Robert Zemeckis

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show, ratcheting up the frenzy of a fan base whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. I Wanna Hold Your Hand looks back to that fateful weekend, following six New Jersey teenagers, each with different reasons for wanting to see the Fab Four, on a madcap mission to Manhattan to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale established themselves as a film­making team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence.

Film Info

  • Robert Zemeckis
  • United States
  • 1978
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #967

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
  • New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
  • The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

New cover by Manasseh Johnson

Purchase Options

Released Mar 26, 2019

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
  • New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
  • The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

New cover by Manasseh Johnson

I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Cast
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
Murray the “K”
As himself
Will Jordan
Ed Sullivan
Credits
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Produced by
Tamara Asseyev
Produced by
Alex Rose
Written by
Robert Zemeckis
Written by
Bob Gale
Executive producer
Steven Spielberg
Director of photography
Donald M. Morgan
Art director
Peter Jamison
Film editor
Frank Morriss

From The Current

Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters

In a new conversation with collaborators Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg, the director of I Wanna Hold Your Hand talks about the terror of being a first-time feature director.

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand: All Perfectly Normal
I Wanna Hold Your Hand: All Perfectly Normal

Kicking off a career that would go on to explore the mysteries of pop culture, Robert Zemeckis’s first feature revisits the weekend the Beatles set youth culture ablaze with their American debut.

By Scott Tobias

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