I Wanna Hold Your Hand
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I wasn't born until after that time, but I love Beatles music, and this movie creatively uses not only their actual songs, but shots from the real, initial Ed Sullivan broadcast to comprise the film. Their songs and shots wrap around one of the most clever script plotlines ever devised, of a group of teenagers trying to see the Beatles in-person themselves. You have to see it to understand it.
I laughed out loud, and although some of the humor in the movie is way over the top, it's all hysterical, and makes you wish that you could go back in time and become a Beatles fanatic in NYC during that era. The cast is dead on...and it's a shame that many of the actors in this film never became household names. They're excellent and make the material believable.
If you're not a fan of the Beatles, or too young to understand this moment in history, it won't matter. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is really an homage to anyone and everyone who has had a wild crush on a musical group, or rock star, and has had the ultimate fantasy of meeting that artist in person.
The zany shenanigans in this plot are ingenius. Ultimately, this movie proves why Robert Zemeckis went on to such a major career. A MUST SEE!Read more ›
I watched this film with two friends: one who loves the Beatles, one who can't stand the Beatles, and all three of us had a complete *blast*.
Why? Because it's a riotous two of hours of zany, crazy, hillarious fun. The chemistry between the kids in the film is fantastic, and it covers all angles of the events of that insane February in 1964: from the over the edge obsessed 'Rosie' to the death-to-the-beatles 'Smirko'. The film even spends time focusing on the issue of kids vs. parents in putting in a sub plot about an enraged father stopping at nothing to get his son to cut his hair like a 'marine' and not a 'girl.'
And *that* is why the film is a gem, because in two hours it beautifully capsules an entire chapter in western pop culture when everything seemed to be turned completely on its head. Even if you can't stand the beatles you will surely have a great time with the movie if for no other reason that it's a terrific and surprisingly well made romp back in time!
(And it might even convert the non-believer... my beatle hater friend softened considerably after watching the climactic 'Ed Sullivan show' segment of the film... she said it was, to quote, 'awesome.')
Nonetheless, I Wanna Hold Your Hand is not about the period of innocence, but rather the hype and the mass distribution of Beatles paraphenalia that occurred during the time - Beatles bedsheets, sneakers, or baby powder. The film had several hilarious moments as captured by the six New Jersey teenagers who hitch a ride to New York with one teenager taking his father's hearst as his only means of transportation in order to catch a glimpse of their Liverpudlian idols. For the female character played by Nancy Allen, she was the fortunate one - she was able to get into the four lads' hotel room. Unfortunately, it eventually put her in hot water as well with her fiancé where she broke off the engagement, but received two tickets to the Sullivan show. Though this is the purely a fantasy, the teenagers succeed at the end of the film.Read more ›
Seriously, the movie manages to PERFECTLY capture the still semi-sedate early 60s with the changes Beatlemania brought about. If you were fortunate enough to have lived through that period, this will hit the mark dead-on. If you weren't, you may learn something about the older folks. Worth seeing several times
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I had an old VHS tape of this copied from television and wore it out. I was thrilled to find it again! The music is great!Published 4 months ago by katherine sparacino
If you remember Beatle Mania....this hysterical comedy is the video for you! Yeah, Yeah Yeah!!!!! LOL!Published 5 months ago by Tayknmi Azziz
The movie great! Fast delivery! That time was actually as crazy as it was in the movie!Published 11 months ago by mick
Love, Love, Love this movie, had to have it & I was so excited when I saw it was available on Amazon ! ! Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Madison
Great movie about Beatlemania. Any Beatles fan should watch this.Published 12 months ago by Carmen Vega
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