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That Thing You Do! (1996)

A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Storyline

Recounts a fable of a pop rock band formed a year after the Beatles took America by storm in early 1964. Jazz aficionado Guy Patterson, unhappily toiling in the family appliance store, is recruited into the band the Oneders (later renamed the Wonders) after regular drummer Chad breaks his arm. After Guy injects a four/four rock beat into lead singer Jimmy's ballad, the song's undeniable pop power flings the Wonders into a brief whirlwind of success, telling the tale of many American bands who attempted to grab the brass ring of rock and roll in the wake of the British Invasion. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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band | pennsylvania | song | jazz | drummer | See All (50) »

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In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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4 October 1996 (USA)  »

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¡Eso que tú haces!  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,208,595 (USA) (4 October 1996)

Gross:

$25,809,813 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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Trivia

U Thant (oo-'tant), whom Guy mentions in the hotel coffee shop, was the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971. See more »

Goofs

When Lenny's guitar switches to a Fender Jaguar, they picked one with a large headstock. Fender did not start using the large headstock until after CBS took over in 1965, and the large headstock first went into production in Dec. 1965. The movie takes place in early-mid 1964. See more »

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Mr. White: It is very important that you don't stink today.
Lenny Haise: Hey, I make no guarantees.
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Crazy Credits

The bass player has no character name, he is only referred to as "The Bass Player," (and listed in the credits as T.B. Player). See more »

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Spoofed in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) See more »

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Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart
Written by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mike Piccirillo
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Light but charming film
21 October 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Overall, I have to say I enjoyed Hanks' feature directing debut(this is not, by the way, the first time he sat in the director's chair; he directed a segment of a Showtime film noir series; I think it was called CITY OF ANGELS). He did a convincing job not only recreating the time, but also the music, which sounded like period music without being a pale shadow of it. He also made a wise choice for his lead; Tom Everett Scott may not have moved on to bigger things yet, but as this film shows, he's destined for them. Steve Zahn is funny as always, Hanks does well playing a company man, and Liv Tyler is quite luminous(though I could have done without the "thousand kisses" speech; that was melodramatic). On the down side, I'm not a big fan of Johnathan Schaech, but his character was too much of a caricature. And sometimes it was just too light. Still, this was overall an enjoyable movie.


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