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Hard to Hold (1984)

PG | | Drama, Music | 6 April 1984 (USA)
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 »

Company Credits

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

Concert scenes were filmed before a Jefferson Starship concert. Mike Baird also wears a Jefferson Starship t-shirt in one scene. 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: [trying to wake up Jamie and get him to leave after sleeping with him] James... time for you to go!
James Roberts: [waking up sleepily] What? Are you serious? I can't believe you're doing this...
Diana Lawson: Oh, and you've never asked anyone to leave, right?
James Roberts: We just made love!
Diana Lawson: No we didn't... we just had sex!
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Connections

Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Somebody
Performed by Rick Springfield
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It's a shame Rick wasn't given more to work with
3 February 1999 | by AmbrSee all my reviews

This movie could have been better but because of the limited nature of the story line I think that people didn't get the chance to see what a good actor Rick really is.

The story to me seemed to be half done in that it couldn't decide whether to be a comedy or a drama. And I just couldn't feel the chemistry between his character Jamy and the love interest Diana (Janet Eilber) While I think that Patti Hansen's character of Niki Nides got unfortunately left in the background, and left under developed due to the material each one had been given to work with (or the lack of it).

The soundtrack for this movie had some of Rick's best works on it written by him. No small feat and it also had some other really standout musicians on it (Peter Gabriel, Graham Parker, and Nona Hendryx) And the real shame in this is that the movie was so poorly done in the wriitng, directing, and some of the other character actors involved it managed to somehow sink the soundtrack where by unfortunately and VERY unfairly sealing Rick's possible fate as a washed up teen idol. Which is NOT the title that a man of his talent deserves How sad!


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