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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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band | pennsylvania | song | jazz | drummer | See All (50) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

¡Eso que tú haces!  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,208,595 (USA) (6 October 1996)

Gross:

$25,809,813 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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Trivia

Homeland Security Director (and Erie native) Tom Ridge, then the governor of Pennsylvania, visited the set during production and presented Tom Hanks with a Zippo lighter that was engraved with the film's logo (Hanks collects Zippos, which are manufactured in Pennsylvania.) See more »

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The color cameras at the City of Broadcasting were Philips/Norelco Plumbicon units, model PC-60 or PC-70. The PC-60 was introduced in 1965; the more common PC-70 replaced it in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Guy: Hey, Uncle Bob, when are we gonna get these records?
Uncle Bob: [thinks] Ah... Luke 21:19.
The Bass Player: And your patience possess ye your souls.
Lenny: Luke? Who's Luke? When are we gettin' the records?
Uncle Bob: Wednesday.
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Crazy Credits

Stories of what the band did after their breakup and a picture of the band after all the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Wolf on Campus: That Swamp Thing You Do! (1999) See more »

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Watch Your Money
Written by Mike Piccirillo
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A Refreshing Throwback
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember when I first saw this in the '90s and thinking, "Wow, what a shock: a modern-day movie with no no villains, no nasty people and nary a cuss word." I kept waiting for that stuff, and it never appeared. It also has a nice sentimental ending.

The story is a simple one about a group of average guys who form a band and become one-hit wonders.

Tom Everett Scott, a young Tom Hanks-lookalike, is an appealing lead and Liv Tyler looks very, very pretty in the female lead role. The band in this almost-old-fashioned musical, is good to hear, too. They are a throwback to the old movie musical days of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Yes, you hear the same song (the movie title) over and over but's a great song which is very catchy. The rest of the music is decent, too.

Speaking of Hanks, he plays the promoter of the group. It's not a huge part but Hanks, as always, is entertaining. The whole film is, and, is refreshing to see.


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