PG | | Biography, Drama, Romance
True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.
The dramatic device of "breaking of the fourth wall" (speaking directly to the camera) was done in an unusual way in this movie, as whenever Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) speaks directly into the camera, she is speaking to her correspondent, Frank P. Doel (Sir Anthony Hopkins), and when Doel speaks to the camera, he is speaking to Hanff. This did not originate in the screenplay, but in the stage play.
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: ...
Businessman on plane: ...
The Columbia University sit-in at Dodge Hall by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) took place in February 1967, not January 1969 as depicted by in the film.
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 16 February 1987