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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

4.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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The year is 1964. The Beatles are about to arrive in the U.S., and young America has gone completely wild. Hoping to be a part of this historical moment are six hysterical New Jersey teenagers who will stop at nothing to see the Fab Four in person. Embarking on the first road trip of their young lives, the friends reach New York City where they are determined to beat the odds and see the band in their first Ed Sullivan show appearance in this delightful coming-of-age comedy from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis.

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Robert Zemekis and Writer Bob Gale
  • Photo Gallery

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Mark McClure
    • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
    • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Parental Guidance Suggested
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
    • Run Time: 99 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00028HBJS
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" on IMDb

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    By Howard Lee on October 1, 2004
    Format: DVD
    This unknown gem of a movie from director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump; Back To The Future; Castaway; Roger Rabbit" to name some) and Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg (now I know I don't have to supply THAT resume) is one of the best films ever made, and surprisingly, many moviegoers have not heard of, nor seen this film. It truly transports you back to 1964, during the height of the Beatlemania craze, when Ed Sullivan first introduced the Beatles on TV to the USA.

    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!
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    Really, I'm serious!

    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.')
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    This movie is both a loving tribute and parody of Beatlemania, set around the Fab Four's very first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, February 9, 1964. Four New Jersey teenage girls talk a funeral home owner's son, Larry Dubois (Mark McClure), into driving them to New York to see the Liverpool lads on the Ed Sullivan show in his dad's limo and the hilarity ensues. Rosie (Wendy Jo Sperber) is madly in love with Paul McCartney, Grace (Theresa Saldana) wants to snap photos of the band to kickstart her career as a photo journalist, Pam (Nancy Allen) is a night away from eloping with her boyfriend Eddie and is talked into going along, and Janis (Susan Kendall Newman) wants to protest the Beatles' popularity. Dubois will do anything Grace asks because he has a crush on her. Danny Smirko (Bobby DiCicco) tags along because he hates the Beatles and is hot for Janis.

    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!
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    Robert Zemeckis' I Wanna Hold Your Hand captures the time that was Beatlemania, February 1964. Who better to capture a time than Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg as executive producer helping out to bring out the authenticity to the period? The film was made 14 years after the event, and at the same time, when all the flurry of an immanent Beatles reunion was circulating around and Beatlemania was hitting Broadway. This film was a reflection of the baby boomers possibly turning 30 and their commemoration or celebration of their wild and crazy times where they lived for hysteria, that is, before the drug-hallucinations and San Francisco's Haight Ashbury would converge on the happy-go-lucky Hullabaloo and Shindig era, or in this case, Sunday night with Ed Sullivan and his circus of stars.

    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.
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