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That Thing You Do! (1996)

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

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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,208,595, 6 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,809,813, 24 January 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,585,416, 26 January 1997
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1.37 : 1
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The part of Troy Chesterfield is played by Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks' co-star in his old sitcom Bosom Buddies (1980). See more »

Goofs

In the recording studio, after Guy plays his solo "I am Spartacus", Del comes in. He says, "Let's play that Spartacus number again". Guy goes on to play something that bears no musical resemblance to the solo. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [he's just written "Oneders"] No, look - the Oneders, Lenny.
Lenny: Yeah, it looks like the O'Needers.
Jimmy: No, the - the Oneders.
Lenny: Got it, looks like the O'Needers.
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Soundtrack released on the fictional Play-tone records. See more »


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Little Wild One
Written by David Gibbs, Steve Hurley, Phil Hurley, and Fred Elringham
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The Amazing Tom Hanks Can Do No Wrong.
17 September 2001 | by 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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