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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1978 (UK)
Six teenagers from New Jersey run off to go to a Beatles concert to meet their idols, despite not having tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

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Susan Kendall Newman ...
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Christian Juttner ...
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Read Morgan ...
Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones ...
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James Houghton ...
Michael Hewitson ...
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Vito Carenzo ...
CBS Security Guard
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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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...the Beatles legend begins See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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1978 (UK)  »

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Beatlemania  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Beatles songs have been translated and recorded by hundreds of foreign artists, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is one of only two songs that were recorded in another language by the Beatles themselves. In 1964, at the height of Beatlemania, the Beatles traveled to Paris for their only studio recording session outside the UK. Along with a new English single ("Can't Buy Me Love"), they recorded two of their existing songs in German: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" ("Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand") and "She Loves You" ("Sie Liebt Dich"). The songs were translated by Luxembourg lyricist Camillo Felgen, and taught to the Beatles phonetically. Oddly, while the stereo masters of the English versions of these songs have been lost (only mono masters exist), the German versions have both stereo and mono masters. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Smerko catches Larry DuBois selling fragments of Beatles bed sheets in a building entryway, he knocks the stack out of Larry's hands and they are shown scattered around their feet on the floor. Tony goes on to berate Larry for a moment in a shot from the waist up, with neither of them bending down to pick up the sheet fragments, but when they proceed to walk off together, the stack of sheet fragments is gone. 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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Crazy Credits

Pre opening credits: NEW YORK CITY Saturday, February 8, 1964 2:15/2:16 P.M. See more »

Connections

Features The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Want to Know a Secret
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
[Incorrectly credited as written by George Harrison who sang the song]
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Amusing, nostalgic hysteria...
1 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Group of girlfriends scheme to see The Beatles when they come to New York City to appear on Ed Sullivan's television program in 1964. Fresh, fast-paced representation of obsessed fandom, coupled with canny recreation of an nostalgic era. Unfortunately, the story has nowhere in particular to go in the third act and resorts to ridiculous slapstick. Still, for the first three-quarters of the way, a very bright, sometimes exhilarating feature which never found its audience (the majority of the press it generated was in regards to Steven Spielberg's co-producer association). The young cast is quite good, though they are sometimes encouraged to overdo it. **1/2 from ****


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