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


[Whistling Song]



[Cymbals Shiver]

[Record Starts]

[Jazz Plays]

[Telephone Rings]



What's goin' on

down there?


Harriet Priestly

just called your mama.

Her husband

drove by the store

and said the lights

were still on.

What are the lights

still doing on?

I'm cookin' the books

as usual, Dad.

The sign, Guy.

The sign is still on.

Are we open for business

all night now?

No. Sorry. I, uh,

I'll turn that right off.

Is that music playing on one

of the store hi-fi's?

I'll turn that

right off, too.

"Turn that off, too."



[Man Singing]

[Horn Honking]


- God. [Muttering]

- [Honking Continues]


[Engine Shuts Off]

Hey, beautiful. Where you headed?

You forgot all about me, didn't you?

- No. I was headed there right now.

- Liar!

I caught you! Admit it.

- We were all waiting for you.

- Well, let's go back. I'll follow you.

No. It's late and I'm tired

and I need to sleep...

so I think we should go to your place

and talk about this.

Mmm. We go to my place,

I'm gonna make out with you.

Okay. We can do that too.



- [Jazz]

- [No Audio]

Mmm. Say it. Say it again.

I... am...


Oh, yes! Yes, you are.

Mmm. Yes, you are.

You are Spartacus.

- You know what I was thinking today?

- Mm-mmm.

We've been together

for almost a year.

You got out of the army, then

at Brisbane's Christmas party, we meet.

Then we had

a little flirting period...

until you saw the light

and asked me out.

So almost a year total.

Except for those two months

I broke up with you.

Yeah. Almost a year... total.

- Let's call it a year.

- Okay.

- Happy "anniversiary", Teen.

- [Chuckling]

And how can we

make tonight... special?

- Hmm.

- Down, boy.

I'm going home. I have my first appointment

with my new dentist in the morning.

Oh? What happened

to your old... dentist?

Oh, he... retired

or died or something.

So what does your dad

think of those new ideas?

What ideas?

Well, moving the store to Riverside Plaza

and doing TV commercials.

Oh. Inventory was

so goofed up today...

and, you know, he was in no mood to talk,

so I just... tabled that stuff till later.

Later. Guy.

Is it good business to let these things

stand in the way...

for the sign to read,

"Guy Patterson Appliances"?

- I don't think so.

- I'd probably keep it "Patterson's Appliances."

You know, the name you trust.


I'm... going... home.

You keep... saying that.

Well, I mean it this time, so-

Come on. Come with me.

Why don't you walk me to the door...

so I can give you

my patented night-night kiss?



But I thought you

already decided on The Echoes.

Nah. Some band in Buffalo's The Echoes,

and I wasn't wild about that.

- Oh. Let's just... call us

The Band You're About To Hear.

- How 'bout The Corvettes?

Is that The Corvettes

or The "Chordvettes"?

- No. Corvettes, like the car.

- Well, see, I was thinkin' like the chord.


Like chords in our music.


- [Woman] That's 10 cents.

- [Cash Register Dings]


Is that Skitch Patterson?

- Hi.

- Hey there. Morning, everybody.

- Morning, Guy.

- Well, here we are. Erie's lone beatnik.

- Hey, Guy.

- [Guy] Good morning.

- Faye, I just... dinged your bumper.

- Oh.

- My sister's car.

- Oh. It is... a little scratch.

Yeah? It's okay.

[Chuckles] She's away at nursing school,

so she won't even notice.

- I'm buying you breakfast.

- Thank you.

- I'm gonna buy all you kids breakfast.

- Oh.

- Cool.

- God! Could've had steak and eggs.

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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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