That Thing You Do!

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Tom Hanks
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Hey, you can

run into my girlfriend's car anytime.

Hey, all right. Yeah.

What about The Tempos?

You know, tempos?

Not The Tempos, tempos. I was

in a band already called The Tempos.

We were... terrible.

- Hey, Guy, weren't you

the drummer in The Tempos?

- Heard that.

I keep comin' back to The Herdsmen.

- [Woman] How 'bout The Big Tippers?

- I like it.


Oh, that's mine. I got that.

Okay, Skitch.

You wanna experience shame tonight?

We're playing

the Mercyhurst College talent show.

- [Groans]

- It's gonna be hilarious.

Jimmy and The Herdsmen.

Chad gonna solo on "Wipeout"?

Oh, you know, every song

is "Wipeout" to Chad.

- Thanks for breakfast.

- See ya, Faye.

I gotta pass, but if you kids need

any new wires or plugs, give me a call.

All right. Well, you're gonna miss it.

College girls, coeds... by the fistful.

- Oh, hey, my dad wants a roto-antenna.

- Tell him to come by the store.

He already talked to

a salesman at Tele-Mart.

That's a big mistake.

Lenny, those cats

don't know squat about service.


Come on, honey.


- Hey, hey, hey. Lookin' good. Hmm?

- [Mouthing Words]



Don't we open at 10:00 on Saturdays?

Yes, we do. And it's a good thing.


Go talk to your sister.

Ask her what am I paying you for.

Hey, Dad, we should move the store

to Riverside Plaza. Don't you think?

- [Grunts]

- Uh, parking, steady flow of foot traffic...

excitement of a new location?

- Hi, Mom.

- Hi, dear.

- Darlene.

- We could throw a grand opening...

that would give those clowns

at Tele-Mart something to worry about.


Don't mention Tele-Mart,

you idiot. They're killing us.

- Shut up.

- No, you shut up.

- Shut up right now.

- Come over here and make me, fathead.

You know, like the flock that follows,

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Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2016). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon film series, and voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. Hanks has collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films to date: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks as a successful director, producer, and screenwriter. In 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at U.S. and Canadian box offices and more than $9.0 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia (1993), as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for Forrest Gump (1994). In 1995, Hanks became one of only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years, with Spencer Tracy being the other. This feat has not been accomplished since. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor. more…

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