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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.


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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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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 Capozzoli ... Wisconsin Dancer (as Kristie J. Canavan)
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)

Gina Aponte ... Band Fan (uncredited)

Mike Boss ... (uncredited)

Greg Bronson ... Concertgoer (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)
Ralph Moratz ... Man at Golf Course (uncredited)
Curtis Newman ... Older Fan (Parent) (uncredited)

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

Derik Wingo ... Dancer (uncredited)

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)
Robyn B. Holmes .... props (uncredited)
Chris Nakayama .... propmaker (uncredited)
Timothy Oakley .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Brett Shannon .... painter (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
Mark Wolfson .... music recordist (uncredited)
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)
Mark Wolfson .... visual music effects (uncredited)
Joe Basile .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Yannick Derrien .... stunts (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
Moose Enright .... lamp operator (as Thomas Enright)
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
Dan Moore .... video assist operator (as Daniel P. Moore)
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
Ellen Allan .... costume maker (uncredited)
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
Location Management
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Deborah J. Page .... assistant location manager
Rebekah Williams .... assistant location manager
Errol Reichow .... location scout (uncredited)
Kayla Thames .... location scout (uncredited)
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)
Mark Wolfson .... music producer/arranger (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
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
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
Wayne Witherspoon .... set production assistant
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Chris Dupre .... dancer (uncredited)
T.J. Espinoza .... dancer (uncredited)
Michael Hendrickson .... production executive (uncredited)
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Mark C. Smith .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Mary Tobler .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Crystal Weaver .... staff production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for some language
108 min | USA:149 min (Director's cut)
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Frequent Tom Hanks collaborator, Ron Howard's, brother Clint Howard plays a DJ in the film. It's Howard's director hallmark to feature his brother in his work.See more »
Factual errors: When leaving the Wisconsin State Fair and learning that their record has hit #7 on the charts, Lenny asks if they get a gold record. Guy tells him they need to sell 500,000 copies. In 1964, 500,000 copies was the sales plateau for an LP to go Gold, but the sales plateau for singles was 1,000,000 copies. It was not until 1989 that the sales plateau for singles was lowered to 500,000 copies.See more »
Phil Horace:[after the mantinee at Orpheum] Guy, I keep telling you, you are the drummer. The backbone, the timekeeper. You can't let a tepid reaction from one matinee house affect your dedication to the band.
Guy:I was playing like one of those little wind-up monkey toys. They booed us off the stage, Phil! Jimmy couldn't even hear how off-key he was.
Phil Horace:You're gonna get it all back tonight, I promise you.
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53 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Meet The Oh-NEED-ers!, 22 April 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Tom Hanks wrote and directed this paean to the glory days of rock n' roll, an era in which even the wildest music still reflected a certain innocence, long since gone if not forgotten, before the advent of Metal, Rap and Grunge. It's 1964, and `That Thing You Do!' is about to become a hit record for a small band out of Erie, Pa., who call themselves the `Oneders (pronounced Wonders),' but who are destined to begin their musical odyssey know as the `Oh-NEED-ers.' Drummer Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) works in his father's appliance store, but when the band's drummer breaks his arm right before a gig, Guy is asked to sit in for him. And it winds up being a case of being in the right place at the right time for Guy, like when Ringo joined The Beatles, and the rest-- as they say-- is history.

It's a lively, upbeat tale in which luck, talent and chance all play a part. Hanks presents the upside of making it in the music business, including the adrenaline rush of hearing one's own song on the radio for the first time, as well as all the hoopla that surrounds those who happen to be in the spotlight at the moment. But he also shows the downside: The creative differences and in-fighting which plagues just about any band ever formed to some degree at one time or another, the personality conflicts and petty jealousies that are apt to surface at any time, and the reality of dealing with bloated egos, adoring fans and rude, insensitive record label executives who could care less about the talent that is putting the coins in their coffers, as long as they're selling records.

For the most part, Hanks keeps it lighthearted and cheerful, which-- along with the original songs (some of which he helped write)-- makes this an entertaining, fun and thoroughly enjoyable movie. He sugar-coats the dark side of it all to a certain extent, which makes the bad things that happen a bit easier to swallow, though it compromises the impact of the events somewhat as they unfold. Then again, he manages to maintain the credibility and integrity of his story, and after all, `this' is the film he wanted to make, and he presents it exactly as intended. Hanks captures a sense of time and place with this film, and also that same sense of reality conveyed by The Beatles' film, `A Hard Day's Night,' intentionally avoiding the more stoic reality of the more recent `Almost Famous.' All three films are fairly true to life, but with varying degrees of honesty. It's a matter of whether to `imply,' as Hanks has done, or to be explicit, as Cameron Crowe chose to do with his film.

With this film Hanks proves that he is equally as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it; he knows exactly where he wants to take his audience and when, and he does it quite successfully. He also extracts some nice performances from his actors, especially Scott, Johnathon Schaech (Jimmy, the lead singer), Steve Zahn (Lenny, on guitar) and Liv Tyler as Faye Dolan, Jimmy's girlfriend, who takes the brunt of the blunt edge of Jimmy's sudden notoriety. Hanks also turns in a notable performance himself, as Mr. White, the representative of one of the labels interested in the Oneders.

The supporting cast includes Ethan Embry (The Bass Player), Charlize Theron (Tina), Obba Babatunde (Lamarr), Giovanni Ribisi (Chad), Chris Ellis (Phil), Alex Rocco (Sol), Bill Cobbs (Del Paxton), Peter Scolari (Tony), Rita Wilson (Marguerite), Chris Isaak (Uncle Bob) and Kevin Pollak (Boss Koss). What `Happy Days' was to television, `That Thing You Do!' is to movies; a film that evokes that perceived sense of innocence of a time when life at least seemed simpler. For the more distance you put between the present and the `Good old days,' the better they get. In reality, they may not have been better, but Hanks preserves that illusion by giving us a picture of the way we'd at least like to think things were. And it's more than a pleasant diversion; this is a feel-good film you'll be able to enjoy time and again, because it takes you to a place you'd like to be-- a place you've been to before at one time or another, in one way or another, if only in your mind. And that Hanks can take you there so readily is not only a credit to his talent, but another fine example of the pure magic of the movies. I rate this one 9/10.

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