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
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Other potential band names were: Mom's Hot Dish, The Lords of Erie, Jimmy in This and Jimmy in That, The Hanks, and Faye's Addiction. See more »
The movie is set in 1964. The band joins the Playtone state fair tour at the Ohio State Fair, which is depicted as being early in the tour and, judging by context of other events in the movie, early in the summer. In 1964, the Ohio State Fair did not begin until the end of August, and ran until the second week in September. The 1964 Wisconsin State Fair, depicted in the movie as coming later in the tour, was in reality in mid August, two weeks before the Ohio State Fair. See more »
[first lines; phone rings at Patterson's]
What's going on down there?
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?
Cookin' the books as usual, Dad.
The sign, Guy, the sign is still on. Are we open for business all night now?
No. Sorry, I'll uh, turn that right off.
Is that music playing on one of them store hi-fis?
I'll turn that right off, too.
'Turn that off, too.'
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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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