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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1978 (UK)
Six teenagers from New Jersey run off to go to a Beatles concert to meet their idols, despite not having tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

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Susan Kendall Newman ...
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Christian Juttner ...
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Read Morgan ...
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Claude Earl Jones ...
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Vito Carenzo ...
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Storyline

If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So they (six teenagers 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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1978 (UK)  »

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Beatlemania  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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At the end of the Ed Sullivan broadcast in I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, Will Jordan as Sullivan announces that The Beatles will return the following week for a broadcast co-starring the Budapest Ballerinas and Will Jordan himself. The actual announced co-star of that broadcast was, in fact, Mitzi Gaynor, and Jordan never appeared on an "Ed Sullivan Show" on which The Beatles also performed in person. However, one notable impressionist did appear on a Sullivan broadcast alongside The Beatles - Frank Gorshin, on the real-life broadcast of February 9, 1964, that was depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Pre opening credits: NEW YORK CITY Saturday, February 8, 1964 2:15/2:16 P.M. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of '1941' (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Your Man
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Just simple fun
5 June 2000 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

I never heard of that movie in 1978! I saw it a few years ago and I was asking myself why I never heard of that film in 1978! This is not a great comedy movie : just plain fun and entertainment, in a very creative and honest way. Even if there's some cliche (the old-fashioned rocker of the 1950's, the beatnik girl, the cars) I think it captures very well the Beatlemania in a teenage 1964 point of view. Young actresses are very good and comedy situation are pleasants. I also love the idea of hearing only the voices of the Beatles, and showing only their feet, as if they were adultes in a children comic strip. I have this on tape - thanks to PBS! - and I watch it once a year, just for smiling.


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