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That Thing You Do! -- 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.
That Thing You Do! -- Guy meets his Jazz hero Dell Paxton at a nightclub.
That Thing You Do! -- Playtone Records signs the band and lays down the ground rules.
That Thing You Do! -- Chad tries jumping a parking meter and falls down.
That Thing You Do! -- The guys shoot a movie called "Weekend at Party Pier."


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4 October 1996 (USA) See more »
In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Everett Scott ... Guy Patterson

Liv Tyler ... Faye Dolan

Johnathon Schaech ... Jimmy Mattingly

Steve Zahn ... Lenny Haise

Ethan Embry ... T. B. Player

Tom Hanks ... Mr. White

Charlize Theron ... Tina

Obba Babatundé ... Lamarr

Giovanni Ribisi ... Chad

Chris Ellis ... Phil Horace

Alex Rocco ... Sol Siler

Bill Cobbs ... Del Paxton

Peter Scolari ... Troy Chesterfield

Rita Wilson ... Margueritte

Chris Isaak ... Uncle Bob

Kevin Pollak ... Victor 'Boss Vic Koss' Kosslovich

Robert Torti ... Freddy Fredrickson
Chaille Percival ... Diane Dane

Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Patterson (as Holmes Osborne Jr.)

Claudia Stedelin ... Mrs. Patterson
Dawn Maxey ... Darlene Patterson

Jack Milo ... Villapiano

Keith Neubert ... Dentist Dr. Collins
Lee Everett ... Kitty

Sean Whalen ... Heckler

Clint Howard ... KJZZ Disk Jockey
Sarah Koskoff ... Chrissy Thomkins
Mark Brettschneider ... Talent Show Emcee

Kathleen Kinmont ... Koss' Secretary
Warren Berlinger ... Polaroid T.V. Host
Clive Rosengren ... Wisconsin Cop

Brittney Powell ... Shades Fan

Jonathan Demme ... Major Motion Picture Director
Erika Greene ... Major Motion Picture Assistant Director
Dave Oliver ... Rick

Tracy Reiner ... Anita

Barry Sobel ... Goofball

Paul Feig ... KMPC D.J.

Gedde Watanabe ... Play-Tone Photographer

Michael P. Byrne ... Play-Tone Reporter
Dick Corman ... Play-Tone Reporter
Diane McGee ... Play-Tone Reporter
Randy Fechter ... Play-Tone Tour Manager

Mars Callahan ... Ernie the Disc Master Engineer

Benjamin John Parrillo ... Marine Sergeant
Robert Ridgely ... Hollywood Showcase Announcer

Marc McClure ... Hollywood Showcase Director

Karen Praxel ... Hollywood Showcase Script Supervisor
Paulie DiCocco ... Hollywood Showcase Floor Manager

Bryan Cranston ... Virgil 'Gus' Grissom
Charlie Frye ... Plate Spinner

Colin Hanks ... Male Page
Elizabeth Hanks ... Bored Girl in Dress Shop
Bill Wiley ... Pageant Helper
Cheryl L. Bruton ... Pageant Helper
Heather Hewitt ... Sales Lady
Renée Lippin ... Beautician
Carole Androsky ... Diner Waitress
Ginger Slaughter ... Ambassador Waitress

Robert Wisdom ... Bobby Washington
Larry Antonino ... Scott 'Wolfman' Pell
Rick Elias ... Play-Tone Band Member
Ted Kramer ... Play-Tone Band Member

Howard Lockie ... Play-Tone Band Member
Don Markese ... Play-Tone Band Member
Paula Nichols ... Play-Tone Band Member
Scott Rogness ... Play-Tone Band Member
Angel Sheppard ... Play-Tone Band Member
Wade Short ... Play-Tone Band Member
Scott Strecker ... Play-Tone Band Member
Jimmy Willis ... Play-Tone Band Member
Kennya J. Ramsey ... Chantrellines Member
Julie L. Harkness ... Chantrellines Member
Darlene Dillinger ... Chantrellines Member
Jennifer York ... Folk Girls Member
Bethany Hartf ... Folk Girls Member
Kathy Stuber ... Folk Girls Member
Cathryne Senescu ... Folk Girls Member
Steve Billington ... Legends of Brass Member
Andy Duncan ... Legends of Brass Member
Dave Ryan ... Legends of Brass Member
Todd Simon ... Legends of Brass Member
Mike Uhler ... Legends of Brass Member
Marco Villanova ... Legends of Brass Member
Thomas Cleo ... Saturn 5 Member
Ken Empie ... Saturn 5 Member
Ron Jeffrey ... Saturn 5 Member
Mike Piccirillo ... Saturn 5 Member
Christine Wilson ... Saturn 5 Member (as Chris Wilson)
Barth Beasley ... Blue Spot Trio Member
James Leary ... Blue Spot Trio Member

