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That Thing You Do! (1996)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guy Patterson
... Faye Dolan
... Jimmy
... Lenny
... The Bass Player
... Mr. White
... Tina
... Lamarr
... Chad
... Horace
... Sol Siler
... Del Paxton
... Troy Chesterfield
... Margueritte
... Uncle Bob
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In regards to the three Marines wearing Marine Corps devices on their khaki blouses (never done), these same Marines are wearing pre-1959 enlisted rank insignia, which do not have the crossed rifles which would have been present on the post-1959 insignia of the movie's time period, which is 1964. See more »

Quotes

Heckler: Hey, when are you gonna play "That Thing You Do!"?
Lenny: Ah, has our fame preceded us?
Heckler: We came here to meet girls and dance, and we can't meet girls until we dance!
Lenny: [to Jimmy, the Bass Player, and Guy] All right, this seems like an opportune moment to pick it up a little.
[to the heckler]
Lenny: OK, here's one for the kid in the back.
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Crazy Credits

The bass player has no character name, he is only referred to as "The Bass Player," (and listed in the credits as T.B. Player). See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'That Thing You Do' (1996) See more »

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Spartacus
Written by Tom Hanks
Arrangement by Wayne Jones
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LOVE this movie!
5 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

As a child of the 60s and a musician, I loved this movie from the first few minutes of it. The sets, the clothes, the music, and everything down to the small details is represented here to give a true feel for what the early to mid sixties were like, minus the politics and Vietnam. Before radio music became a commercially diluted and corporate industry there were "garage-bands" galore and many of the little-remembered names of the genre started out as such. The Wonders in "That Thing You Do!" could easily be a number of bands that were a one-hit-wonder (or two or three) and then just disappeared from the scene. Nevertheless, they all helped shape some of the best music of that era, and Tom Hanks perfectly represents that phenomena in this movie. If you remember the early 60's fondly, you should truly enjoy this film and it will probably bring back fond memories. The depiction of Erie, PA during this time-frame is probably representative of many small to medium size American towns and certainly brought back great memories for me of better times gone by. The music rocks, the dialog is hip, and the love story rounds it out perfectly. Buy this movie and then buy the CD soundtrack; you won't be sorry! (**TRIVIA: another Tom Hanks produced movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", has a "That Thing You Do!" song played during the wedding reception - do you know which one?**)


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