Hard to Hold (1984)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  29 June 1984 (Sweden)
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Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Roberts
Janet Eilber ...
Diana Lawson
Nicky Nides
Johnny Lawson
The James Roberts Band - Keyboard
Tony Fox Sales ...
The James Roberts Band - Guitar
Mike Baird ...
The James Roberts Band - Drums
Robert Popwell ...
The James Roberts Band - Bass (as Robert 'Pops' Popwell)
Heather Haase ...
Cal Mussetter (as Heather Devore-Haase)
Carole Tru Foster ...
Mrs. Mussetter
Garry Goodrow ...
Maitre d'
Flower Vendor


Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ex-girlfriend Nicky, who is still in his band. Lots of Springfield tunes help the plot along. Written by Tony Bridges <tbridges@spicer.com>

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Love is hard to find, when the whole world is watching.


Drama | Music


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Release Date:

29 June 1984 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Forever One  »

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1.85 : 1
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Final produced screen-story and screen-play of writer Thomas Hedley Jr. who had previously the year before penned Paramount's hit dance-music movie Flashdance (1983). See more »


When Jamie sends flowers to Diana (at around 12 mins), they are pink and red, but when his road guy comes back with the refused flowers, they are yellow. See more »


James Roberts: [after crashing into Diana's car, he gets out to help] Oh, I'm sorry! That was my fault!
Diana Lawson: No shit!
James Roberts: This just hasn't been my day.
Diana Lawson: Sure as hell hasn't been mine!
James Roberts: I feel terrible about this, look I'll be glad to buy you another car.
Diana Lawson: Your insurance information will be sufficient.
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Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »


The Great Lost Art Of Conversation
Performed by Rick Springfield
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Not a good plot--Rick was best part of movie
15 April 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I agree with another person's comments that Rick was not given much to work with. Rick is a very talented actor and this movie WASTED his talents, other than the sequences with him singing in concert. The chemistry between his character, Jamie Roberts, and social worker Diana Lawson is very lacking. She looks old enough to be his mom, even! I thought the band didn't even need parts in the script. They were used as props anyway. I did like the character of Nikki, Jamie's ex-girlfriend, who tries desperately to get back together with him, but continuously gets rejected. This character could have even played a bigger role in the movie.

However, if you are a fan of Rick's (as I am), it is a must-see. The music is the best part of the show, and once again Rick triumphs in this field! The song "Love Somebody" (performed in a concert sequence at the end of the film) makes the hour and a half long movie worth renting or buying.

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