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 filmÂmaking team par excellence, adept at mining Americaâs cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence.
- New conversation among Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
- New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
- Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
- The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
- Radio spots
- An essay by critic Scott Tobias