Alphonse Mouzon ... Blue Spot Trio Member
Kristie J. Canavan ... Wisconsin Dancer
Bethany Chesser ... Wisconsin Dancer

Tara Nicole Hughes ... Wisconsin Dancer

Melissa Hurley ... Wisconsin Dancer
Cherie Hill ... Wisconsin Dancer

Lindsley Allen ... Wisconsin Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Adler ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Janette Andrade ... Obessed Fan (uncredited)
Ray Angona ... Hollywood Showcase Technician (uncredited)

Mike Boss ... (uncredited)
K.C. Brooks ... Hollywood Showcase Dancer (uncredited)
Phillip V. Caruso ... Mr. White's Photographer (uncredited)
Kacee DeMasi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stephanie Heredia ... Extra (uncredited)

Monica Huntington ... Student (uncredited)
Shelly Insheiwat ... Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Lindner ... Usher (uncredited)

Elina Madison ... Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

Heather Marie Marsden ... Dancer (uncredited)

Scott McKinley ... Cop (uncredited)

Ryan O'Quinn ... Beach Teen (uncredited)
Petunia Phillips ... Screaming Girl in Theater (uncredited)
Dayna Price ... Orpheum Girl (uncredited)

Derik Wingo ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tom Hanks 
Writing credits
Tom Hanks (written by)

