I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure

     
 
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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
UPC:
0025192543821
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
27,477

Special Features

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

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
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Read Morgan Peter's Father
Claude Earl Jones Al
James Houghton Eddie
Michael Hewitson Neil
Gene Lebell Reese
Boyd "Red" Morgan Peter's Father
Jim Nickerson Actor
George Sawava Actor
Chuck Waters Actor
Newt Arnold Barber
Marilyn Moe Woman on Elevator
Larry Pines Actor
Dick Miller Sgt. Bresner
Vito Carenzo CBS Security Guard
Luke Andreas Police Officer in Alley
Sherry Lynn Cafeteria Girl
Wil Albert Goldman
Troy Melton Guard
Marilyn Fox Interviewee
Kristine de Bell Cindy, the Hooker
Victor Brandt Foley
Roger Pancake Sergeant
Bob Maroff Bartender
Ivy Bethune Foreigner
Derek Barton Driver
Ed Call Reporter
John Malloy Reporter
Poppy Lagos Reporter
Dave Adams Reporter
Nick Pellegrino Lou

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

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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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Penny_Girl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago