That Thing You Do!

20th Century Fox Released 1996



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Tom Hanks

It's the summer of 1964, and across America, Beatlemania has hit. In small town Erie, Pennsylvania, teenager Guy spends his nights practicing his drums in his dad's appliance store. The One-ders are the local rock-and-roll band, when their drummer Chad breaks his arm, Guy scores an invite to join the band from lead singer Jimmy. His timing could not have been better, Jimmy just finished a catchy tune called "That Thing You Do!'' With Guy's drum beat giving the band a refreshed sound, they start gaining notice, especially from promoter Mr. White. With Mr. White's guidance, the band changes names to The Wonders, and scores a national tour for Playtone records. With success, the band starts to experience all sorts of challenges but the story stays on an upbeat note, keeping with the frothy, fun sound of 1960s pop.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.

  • 80

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    A top-notch production, exuberant period music and Hanks the actor in an important role cunningly disguise a rather slight and inconsequential narrative.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie may be inconsequential, but in some ways that's a strength. Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place.


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      • Production budget - $26,000,000
        Domestic gross -  $25,857,416 (60th)
        Worldwide gross - $34,585,416 (46th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $47,736,768
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $63,849,999

      • Other production companies:
        Clavius Base
        Clinica Estetico

      • Filming locations:
        Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
        Boulder City, Nevada
        CBS Television City, Fairfax, Los Angeles, California
        Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
        Erie, Pennsylvania
        First United Methodist Church, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
        Henderson, Nevada
        Las Vegas, Nevada
        Leo Carrillo State Beac, Malibu, California
        Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona, California
        Los Angeles, California
        McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
        Oil field, north of, Brea, California
        Orange Circle, Orange, California
        Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California
        Orange, California
        Pasadena, California
        Watson Drug Store, Orange, California
        Wells-Fargo Bank, Orange, California

      • Tagline:
        In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.

      • Music:
        That Thing You Do!
        Sad Sad Boy
        Back Together
        Written by Adam Schlesinger
        Lovin' You Lots and Lots
        It's Not Far
        La Señora De Dos Costas
        Written by Tom Hanks
        Mr. Downtown
        Voyage Around the Moon
        Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart
        Will You Marry Me?
        Written by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mike Piccirillo
        All My Only Dreams
        Dance with Me Tonight
        Drive Faster
        She Knows It
        Written by Scott Rogness and Rick Elias
        I Need You (That Thing You Do)
        Written by Scott Rogness, Rick Elias, and Linda Elias
        Little Wild One
        Written by David Gibbs, Steve Hurley, Phil Hurley, and Fred Elringham
        Written by Tom Hanks
        Arrangement by Wayne Jones
        Time to Blow
        Written by Steve Tyrell and Robert F. Mann
        Hollywood Showcase Theme
        Written by Tom Hanks and Mike Piccirillo
        Blue Spot
        Written by Alphonse Mouzon
        My World Is Over
        Shrimp Shack
        Cock n' Bull
        Watch Your Money
        Ohio State Fair
        Arrive L.A.
        Plate Spinner Theme
        Written by Mike Piccirillo
        The Wedding March
        Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy



      • Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Original Song - "That Thing You Do"

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