Produced by
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Terry Odem .... associate producer
Edward Saxon .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Victor Kempster 
Art Direction by
Dan Webster 
Set Decoration by
Merideth Boswell 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Larry Abbott .... makeup artist
Janice Alexander .... hair stylist
Audrey L. Anzures .... key hair stylist
Steve Artmont .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair department head (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
Carolyn Elias .... hair stylist
Margaret E. Elliott .... makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... key makeup artist (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
K-Bobby .... hair stylist
Norma Lee .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Rabe .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Skouras III .... unit production manager
Christa Vausbinder .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Cederquist .... second second assistant director
Mark Cotone .... second assistant director
Katterli Frauenfelder .... first assistant director
Jessica W. Leung .... dga trainee
Lisa C. Satriano .... second assistant director
Art Department
Patrik Alven .... assistant property master
Alice Baker .... buyer
Taylor Black .... second lead man
Will Blount .... property master
Tristan Paris Bourne .... on-set dresser (as Tristan Bourne)
Sarah Bowen .... art department coordinator
Jon J. Bush .... set dresser
David T. Cannon .... construction coordinator
Monica Castro .... assistant property master (as Monica Ragan)
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Keith P. Cunningham .... set designer (as Keith Cunningham)
Charles Daboub Jr. .... assistant art director (as Charles Daboub)
Rachel A. Flores .... property production assistant (as Rachel Flores)
Hugo Herrera .... head greensman
Bart C. Hubenthal .... set dresser
Ari Jacobs .... art department production assistant
Johnnie Jenkins .... construction auditor
Roger Knight .... set dresser
Chris Kubin .... propmaker foreman
James E. Marchwick .... set dresser
Matthew Martin .... propmaker foreman
Masako Masuda .... set designer
Ryan T. Mennealy .... art department production assistant
Christopher S. Nushawg .... assistant art director
Lisa Ozanne .... on-set dresser
Tommy Samona .... lead man
Lisa K. Sessions .... buyer
Doug Sieck .... set dresser
Mitch Simmons .... lead paint foreman
Margaret Tucker .... construction production assistant
Stella Vaccaro .... set designer (as Stella Furner)
David A. Weinman .... general foreman
Suzan Wexler .... set designer
Tommy Ardolino .... archivist (uncredited)
Chris Nakayama .... propmaker (uncredited)
Timothy Oakley .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Beemer .... re-recording mixer
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
James Bolt .... additional re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Catherine Calleson .... assistant sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... assistant sound editor
Susan Dudeck .... adr editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
John Glaeser .... cable person
Kimberly Harris .... supervising adr editor (as Kimberly Harris-Rivolier)
Craig Heath .... sound recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Dave Jahnsen .... recording engineer
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nicholas Korda)
John Kurlander .... recording engineer
Kimberly Lambert .... dialogue editor
Diane Linn .... adr recordist
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Virgil Naffarette .... adr recordist
Jeffrey R. Payne .... foley editor
Rick Pekkonen .... recording engineer
Eric Potter .... sound effects recordist
John Pritchett .... sound mixer (as John Patrick Pritchett)
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Michael C. Ross .... recording engineer
Doug Ryder .... recording engineer
Nico Salvato .... assistant sound editor (as Monique Salvato)
Frank Smathers .... foley editor
Denis St. Amand .... stage engineer
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeffrey B. Wilhoit)
Mark Wolfson .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Blondel Aidoo .... digital efx producer
Dan Hamilton .... digital technical supervisor
Ralph Maiers .... digital artist
Steve Rundell .... visual effects supervisor
Janice Tso .... supervising digital artist
Brian Allan .... optical camera (uncredited)
Ralph Maiers .... digital compositor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Joe Basile .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... company grip
Herb Ault .... key grip
Erik Bernstein .... lamp operator
Richard L. Carden .... dolly grip
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Doug Cowden .... best boy grip
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer (as Michael DeChellis)
Yusef Edmonds .... camera loader
Thomas Enright .... lamp operator
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Brent Lon Hershman .... second assistant camera
Beth Horton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Irwin .... 24 frame video operator
Kent H. Jorgensen .... key rigging grip (as Kent Jorgensen)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Larry McCarron .... company grip
Daniel P. Moore .... video assist operator
Chris Napolitano .... best boy set lighting
Edward R. Nedin .... lamp operator
Jason Newton .... company grip
Walter Royle .... company grip (as Walter Royle Jr.)
Art Schwab .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Sean Smith .... lamp operator
Michael Starkey .... best boy rigging grip (as Mike Starkey)
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera (as Baird B. Steptoe Sr.)
Tom West .... best boy rigging grip
Randy Woodside .... gaffer
Clyde E. Bryan .... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Clyde E. Bryan .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Peter Drinco .... rigging grip (uncredited)
David French .... grip (uncredited)
David Golia .... additional photography (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Paul Taylor .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bill Dance .... extras casting
Meredith Tucker .... casting assistant
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cha Blevins .... costume supervisor
Marsha Bozeman .... set costumer (as Marsha L. Bozeman)
Cindy Evans .... set costumer
Alix Friedberg .... costumer
Emily Loreto .... wardrobe production assistant
Valerie T. O'Brien .... key costumer
Donna O'Neal .... costumer
Eva Prappas .... key costumer (as Eva L. Prappas)
Nicole Smith .... cutter/fitter
Melissa Antablin .... costumer (uncredited)
Alison Gail Bixby .... costumer (uncredited)
Sloane Morrison .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Catherine Chase .... first assistant film editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Liv Torgerson .... second assistant film editor
Clarinda Wong .... assistant editor: avid
Mark Yoshikawa .... editorial production assistant
Music Department
Josie Aiello .... additional vocalist
Deva Anderson .... music coordinator
Kenny Aronoff .... additional musician
David Boruff .... additional musician
David Carpenter .... additional musician
Andy Chase .... additional vocalist
Neil Citron .... additional musician
Steve Dorff .... music arranger
Art Ford .... music consultant
Chris Fraiser .... additional musician
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Mark Goldenberg .... additional musician
Wayne Jones .... additional musician
Harry Kim .... additional musician
John Lissauer .... orchestrator: score
Warren Luening .... additional musician
Gary Mallaber .... additional musician
Robert F. Mann .... additional musician (as Robert Mann)
Don Markese .... music arranger
Dean Parks .... additional musician
Joel C. Peskin .... additional musician (as Joel Peskin)
Mike Piccirillo .... music arranger
Jeff Richman .... additional musician
John Robinson .... additional musician
Scott Rogness .... additional vocalist
Steve Schaeffer .... additional musician
Adam Schlesinger .... additional vocalist
Howard Shore .... conductor: score
Neil Stubenhaus .... additional musician
Joe Sublett .... additional musician
Mike Viola .... additional vocalist
Randy Waldman .... additional musician
Billy Ward .... additional musician
Robert Cotnoir .... music coordinator (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Paventi .... transportation captain
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Tina Peterson .... transportation production assistant
Yvette Peterson .... transportation production assistant
Kristen Redd-Ginchereau .... transportation captain
Larry Stelling .... picture car coordinator
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: Liv Tyler (uncredited)
Dennis Lally .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... production accountant
Vardit Afriat .... production assistant
Neda Armian .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Dana Bambace .... production assistant
Toni Basil .... choreographer
Kirt Birch .... production assistant
Kevin A. Canamar .... first aid
Mark Carter .... set production assistant
Diana Choi .... production associate
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Margo Day .... production coordinator
Patricia Eyerman .... hollywood showcase technical advisor
Pablo Ferro .... title design and graphics
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
John R. Hansen .... payroll accountant
Carol Hatchett .... assistant choreographer
Nancy Duvall Horne .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Kathy McDonald Jones .... assistant production coordinator
L.B. Kyle Keilman .... craft service
Paul Kostick .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
John C. Kruize .... assistant auditor (as Chris Kruize)
Adria Later .... studio teacher
Daryl C. Lefever .... assistant auditor
Jonas C. Matz .... first aid
Deborah J. Page .... assistant location manager
Eric E. Paulson .... production assistant
Marc Pitre .... production intern
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Stephanie Rudat .... production intern
Angel Singleton .... production assistant
Miura Smith .... assistant: Mr. Saxon
Kip Walton .... hollywood showcase technical advisor
James Williams .... security officer
Rebekah Williams .... assistant location manager
Wayne Witherspoon .... set production assistant
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Chris Dupre .... dancer (uncredited)
T.J. Espinoza .... dancer (uncredited)
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Errol Reichow .... location scout (uncredited)
Mark C. Smith .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kayla Thames .... location scout (uncredited)
Mary Tobler .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Crystal Weaver .... staff production coordinator (uncredited)
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Rated PG for some language
108 min | USA:149 min (Director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The state fair entertainment circuit of the mid-60s (upon which Hanks based the movie) actually existed until the mid-80s. Midwestern fair managers (and probably other geographic areas) would work together on routing and negotiate lowered performers' fees as a group.See more »
Anachronisms: (At 1:30:00, Director's cut) While the Wonders are in the booth for the early morning "interview" show in L.A., as the camera pans around the DJ, the back of the Canadian pop LP Fields of Fire, released in 1988 by Corey Hart, is visible at the back of the stack of LPs.See more »
[during TV interview with band]
Lenny Haise:Oh, I'm not here with these fellas. I've got a pig in competition over at the livestock pavilion, and I am going to win that blue ribbon!
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50 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
A Hoot; comes very, very close to being a great movie, 24 July 2004
Author: rzajac from Dongshih, Taiwan

