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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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James Houghton ...
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Neil
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Vito Carenzo ...
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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 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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...the Beatles legend begins See more »

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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

The Beatles song that this film is named for is officially "I Want To Hold Your Hand". However, because of the way the song is sung, the refrain is commonly heard as "Wanna", hence the film title. See more »

Goofs

The TV tuned to Ed Sullivan in Al's hotel room is on Channel 3, but the CBS affiliate in New York was on Channel 2. While cable systems did exist in 1964 and especially could have been available in a hotel room, there is no cable box visible on the TV cart and Cindy turned to the station by rotating the main dial on the television, so this has to be a goof. See more »

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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 ...
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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

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

P.S. I Love You
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Amusing, nostalgic hysteria...
1 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Group of girlfriends scheme to see The Beatles when they come to New York City to appear on Ed Sullivan's television program in 1964. Fresh, fast-paced representation of obsessed fandom, coupled with canny recreation of an nostalgic era. Unfortunately, the story has nowhere in particular to go in the third act and resorts to ridiculous slapstick. Still, for the first three-quarters of the way, a very bright, sometimes exhilarating feature which never found its audience (the majority of the press it generated was in regards to Steven Spielberg's co-producer association). The young cast is quite good, though they are sometimes encouraged to overdo it. **1/2 from ****


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