That Thing You Do!Director: Tom Hanks
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).
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Tom Everett Scott||Guy Patterson|
|Liv Tyler||Faye Dolan|
|Ethan Embry||The Bass Player|
|Tom Hanks||Mr. White|
|Alex Rocco||Sol Siler|
|Bill Cobbs||Del Paxton|
|Peter Scolari||Troy Chesterfield|
|Chris Isaak||Uncle Bob|
|Kevin Pollak||Boss Vic Koss|
|Paul Feig||KMPC D.J. (uncredited)|
|Alphonse Mouzon||Blue Spot Member|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Merideth Boswell||Set Decoration/Design|
|Keith P. Cunningham||Set Decoration/Design|
|Katterli A. Frauenfelder||Asst. Director|
|Stella Furner||Set Decoration/Design|
|Victor Kempster||Production Designer|
|Masako Masuda||Set Decoration/Design|
|Terry Odem||Associate Producer|
|John Pritchett||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Howard Shore||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Dan Webster||Art Director|
|Suzan Wexler||Set Decoration/Design|
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"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.
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.
This movie is fun, and has a great soundtrack to listen to! It'll make you laugh and sing the whole way through it.
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.
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!!!
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.
This movie is great! The band was awesome! Its a movie you and your friends can watch. Its the BEST!!!!!!!!!!:)
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.
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!
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!
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
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.