6.9/10
3,085
38 user 28 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Used Cars (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Pete Belcher, Roger Pancake, Roger Vaughn
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Concert for George (Video 2003)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

George Harrison's friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Director: David Leland
Stars: Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland
The Lift (1972)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man lives out his daily routine until he meets unexpected stress in the form of his buildings elevator.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Fuller
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Stephen MacKenna, Rod Culbertson, John Altman
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie
Two-Fisted Tales (TV Movie 1992)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Stories of an Old West gunfighter's last stand, a drag racer whose past comes back to haunt him, and a World War I soldier's cowardice are introduced by the foul-mouthed, wheelchair-bound Mr. Rush.

Directors: Richard Donner, Tom Holland, and 1 more credit »
Stars: William Sadler, David Morse, Neil Giuntoli
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A flabby black comedian defends his community from attacks by stereotypical whites.

Director: Cliff Roquemore
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Jimmy Lynch
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Jane Fonda, George Segal, Ed McMahon
Two of Us (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have a chat about their lives, and if "The Beatles" will ever reunite. The movie takes place in 1976.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Jared Harris, Ric Reid
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt
Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bobby Di Cicco ...
...
Susan Kendall Newman ...
...
...
...
Christian Juttner ...
Will Jordan ...
Read Morgan ...
Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones ...
Al
James Houghton ...
Michael Hewitson ...
...
Vito Carenzo ...
CBS Security Guard
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Beatlemania  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film executive produced by Steven Spielberg. See more »

Goofs

Smerko tries to stop the Beatles by disabling a 1970s-vintage microwave dish in 1964. See more »

Quotes

Ed Sullivan: Now, I know a lot of you are wondering about tomorrow night's show. Just who are these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves the Beatles? Just what can we expect? Well, let me put it in perspective for you.Now, here a few years ago,we had a young vocalist up on our stage by the name of Elvis Presley. He, a few of you may remember... He caused quite a sensational reaction... among the youngsters in our studio audience. Well, tomorrow night, right here on our stage,we're gonna have Elvis ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

She Loves You
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wouldn't A Remake Be Cool??? peace_love_and_happiness
Favorite Scene monkeesbeatlesfan
Anti-Semitic? kedem524
Major goof...well maybe not so bad... jy342
RIP ----WENDIE JO TLW404
so ...where's the DVD? Captain_Cook
Discuss I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?