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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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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Springfield wrote most of the seven new songs used on the soundtrack on set. "Love Somebody" was written while filming at 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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Soundtracks

Love Somebody
Performed by Rick Springfield
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Hard to Watch!!!!
12 December 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

James Roberts (Rick Springfield) is the lead singer of a successful band. The band also has his ex-girlfriend Nicki (Patti Hansen) who has a nasty disposition and temper. Roberts than meets cute Diana Lawson (Janet Eilber) in a car accident...and immediately falls in love. Naturally she doesn't know who he is...or care. Totally predictable complications ensure.

Caught this drivel in a movie theatre way back in 1984. Springfield was big with teenage girls back then and the theatre was packed with them. More than half walked out before the movie was half over! It's truly that bad! The script is moronic and painfully obvious--all the characters act like idiots. Also the acting wavers. Hansen and Eilber are actually pretty good but Springfield....OK--he tries. He REALLY tries and it gets embarrassing to watch. He just can't act but, back then, he was a very attractive man so at least he was fun to look at.

The movie does have its bright moments--Springfield bares his butt two or three times (within PG boundaries) and I DO like the soundtrack. At that time the song "Love Somebody" was a monster hit and it's played twice in the movie. Also the concert sequences work very well. But the sappy love story and bad acting by Springfield do make this a chore to watch sometimes. I can honestly only give it a 3. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen but it's definitely down there. And--really--teenage fans of his walked out on this!


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