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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

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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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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.

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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22 March 1979 (Colombia)  »

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Beatlemania  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Will Jordan, as Ed Sullivan, announces next week's acts after The Beatles finish their segment. He says that a young man will appear who does an impersonation of him (Ed Sullivan), named Will Jordan. See more »

Goofs

Dubois' dashboard reveals a picture of The Beatles in a scene from "A Hard Day's Night" which did not begin filming until March 1964, one month after The Beatles' first appearance on the Sullivan show. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Petrofsky: [the Beatles limo is taking off] Look, There they go!
Richard 'Ringo' Klaus: Hey, wait a minute! That limo got Jersey plates!
Tony Smerko: [Hesitates] Nah, it couldn't be.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Place
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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With Eddie Deezen as a Beatlemaniac, what could go wrong?
25 November 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As someone who never experienced Beatlmania when it first started, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" helps me experience it as best as possible. The plot centers on some teenage girls who want to see the Fab Four on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. But the movie's highlight is geeky Eddie Deezen as Richard "Ringo" Klaus. His performance alone pretty much carries the movie. Of course, the movie's real star is the music. With all of the Beatles' songs, there's never a dull moment in the movie. Also really funny is Bobby DiCicco as Beatle-hating Tony Smerko; he has some great scenes. It's hard to believe that Robert Zemeckis started here.

As an extra note, many of the cast members appeared in "1941" the next year. Needless to say, Eddie Deezen played the same sort of character.


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