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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 »

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... James Roberts
Janet Eilber ... Diana Lawson
... Nicky Nides
... Johnny Lawson
... Owen
... Casserole
... The James Roberts Band - Keyboard
Tony Fox Sales ... The James Roberts Band - Guitar
Mike Baird ... The James Roberts Band - Drums
Robert Popwell ... The James Roberts Band - Bass (as Robert 'Pops' Popwell)
... Toby
Heather Haase ... Cal Mussetter (as Heather Devore-Haase)
Carole Tru Foster ... Mrs. Mussetter
Garry Goodrow ... Maitre d'
... Flower Vendor
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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.

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Drama | Music

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Forever One  »

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Some movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "He's a rock star on a roll. She's into more traditional music. He wants the spotlight. She wants the quiet life. He lives for freedom and excitement. She wants a commitment. They're as different as two people could be . . . and as much in love. HARD TO HOLD. Love is hard to find, when the whole world is watching". See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

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Heart Of A Woman
Performed by Nona Hendryx
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Hard to Watch!!!!
12 December 2006 | by See 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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