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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>

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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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatles 4-Ever See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The purpose of the opening scene showing Ed Sullivan (Will Jordan) preparing his CBS pages for the madness coming in the form of crazy young women ecstatic about The Beatles was to make it clear to viewers who might not remember the craziness of Beatlemania. See more »

Goofs

The Hofner bass guitar used in the movie was a right handed version. Paul McCartney is left-handed. 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 ...
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Connections

References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Money
Written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Amusing, nostalgic hysteria...
1 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See 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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