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.')
Amidst all the mayhem, there are laugh-out-loud moments satirizing Beatlemania at its finest, not to mention that the movie is chock full of great early classics by the starring band we never actually see. The two standout performers in this movie are Paul Newman's daughter as the folkie protest music loving Janis who later changes her mind about the Beatles' integrity, and Bobby Di Cicco whose character Danny Smirko is just plain obnoxiously hilarious. If you haven't seen this one yet, you're in for a real treat. There are a lot of underrated movies that were box office flops deserving the level of hit status, and this is truly one of them. The writing is sharp, the cast is nearly perfect, and the story is a laugh a minute. It's one of my favorite rock movies of all time, and I guarantee you will be thoroughly entertained. Enjoy!
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 ›
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What a gem! I was a 12 year old girl in 1964, and I was a Beatlemaniac from the beginning. This movie PERFECTLY captures ever nuance - the hysteria, the joy, the insanity and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Skinner
Robert Zemeckis's 1st major film... Not real well-known amongst the droves of people who love all his amazing films. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick S.
Fun movie that bears repeated viewings. Excellent cast of young actors. Wendy Jo Sperber almost steals the show as the Paul loving, hysterical Beatles fangirl and Bobbi Di Cicco is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Austin J. Schell III
Love, love, love this movie! It's a must for any Beatles fan--I remember my mom taking me to see this movie because I loved the Beatles so much and it was just great--it really... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen Mahoney
A really funny movie! Even if you are not a fan of The Beatles. There is another movie with the same plot called "Detroit Rock City" or better yet "Detroit Flop... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 10 months ago by katherine sparacino
If you remember Beatle Mania....this hysterical comedy is the video for you! Yeah, Yeah Yeah!!!!! LOL!Published 10 months ago by Tayknmi Azziz
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