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Hard to Hold (1984)

PG | | Drama, Music | 6 April 1984 (USA)
Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Thomas Hedley Jr. (story) (as Tom Hedley), Richard Rothstein (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Springfield ... James Roberts
Janet Eilber ... Diana Lawson
Patti Hansen ... Nicky Nides
Albert Salmi ... Johnny Lawson
Gregory Itzin ... Owen
Peter Van Norden ... Casserole
Bill Mumy ... The James Roberts Band - Keyboard
Tony Fox Sales Tony Fox Sales ... The James Roberts Band - Guitar
Mike Baird Mike Baird ... The James Roberts Band - Drums
Robert Popwell Robert Popwell ... The James Roberts Band - Bass (as Robert 'Pops' Popwell)
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Toby
Heather Haase Heather Haase ... Cal Mussetter (as Heather Devore-Haase)
Carole Tru Foster Carole Tru Foster ... Mrs. Mussetter
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Maitre d'
Frank Ronzio ... Flower Vendor
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Storyline

Details the efforts of a pop-rock star (James Roberts / Rick Springfield) to win the love of a woman he meets in a car accident. None of the usual gambits work on this woman, who has never heard of him. Complications arise involving the ex-girlfriend Nicky, who is still in his band. Lots of Springfield tunes help the plot along. Written by Tony Bridges <tbridges@spicer.com>

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Taglines:

Love is hard to find, when the whole world is watching.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever One See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,410,001, 8 April 1984

Gross USA:

$11,113,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,113,806
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the place where James Roberts (Rick Springfield) stayed in San Francisco was the Fairmont Hotel. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie sends flowers to Diana (at around 12 mins), they are pink and red, but when his road guy comes back with the refused flowers, they are yellow. See more »

Quotes

James Roberts: [after crashing into Diana's car, he gets out to help] Oh, I'm sorry! That was my fault!
Diana Lawson: No shit!
James Roberts: This just hasn't been my day.
Diana Lawson: Sure as hell hasn't been mine!
James Roberts: I feel terrible about this, look I'll be glad to buy you another car.
Diana Lawson: Your insurance information will be sufficient.
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Connections

Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Great Lost Art Of Conversation
Performed by Rick Springfield
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Not a good plot--Rick was best part of movie
15 April 1999 | by Jedi Jr.See all my reviews

I agree with another person's comments that Rick was not given much to work with. Rick is a very talented actor and this movie WASTED his talents, other than the sequences with him singing in concert. The chemistry between his character, Jamie Roberts, and social worker Diana Lawson is very lacking. She looks old enough to be his mom, even! I thought the band didn't even need parts in the script. They were used as props anyway. I did like the character of Nikki, Jamie's ex-girlfriend, who tries desperately to get back together with him, but continuously gets rejected. This character could have even played a bigger role in the movie.

However, if you are a fan of Rick's (as I am), it is a must-see. The music is the best part of the show, and once again Rick triumphs in this field! The song "Love Somebody" (performed in a concert sequence at the end of the film) makes the hour and a half long movie worth renting or buying.


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