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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

Final film role [to date, September 2013] of actress Patti Hansen. 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

James Roberts: [after crashing into Diana's car, he gets out to help] Oh, I'm sorry! That was my fault!
Diana Lawson: No shit!
James Roberts: This just hasn't been my day.
Diana Lawson: Sure as hell hasn't been mine!
James Roberts: I feel terrible about this, look I'll be glad to buy you another car.
Diana Lawson: Your insurance information will be sufficient.
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Connections

Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Bop Til You Drop
Performed by Rick Springfield
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Hard to Hold Down Lunch
10 February 2002 | by rosaliezSee all my reviews

If you are going to go through all the trouble of making a movie, how much more of an effort is it to make it somewhat clever, or at the very least moderately fun? This looks like a quickie vehicle slapped together to capitalize on Rick Springfield's 80s popularity. It was his era; he could have belched the alphabet and it would have gone gold. Expanding on that theory, we have "Hard To Hold" as the cramp-producing result.The woman he is pursuing is all wrong for him; you cannot possibly get what he sees in her. She is totally unsympathetic, unlikeable and miserable, seemingly in a chronic PMS state for the majority of the movie. Someone should have given Patti Hansen more to do, as her character lends the only semblance of crediblity to this career-squelching morass of mediocrity.


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