Friday, July 08, 2005

In line with the Beatlemania happening in this blog (after rediscovering my mom's Beatles Red Album among a bunch of DVDs) I suddenly remembered an old movie that I liked to watch back in the days when betamax was king. Robert Zemeckis' movie, I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) was originally a random movie I rented when the pickings were slim. I don't even think it was shown here in our shores. It was written by Mr. Zemeckis and Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg. The powerful trio also went on to team up seven years later for the blockbuster trilogy hit, Back To The Future. Given these facts you know you have to pick this up if and when you can.

It was a fun movie that I'd like to get on DVD as I watched it almost non-stop back in those days. If you're curious as to what it's about Moovies.com rounds up the plot nicely as thus:
A comedy chronicling 24 hours in the lives of six teenagers from Maplewood, New Jersey, who descend on Manhattan the day The Beatles premiered on the "Ed Sullivan Show," February 8, 1964. Each has a personal agenda: Grace Corrigan is looking for her big break as a photographer; Rosie Petrofsky is the quintessential Beatles fan, and Janice Goldman and Tony Smerko, would do anything to see the performance end in disaster.
They never showed the faces of the Fab Four which was okay as seeing the reactions of screaming fans were enough to get you rolling on the floor laughing. It stars a young Marc McClure (who went on to star as Jimmy Olsen in the original "Superman" movies among others) and Nancy Allen ("1941" and "Robocop").

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