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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pam Mitchell
... Tony Smerko
... Larry Dubois
Susan Kendall Newman ... Janis Goldman
... Grace Corrigan
... Rosie Petrofsky
... Richard 'Ringo' Klaus
... Peter Plimpton
... Ed Sullivan
Read Morgan ... Peter's Father
... Al
... Eddie
Michael Hewitson ... Neil
... Sgt. Bresner
Vito Carenzo ... CBS Security Guard
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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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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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The film takes place from February 8 to February 9, 1964. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the "Ed Sullivan Show" broadcast in I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, the house orchestra is heard playing the "Toast of the Town" theme tune, which had been abandoned by Sullivan's production crew several years prior to the 1963-64 television season. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Petrofsky: What about the words? Don't you people ever listen to the words?
Tony Smerko: You ever listen to the words to Louie Louie?
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Me Do
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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She Loves You, Yeah Yeah Yeah
12 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

The most important thing about the Beatles arriving in America in January of 1964 to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show is not even mentioned in I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The fact is we were a nation in mourning with our young president slain. The Beatles coming to America was the first thing as a country we got any kind of excited about.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand is the story of four young teen girls from New Jersey, Nancy Allen, Wendy Jo Sperber, Susan Kendall Newman, and Theresa Saldana and their quest to see the Beatles up close and personal and maybe get tickets to the Ed Sullivan Show. They inveigle young Marc McClure who is the son of a funeral director in their town to use his limousine, the better to get up to the hotel the Liverpool Lads are staying at. They also pick up Bobby DiCicco who hates the Beatles as foreigners and who are taking the place of his idols the Four Seasons. He's on a mission of his own to halt the broadcast by fair or foul. As history tells us he failed, but you got to see what intervened to prevent him from carrying out his task.

Best in the film is Wendy Jo Sperber, the Beatlemaniac on steroids. She is hilarious in her attempts to get to her Fab Four. Most annoying in the film is Eddie Deezen the nerdy kid she teams up with in her quest. I mean he comes off like SuperNerd, his lack of social graces is painful to watch.

Pieces and whole songs from The Beatles are heard throughout the film, fans will love it. Robert Zemeckis who directed and wrote the film had a real feel for those crazy times in New York in 1964.


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