I didn't see That Thing You Do (TTYD) when it came out, and it's too bad. This movie will--strange to think--rank up there with "Stop Making Sense" as a classic concert film. Interesting that 1) they're not really comparable, since SMS is real concert footage and TTYD is a mockumentary, and 2) Jonathon Demme is in TTYD!

Is this a timeless movie? Close. Darn close. What's great? Actually--almost enlightening--Hanks' writing is really quite wonderful. The dialog is almost a rare example of direct, effective, "connecting" film writing. The casting, directing, and acting is great. The editing is very effective. The sets, costumes, general "look" is a delight. The music is very, very effective. So much subtle craftsmanship goes into stuff at the right levels of detail, that you might accuse the film of failing to be like a genuine "rock 'n' roll experience" because it's almost too crafty. But I think they pull it off.

What's wrong with the movie? Not much. The ending flags a little. The pre-credits posting of thumbnail future bios of the characters is a cheap device; but again I think it doesn't eclipse the power of the mythic payload (the moral) which ultimately has to do with the power of love. And I don't say that in a wishy-washy sense. What is love? According to this movie, it's that multi-dimensional experience which includes not just finding "that special someone," but also finding your path. It reminds me of an exchange I had with a work buddy who hoped to write "that big hit tune" and retire early. I loaned him a record by Fred Frith, which put him off entirely. "This guy won't ever get anywhere," he said. But I patiently explained that he (my friend) and I get up in the morning and go to our corporate jobs. This guy (Frith) gets up and goes to the studio. Who's the success? That's a big life lesson, and I think this movie nuances that very effectively. It can even translate to any of life's pursuits, not just music.

I found myself being continuously delighted by this film. At the risk of sounding like a green ass, I want to plug this film's attention to a time-honored aesthetic virtue: Hard work. This film is a labor of love, with equal attention to the inspiration AND perspiration.

I can't believe how much I like this movie! I feel like a bobbysoxer saying it! I resonated with this movie on many points. Let me give you one example. I was in a little band once and was something of the "muse" of that band. Something I always marveled at was how "the creative process" people talk about is actually a very simple and practical reality when you're actually being creative. One of the sweet, simple high points of working up a number is the act of picking the tempo. If you've ever done this, you know what I'm talking about. Picking the tempo is a profoundly rewarding act, and of course that's just one small aspect of the process. So the scene near the beginning of the flick where the drummer overrules Jimmy and establishes an uptempo beat to what was supposed to be a ballad is a profoundly resonant moment for me. And the direction and editing bring together an almost perfect picture of the very real and profound joy that this brings to people.

There were many, many moments in this movie that affected me in much the same way. If you haven't seen it and you love "concert films," check it out.

(NOTE: I wrote a little "trip guide" to TTYD!, which can be found at: . Hope you find it useful. -raz)

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