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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

¡Eso que tú haces!  »

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Budget:

$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

The exterior shots for Erie, Pennsylvania, the hometown of the band, were actually filmed in Orange, California. See more »

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In the extended version, the movie showing on the TV at Guy's apartment is not Spartacus as he claimed, but The Vikings. See more »

Quotes

Guy: [first lines; phone rings at Patterson's] Patterson's.
Mr. Patterson: What's going on down there?
Guy: Dad?
Mr. Patterson: Harriet Priestly just called your mama. Her husband drove by the store and said the lights are still on. What are the lights still doing on?
Guy: Cookin' the books as usual, Dad.
Mr. Patterson: The sign, Guy, the sign is still on. Are we open for business all night now?
Guy: No. Sorry, I'll uh, turn that right off.
Mr. Patterson: Is that music playing on one of them store hi-fis?
Guy: I'll turn that right off, too.
Mr. Patterson: [mimicking] 'Turn that off, too.'
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Mickey Mouse is listed as "Himself" See more »

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Referenced in South Park: Guitar Queer-o (2007) See more »

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That Thing You Do!
Written by Adam Schlesinger
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The Amazing Tom Hanks Can Do No Wrong.
17 September 2001 | by (London/England) – See all my reviews

Tom Hanks directs, writes and stars in this brilliant rock 'n' roll movie, which features a great soundtrack too. I love the 50's/60's days, so this movie was perfect for me. There was some great acting here too, especially, by the brilliant Tom Hanks. This is a movie, that everyone should see. That Thing You do, definitely deserves a 10/10.


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