I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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Overview

Robert Zemeckis' charmingly nostalgic comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Zemeckis and his long-time writing partner Bob Gale. They share many warm recollections of making the film. A still photo gallery rounds out this fine release ...
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Overview

Robert Zemeckis' charmingly nostalgic comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Zemeckis and his long-time writing partner Bob Gale. They share many warm recollections of making the film. A still photo gallery rounds out this fine release from Universal.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with writer/director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This amiable period piece is essentially a dry run for the madcap comedic style Robert Zemeckis would later perfect in Back to the Future. The script, which Zemeckis co-wrote with Bob Gale, does a great job of re-creating the atmosphere of Beatlemania and is full of clever bits of period detail. Unfortunately, the characters lack the depth that would really allow the viewers to invest themselves in the story and the pacing periodically lags in the midsection due to too many divergent plot threads (no one character ever becomes the heart of the story). Despite these problems, I Wanna Hold Your Hand remains a fun and worthwhile film thanks to its contagious sense of fun. This spirit is brought to life by a game cast. Nancy Allen adds a bit of emotional weight as an engaged girl who has second thoughts when hit by Beatles fever and Wendie Jo Sperber and Eddie Deezen make the ultimate slapstick comedy couple as they lay waste to everything in their path to get their Ed Sullivan Show tickets. I Wanna Hold Your Hand further benefits from skillful direction by Zemeckis, who shows the flair for comedic set pieces that would serve him well throughout the first part of his career. In the end, I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a lightweight but likable comedy that is worth a look for nostalgic Beatles buffs and fans of Zemeckis.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 025192543821
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,612

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Allen Pam Mitchell
Bobby Di Cicco Tony Smerko
Marc McClure Larry Dubois
Susan Kendall Newman Janis Goldman
Theresa Saldana Grace Corrigan
Wendie Jo Sperber Rosie Petrofsky
Eddie Deezen Richard "Ringo" Klaus
Christian Juttner Peter Plimpton
William Jordan Ed Sullivan
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Read Morgan Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones Al
James Houghton Eddie
Dave Adams Reporter
Wil Albert Goldman
Luke Andreas Police Officer in Alley
Newt Arnold Barber
Derek Barton Driver
Ivy Bethune Foreigner
Victor Brandt Foley
Ed Call Reporter
Vito Carenzo CBS Security Guard
Kristine de Bell Cindy, the Hooker
Marilyn Fox Interviewee
Michael Hewitson Neil
Poppy Lagos Reporter
Gene Lebell Reese
Sherry Lynn Cafeteria Girl
John Malloy Reporter
Bob Maroff Bartender
Troy Melton Guard
Richard Miller Sgt. Bresner
Marilyn Moe Woman on Elevator
Boyd "Red" Morgan Peter's Father
Jim Nickerson
Roger Pancake Sergeant
Nick Pellegrino Lou
Larry Pines
George Sawava
Chuck Waters
Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director, Screenwriter
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Tamara Asseyev Producer
Curtis Dickson Special Effects
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Bob Gale Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Jamison Art Director
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Frank Morriss Editor
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Rose Producer
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/British Invasion [4:29]
2. Maplewood, New Jersey [5:37]
3. Road Trip [7:02]
4. Star Struck [6:17]
5. Helter-Skelter [5:19]
6. Beatlemaniacs [6:16]
7. Turned Fanatic [3:55]
8. Get a Haircut [8:44]
9. Taken In [7:12]
10. Out of Business [4:01]
11. Desperate Measures [5:20]
12. Getting Trapped [5:28]
13. Every Girl's Dream [5:00]
14. Shock Therapy [6:41]
15. Together Again [7:11]
16. You Want 'Em, You Got 'Em [3:27]
17. The Beatles! [5:06]
18. End Titles [1:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Zemeckis and Writer Bob Gale: On
      Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Zemeckis and Writer Bob Gale: Off
      Photo Gallery
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Zemeckis and Writer Bob Gale
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND WHILE WATCHING THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

    This underrated movie is a lot of fun. Probably more fun for Beatle fanatics to imagine how it would be to travel to New York to try to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four. Although the Beatles never appear in the film, it is a tribute to how much they meant to young folks back in 1964. A group of friends travel to the city in a Limo to try to get to see the group who will be appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Wendie Jo Sperber is great as Rosie. She meets up with the crazy Richard 'Ringo' Klaus (Eddie Deezen) who has taken a hotel room in the Plaza to stalk the group. The friends who have gone their separate ways, each try to get in to see the boys. The era has been captured perfectly down to the NY radio station Dee Jays. If you are a Beatles fan, you will enjoy this movie and the trip down memory lane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost Fab

    'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' has the distinction of being Universal's lowest grossing picture ever. In 1978, America wasn't ready to wax nostalgic over 1964. But that was then. As low budget teen comedies go, the film really is quite good - as it should be, with Robert Zemeckis directing and Spielberg serving as executive producer. 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' is a virtual February 1964 time capsule on DVD. Compare it side by side with 'The Wanderers', depicting the same New York City area in the Fall of 1963. It's simply stunning to see how much everything has changed in the span of just 100 days. A cultural revolution has taken over. For anyone too young to remember, it's the difference made by the assasination of President Kennedy, and the advent of four lads from Liverpool, who called themselves The Beatles.

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