That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do!

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Director: Tom Hanks, Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech

     
 

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Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their brief fling with fame. Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) works as a salesman at his father's appliance store and plays the drums in his spare time, fancying himself a jazz musician. One day, a buddy of Guy's tells him a local rock band, The One-Ders (it's

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Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their brief fling with fame. Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) works as a salesman at his father's appliance store and plays the drums in his spare time, fancying himself a jazz musician. One day, a buddy of Guy's tells him a local rock band, The One-Ders (it's pronounced "wonders"), are in need of a drummer -- they have Battle of the Bands coming up and their usual timekeeper has broken his arm. Guy agrees to sit in, but when it's time to play their best original, a love ballad called "That Thing You Do," Guy lays in a sharp, driving beat that turns the tune into an uptempo pop-rocker. Lead singer Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech) isn't happy at first, but guitarist Lenny (Steve Zahn) and the nameless Bass Player (Ethan Embry) think the song sounds better that way -- and they notice the girls like it just fine. Soon people are actually requesting the song at their shows, and the One-Ders scrape together some money to press a single of "That Thing You Do" to sell between sets. A DJ puts the song on the radio, and opportunity knocks in the form of Mr. White (Tom Hanks), who works for the very major Play-Tone Records label. Play-Tone buys the rights to "That Thing You Do" and puts the band on the road as their song makes it way to the top of the national charts. But what can The Wonders (as Play-Tone have re-named them) do for an encore? And what should Guy do about his infatuation with Jimmy's girlfriend, Faye (Liv Tyler)? Real-life 60's obsessed rocker Chris Isaak has a small part as a recording engineer, and fans of real 60's garage bands will appreciate the wealth of small, accurately observed details (for example, halfway through the film, when a few "That Thing You Do" royalty checks have presumably kicked in, the band's inexpensive Danelectro guitars disappear and the Wonders are suddenly playing on brand new Fender gear -- the height of rock style in 1965).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Tom Hanks was arguably the most beloved American actor of the '90s. He usually played likable characters, and for his directorial debut, Hanks created a film that is like his performances. The cast of That Thing You Do ingratiates themselves to the audience with ease. Thomas Everett Scott (who physically resembles the director) invests Guy with such a sense of amazement at his own success that the audience can't help but be brought along for the ride. Jonathan Schaech gives Jimmy a cold, calculating quality that makes it easy to believe he would be capable of writing something as aggressively catchy as the title tune. Hanks himself plays a seen-it-all-before record company executive who, though all business, hasn't lost his heart. Written by Adam Schlesinger, the fiendishly catchy title tune evokes the British invasion of the early '60s without sounding like a retread of any particular song. Even if one doesn't like the song, it is impossible to deny that it sounds like a hit record. The verisimilitude of the music, the charm of the performers, and the attention to detail outweigh the more clichéd aspects of the story just enough to make That Thing You Do an enjoyable tale of rock & roll success, like an episode of Behind the Music without the debauchery.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
UPC:
0024543861102
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
21,888

Special Features

"Feel Alright" music video; The Wonders! Big In Japan!; The story of The Wonders; Making That Thing You Do!; That Thing You Do! reunion; HBO First Look: The Making Of That Thing You Do!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Everett Scott Guy Patterson
Liv Tyler Faye Dolan
Johnathon Schaech Jimmy
Charlize Theron Tina
Steve Zahn Lenny
Ethan Embry The Bass Player
Tom Hanks Mr. White
Obba Babatunde Lamarr
Giovanni Ribisi Chad
Chris Ellis Horace
Alex Rocco Sol Siler
Bill Cobbs Del Paxton
Peter Scolari Troy Chesterfield
Rita Wilson Marguerite
Chris Isaak Uncle Bob
Kevin Pollak Boss Vic Koss
Paul Feig KMPC D.J. (uncredited)
Howie Long Actor
Sean Whalen Heckler
Alphonse Mouzon Blue Spot Member

Technical Credits
Tom Hanks Director,Screenwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Richard Chew Editor
Keith P. Cunningham Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan Demme Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Stella Furner Set Decoration/Design
Gary Goetzman Producer
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Terry Odem Associate Producer
Mike Piccirillo Songwriter
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Saxon Producer
Adam Schlesinger Songwriter
Howard Shore Score Composer,Songwriter
Dan Webster Art Director
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design

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That Thing You Do! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
"That Thing You Do" - for me anyway - is one of those movies that can be seen multiple times. This is an engaging story of a mythical, but highly believable, one-hit wonder band from the 1960's. Tom Hanks' direction is excellent and the actors were well-chosen and well-rehearsed by Hanks. If you're a fan of the movie at all, you really must own this Director's Extended Cut - it seems like a more complete story with some great added scenes. I can't believe what they left on the cutting room floor in the theatrical release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a band, and this movie was a great inspiration. The soundtrack is great, and it's the kind of music I like, so I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever. It tells all about what you go through in the music business. if you ever want to be a music star, you have to see this movie. they picked the best cast they could. Tom Everett Scott plays ''Shades'' wonderfully. Johnathan Schaech is the best man to play Jimmy. They give the funny touch on Steve Zahn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, the very first time I saw this movie it was on HBO and that was back in '97 or '98 and every time it was on I would watch it, but I was still young enough not to pay much attention to it. Well recently it's been on TV and I've been watching it. I have become addicted to it. honestly! The music is actually really good. I sing it all the time and even make family and friends listen to it. It's a must see film! No, it's not an all time "great", but i promise you that you'll remember it! As Tom Hanks Directorial Debut he did a fantastic job and for his wonderful writing skills ... KUDOS!
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
The reviews on this thread prove that 9 (not including myself) out of 10 people absolutely LOVE this movie. And the one guy that said didn't like it still admitted it was okay and that was about as negative as he got. Two, possibly three, people said this movie is addicting. So I mean it literally when I say don't take my word for it. It's like the Italian Job in the sense that the only way to describe it is just plain fun for everyone. I'd really like to see Tom Hanks behind the camera again because he brings such dry humor to the screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie and its music is addictive. Every time the movie is on TV I will watch it. I bought the soundtrack because I love the music. It is just a good, fun movie to watch
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was funny and cool, and I loved it when Faye was running down the street screaming in joy and running into Pattersons where they danced around the machines. If you want a feel good movie, I strongly suggest you watch this movie that is full of laughter, hope, fun, and happiness!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great! The band was awesome! Its a movie you and your friends can watch. Its the BEST!!!!!!!!!!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love music, and have ever been in a band... you'll find yourself wiping away tears of laughter at this group of guys, Tom Everett Scott, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn,Ethan Embry and the one girl friend along for the adventure, Liv Tyler. The standalone soundtrack is as likable as the movie. The songs are so snappy and fun my 5th grader enjoys them--even though he chose not to be interviewed for this review. Make sure you don't miss this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I though this film only gave us the first glimpse into the genius of Tom Hanks. It brings back memories of my being in a similar situation in the late 60's to early 70's. Great fun and music were had in those times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good movie, entretaining, but not the best one I've seen. The cast is ok, only with an excepcional Tom Hanks (but not his best film at all) It's a simple story and that's it. I enjoyed it, but it's a one-time movie. No brilliance at all in the plot. Very predictable.
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