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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1978 (UK)
In 1964, six teenagers from New Jersey run off to see The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) in the hope of meeting their idols. However, they don't have tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

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Robert Zemeckis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Allen ... Pam Mitchell
Bobby Di Cicco ... Tony Smerko
Marc McClure ... Larry Dubois
Susan Kendall Newman Susan Kendall Newman ... Janis Goldman
Theresa Saldana ... Grace Corrigan
Wendie Jo Sperber ... Rosie Petrofsky
Eddie Deezen ... Richard 'Ringo' Klaus
Christian Juttner ... Peter Plimpton
Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan
Read Morgan ... Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones ... Al
James Houghton ... Eddie
Michael Hewitson Michael Hewitson ... Neil
Dick Miller ... Sgt. Bresner
Vito Carenzo Vito Carenzo ... CBS Security Guard
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...the Beatles legend begins See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatles 4-Ever See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,944,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,944,682
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was at Spielberg's suggestion that this should be Zemeckis' directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

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

Rosie Petrofsky: [Rosie and "Ringo" are trapped in an elevator, when Ringo discovers the trap door on the top of the elevator] That looks dangerous!
Richard 'Ringo' Klaus: Not really. It's not as dangerous as when I got thrown off the Long Island Rail Road, and this isn't even moving.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Please, Please Me
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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A Masterpiece
6 November 2000 | by Brainy-2See all my reviews

There is a scene that takes place about three quarters of the way through this film that is not only one of the ten funniest scenes in the history of movie-making, but probably does even a better job of summing up what the year 1964 was all about than Dr. Strangelove. It involves Christian Juttner, who must confront an evil looking one-eyed barber, and a snake-like pair of electric clippers.

And forget Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr on the beach in "From Here To Eternity." For sheer lustful passion, that scene doesn't even come close to Nancy Allen's roll in the hay with Paul McCartney's Hoffner bass.

A flawless masterpiece!


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