Hard to Hold (film)

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Hard to Hold
Hard to Hold FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byLarry Peerce
Produced byD. Constantine Conte
Joe Gottfried
Dana Miller
Kurt Neumann
Written byThomas Hedley Jr
Richard Rothstein
StarringRick Springfield
Janet Eilber
Patti Hansen
Albert Salmi
Music byTom Scott
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byDon Guidice
Bob Wyman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (U.S.)
Running time93 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$11,113,806
 
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Hard to Hold
Hard to Hold FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byLarry Peerce
Produced byD. Constantine Conte
Joe Gottfried
Dana Miller
Kurt Neumann
Written byThomas Hedley Jr
Richard Rothstein
StarringRick Springfield
Janet Eilber
Patti Hansen
Albert Salmi
Music byTom Scott
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byDon Guidice
Bob Wyman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (U.S.)
Running time93 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$11,113,806

Hard to Hold is a 1984 musical drama film directed by Larry Peerce. It was meant as a starring vehicle for Rick Springfield, who had a solid television acting resume and a blossoming rock/pop career, but had yet to breakout in feature films. It stars Springfield, Janet Eilber and Patti Hansen. The film features many Springfield songs which are included on the soundtrack to the film.

Plot summary[edit]

James "Jamie" Roberts (played by singer, song-writer Rick Springfield), being a pop idol, is used to having his way with women. He meets child psychologist Diana Lawson (Janet Eilber) in a car accident, however, who not only doesn't swoon at his attentions, but has also never heard of him. He tries to win her affection, but it's complicated by the fact that his ex-lover, Nicky Nides (Patti Hansen), is still a member of his band.

Reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of the New York Times found the film an exercise in narcissistic excess: "Dripping sweat, with the backstage lights glinting off his jeweled belt and his single earring, James Roberts escapes to his dressing room, collapsing beside the Space Invaders machine. He's drained. He's exhausted. He's a very famous rock star, and he has just whipped another adoring audience into a lather. ...Hard to Hold is a movie for anyone who thinks this sounds like real behind-the-scenes rock-and-roll ambiance and for anyone who thinks Rick Springfield is a real rock star. It's not a movie for anyone else, except perhaps film students, who will find that Larry Peerce has included more weak transitions, conversational cliches, unflattering camera angles and ethnic restaurant scenes in this film's mere 93 minutes than some directors manage in an entire career."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Janet Maslin, "'Hard to Hold' with Rick Springfield" Apr. 8, 1984 http://www.nytimes.com/1984/04/06/movies/hard-to-hold-with-rick-springfield.html

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