PG | | Biography, Drama, Romance
True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.
In real-life, Helene Hanff (1916 - 1997) had to struggle to get by. She wrote over twenty plays, none of which were ever produced. While the film refers to her writing for the television show, The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950), she only wrote three episodes. Her other television work was scattered, and for the most part, was for one-shot efforts. She did not see true success until after publishing two books that related to Marks and Co (84, Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street) and the stage, film, and television versions of 84 Charing Cross Road.
Businessman on plane:
Your first trip to London?
Helene Hanff: Yes.
Businessman on plane: You want a word of advice? Don't trust the cab drivers; they'll take you five miles to go three blocks... and, uh, don't waste your time looking at a street map. Nobody can find their way around London - not even ...
Helene Hanff: ...
The words and action in the live shot of Helene's arrest are different from that of the version she watches later on TV.
The production teams in New York and London were almost completely separate, and the closing credits reflect this: in front of a split screen showing Helene in New York and Frank in London, the crews for the two cities scroll side by side. In most cases the same jobs are shown in both columns, and the job titles are then shown in the center.
$24,350 (USA) (16 February 1987)