That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do!

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

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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
UPC: 0024543381648
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 6,356

Special Features

Disc one; Includes the original theatrical release plus extended cut!; Disc two; Exclusive featurettes: Making That Thing You Do!; The Story of the Wonders; That Thing You Do! Reunion; The Wonders - Big in Japan!; HBO First Look: That Thing You Do!; "Feel Alright" music video; Trailers and TV Spot

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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