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Hard to Hold (1984)

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 »

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Thomas Hedley Jr. (story) (as Tom Hedley), Richard Rothstein (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Springfield ... James Roberts
Janet Eilber ... Diana Lawson
Patti Hansen ... Nicky Nides
Albert Salmi ... Johnny Lawson
Gregory Itzin ... Owen
Peter Van Norden ... Casserole
Bill Mumy ... The James Roberts Band - Keyboard
Tony Fox Sales Tony Fox Sales ... The James Roberts Band - Guitar
Mike Baird Mike Baird ... The James Roberts Band - Drums
Robert Popwell Robert Popwell ... The James Roberts Band - Bass (as Robert 'Pops' Popwell)
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Toby
Heather Haase Heather Haase ... Cal Mussetter (as Heather Devore-Haase)
Carole Tru Foster Carole Tru Foster ... Mrs. Mussetter
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Maitre d'
Frank Ronzio ... Flower Vendor
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever One See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the place where James Roberts (Rick Springfield) stayed in San Francisco was the Fairmont Hotel. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Diana Lawson: Will you stop harassing me? I know who you are, you're a rock person of some sort.
James Roberts: Do you like my music?
Diana Lawson: No, I don't like your music.
James Roberts: Why?
Diana Lawson: It's bubblegum!
James Roberts: Yeah? Well 21 million Americans seem to think different!
Diana Lawson: Well, bully for them!
James Roberts: *Bully* for them? What kind of word is "bully"? What kind of music do you like?
Diana Lawson: Tony Bennett.
James Roberts: Jesus...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand Up
Performed by Rick Springfield
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goes without saying...
19 June 2017 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

...the album was killer! Great soundtrack, top chart busting hits, and one talented musician. So if you're expecting the movie to be as great as the soundtrack, let me shoot you straight. Hard To Hold is a movie that is going to rely heavily on his music, and also rare concert clips, rather then concentrate on a story line. Same formula was Purple Rain, which if you think about it, about sums up this movie. If you take Prince and all the great music out of Purple Rain, the movie is a piece of crap, am I wrong? Same goes here, we got Rick Springfield, a great 80's teen icon, in a movie with a weak story line. It is what it is. It's trying to be a romance movie, but the flight just doesn't take off. What do you want? And if you think a rock star can get any girl he wants, think again, because this one is giving him a run for his money. A survivor of a car accident, she doesn't have a clue who he is, can he win her love? Tune in Tokyo, actually, tune out Tokyo, go back to...whatever you were doing, there is nothing to see here. I'm a hard critic, but I am a fair critic, and I say the music backing the film up earns this silly nonsense of a film up with a whopping 4 out of possible 10 stars.


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