbia
Zoe Hodges Mary Doel at Age 4
Rebecca Bradley Shela Doel At Age 12

Technical Credits
David Jones Director
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Mel Brooks Executive Producer
Judy Courtney Casting
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Eileen Diss Production Designer
George Fenton Score Composer
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Helman Producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Marilyn Johnson Casting
Gary Levy Production Designer
Jo Lustig Associate Producer
Mark McGann Asst. Director
Edward Pisoni Production Designer
Brian West Cinematographer
Hugh Whitemore Screenwriter
Chris Wimble Editor
Jake Wright Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:23]
2. Answering an Ad [2:10]
3. Frank P. Doel [2:48]
4. Brian the Britisher [3:51]
5. Imaginary Conversations, Vol. 2 [1:19]
6. The Doel Home [2:01]
7. Meat Rationing [1:58]
8. Christmas 1949 [1:21]
9. Food From Denmark [1:19]
10. Willie's Deli [2:26]
11. A Note From Cecily [4:59]
12. Helene's London Fantasy [1:24]
13. Idea of the University [3:37]
14. Conga! [4:11]
15. Easter Parcels [2:55]
16. Elizabethan Love Poems [3:04]
17. Maxine at Marks & Co. [2:06]
18. Ersatz Pepys [3:38]
19. The Babysitter [3:44]
20. A Gift of Linen [3:51]
21. In Hospital [3:36]
22. Nylons for Lent [4:44]
23. Trip Canceled [7:56]
24. Evicted [1:19]
25. Modern Library Thing [8:30]
26. Alive & Kicking [5:04]
27. All Things Must Pass [6:15]
28. Finally Made It [4:38]

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