I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  22 March 1979 (Colombia)
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If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So they (six young girls from New Jersey) set off even though they don't have ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Kendall Newman ...
Christian Juttner ...
Will Jordan ...
Read Morgan ...
Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones ...
James Houghton ...
James Hewitson ...
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If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So they (six young girls from New Jersey) set off even though they don't have tickets for the show! The journey is full of surprises and misfortunes but the young ladies are determined to reach to their idols... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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these youngsters are suffering from a highly contagious disease called beatlemania. The symptoms are...screaming hysteria hyperventilation fainting fits seizures and spasmodic convulsions It isn't fatal but it sure is fun.


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

22 March 1979 (Colombia)  »

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Beatlemania  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Four of the film's stars -- Bobby Di Cicco, Wendie Jo Sperber, Nancy Allen, and Eddie Deezen -- would go on to appear in 1941 (1979), which was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. See more »


The title of the film is "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" but the title of The Beatles song is "I Want to Hold Your Hand". See more »


Ed Sullivan: And so, I want you to be prepared for excessive screaming, hysteria, hyperventilation, fainting, fits, seizures, spasmodic convulsions, even attempted suicides. All perfectly normal. Merely means that these youngsters are enjoying themselves.
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »


From Me to You
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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She Loves You, Yeah Yeah Yeah
12 April 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The most important thing about the Beatles arriving in America in January of 1964 to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show is not even mentioned in I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The fact is we were a nation in mourning with our young president slain. The Beatles coming to America was the first thing as a country we got any kind of excited about.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand is the story of four young teen girls from New Jersey, Nancy Allen, Wendy Jo Sperber, Susan Kendall Newman, and Theresa Saldana and their quest to see the Beatles up close and personal and maybe get tickets to the Ed Sullivan Show. They inveigle young Marc McClure who is the son of a funeral director in their town to use his limousine, the better to get up to the hotel the Liverpool Lads are staying at. They also pick up Bobby DiCicco who hates the Beatles as foreigners and who are taking the place of his idols the Four Seasons. He's on a mission of his own to halt the broadcast by fair or foul. As history tells us he failed, but you got to see what intervened to prevent him from carrying out his task.

Best in the film is Wendy Jo Sperber, the Beatlemaniac on steroids. She is hilarious in her attempts to get to her Fab Four. Most annoying in the film is Eddie Deezen the nerdy kid she teams up with in her quest. I mean he comes off like SuperNerd, his lack of social graces is painful to watch.

Pieces and whole songs from The Beatles are heard throughout the film, fans will love it. Robert Zemeckis who directed and wrote the film had a real feel for those crazy times in New York in 1964.

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