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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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Uncle Bob

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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!  »

Box Office

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

Tom Hanks claimed that he wrote the script while on the promotional tour for Forrest Gump (1994) due to his boredom doing non-stop interviews. See more »

Goofs

When Uncle Bob is recording the Wonders, the sound and the visual of the hand claps are out of sync. See more »

Quotes

Freddy Fredrickson: That was Diane Dane! There she is. Diane Dane. Look at that dress, huh? That's a - that's a gold dress, like a - Wisconsin sunrise.
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Crazy Credits

Stories of what the band did after their breakup and a picture of the band after all the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Wolf on Campus: That Swamp Thing You Do! (1999) See more »

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Voyage Around the Moon
Written by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mike Piccirillo
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A Cathartic Release
1 January 2004 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

If you have ever been in a band and dreamed of getting out of the garage and onto a stage,then this movie is definitely for you! No matter when you had this dream,you'll experience all the pleasures and joys of being a musician,,,and of course all the downfalls.Yes,it is from a time that won't return,when the music business wasn't such a meat parade and had to do with eager talent.That was then and this is now. Still the characters represent the different types you'll come across,the egos, the clowns and the luck of being at the right place at the right time.At this point in time,it is also interesting to see how the cast members have gone on to other projects,the most recent being Liv Tyler in LOTR,Giovanni Ribisi in COLD MOUNTAIN,Thom Everett Scot in ER and I think that Hanks fellow has been around doing this and that.


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