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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.

Director:

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 »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Will Jordan, as Ed Sullivan, announces next week's acts after The Beatles finish their segment. He says that a young man will appear who does an impersonation of him (Ed Sullivan), named Will Jordan. See more »

Goofs

Ringo's drumming in the studio is inconsistent with what's on the monitor. 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

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Soundtracks

Thank You Girl
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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What a cute movie!
2 April 2002 | by San FranciscanSee all my reviews

I never saw this until just today--I was afraid it would turn out to be a dumb film like "Beatlemania!" was--but it turned out to be one of the innocently charming films I've ever seen.

I am a big Beatles admirer, but I wasn't around for this particular time period (I grew up with them during the 70s instead). But this film was sure a fun treat to watch! Delightful slapstick, lots of times completely unbelieveable, but who cares? The fun is in watching these very likeable characters (except that annoying nerd who was goofy and funny but not likeakle, and the Beatle-hater who tries to axe the show... LITERALLY) go through their exciting and silly adventure in their attempts to get tickets.

I was really laughing HARD while watching this one, and highly recommend it!

Out of all the characters, the one whom I fell in love with the most was the one young girl who wanted more than anything else in the world to see her beloved Paul McCartney. Long dark hair, just *slightly* chubby, having cute puppy dog eyes and wearing a sweet little pink bow in her hair, I felt so sorry for her. She wanted SO much to see Paul, and it was both funny and terribly heartbreaking at the same time to watch her rush into a phone booth to call the radio station with the correct answer for a Beatles trivia contest and be so anxious with her handful of dimes that she practically *THROWS* them at the phone.

My favorite lines declaring the Beatles one of life's happiest pleasures come at a scene when the bride-to-be is driving with her future husband (who gives the impression with his short onscreen time that he'd be a real CREEP to her!). Check this scene out and listen to her lines, they're priceless to Beatle fans everywhere.

I'm afraid I'm not a good judge concerning whether or not non-Beatle admirers will react so favourably to this one... but if they dig slapstick and watching people go berzerk over such ridiculous things as the everyday napkins celebrities use, they just might. I mean hey, I love the Beatles, but I would NEVER go for the nonsense that goes on here! So for both Beatle fans and non-fans, I think it's safe for me to say that this movie works as both a fun piece of nostalgia and a satirical look of human nature gone wild and how crazy some will go when it comes to beloved icons.

Oh, and I'm sure Paul finds it VERY flattering as well! Hee hee...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatles 4-Ever 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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