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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1978 (UK)
In 1964, six teenagers from New Jersey run off to see The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) in the hope of meeting their idols. However, they don't have tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

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Robert Zemeckis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Allen ... Pam Mitchell
Bobby Di Cicco ... Tony Smerko
Marc McClure ... Larry Dubois
Susan Kendall Newman Susan Kendall Newman ... Janis Goldman
Theresa Saldana ... Grace Corrigan
Wendie Jo Sperber ... Rosie Petrofsky
Eddie Deezen ... Richard 'Ringo' Klaus
Christian Juttner ... Peter Plimpton
Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan
Read Morgan ... Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones ... Al
James Houghton ... Eddie
Michael Hewitson Michael Hewitson ... Neil
Dick Miller ... Sgt. Bresner
Vito Carenzo Vito Carenzo ... CBS Security Guard
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Storyline

If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So they (six teenagers from New Jersey) set off even though they don't have tickets for the show! The journey is full of surprises and misfortunes but the young ladies are determined to reach to their idols... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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these youngsters are suffering from a highly contagious disease called beatlemania. The symptoms are...screaming hysteria hyperventilation fainting fits seizures and spasmodic convulsions It isn't fatal but it sure is fun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatles 4-Ever See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,944,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,944,682
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the Beatles are passing Pam and going into the limousine, someone says "I'll cripple ya". Paul McCartney says this to Norm in "A Hard Day's Night". See more »

Goofs

The Playboy magazine Tony reads in front of the barber shop in February 1964 is from 1965. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Petrofsky: [the Beatles limo is taking off] Look, There they go!
Richard 'Ringo' Klaus: Hey, wait a minute! That limo got Jersey plates!
Tony Smerko: [Hesitates] Nah, it couldn't be.
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Soundtracks

Misery
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Just simple fun
5 June 2000 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

I never heard of that movie in 1978! I saw it a few years ago and I was asking myself why I never heard of that film in 1978! This is not a great comedy movie : just plain fun and entertainment, in a very creative and honest way. Even if there's some cliche (the old-fashioned rocker of the 1950's, the beatnik girl, the cars) I think it captures very well the Beatlemania in a teenage 1964 point of view. Young actresses are very good and comedy situation are pleasants. I also love the idea of hearing only the voices of the Beatles, and showing only their feet, as if they were adultes in a children comic strip. I have this on tape - thanks to PBS! - and I watch it once a year, just for smiling.


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