A local Pennsylvania band scores a one-hit wonder in and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from their manager. Lenny : Are you crazy?
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A man in a really nice camper wants to put our song on the radio! Gimme a pen; I'm in', you're in', we're all in'! In. Play trailer Comedy Drama Music. Director Tom Hanks.
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Trailer That Thing You Do! Video Photos Top cast Edit. Tom Hanks Mr. White as Mr. Charlize Theron Tina as Tina.
Johnathon Schaech Jimmy as Jimmy. Steve Zahn Lenny as Lenny. Giovanni Ribisi Chad as Chad. Chris Ellis Horace as Horace.
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Rita Wilson Margueritte as Margueritte. More like this. Storyline Edit. Recounts a fable of a pop rock band formed a year after the Beatles took America by storm in early 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.
In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. Rated PG for some language. Did you know Edit. Captain Geech's was on Lady's Island, but is now closed. The Shrimp Shack is still open for business on St. Helena Island. Goofs The TV show which seems to be Thunderbirdsis actually its predecessor Fireball XL5which had its American premiere in Octoberand fits in the setting.
Quotes [When Jimmy is reluctant to a management contract] Lenny : Are you crazy? Crazy credits Soundtrack released on the fictional Play-tone records. Alternate versions In the two disc version there is an extended version not shown in theaters. Before "The Wonders" appear on national television, Guy arrives back at the hotel in a drunken state and finds an excited Mr. White with the good news about being on television the next day.
Waiting for Mr. White is his male friend "Lloyd" played by Howie Long. Soundtracks That Thing You Do! Written by Adam Schlesinger. User reviews Review. Top review. Tom Hanks wrote and directed this paean to the glory days of rock n' roll, an era in which even the wildest music still reflected a certain innocence, long since gone if not forgotten, before the advent of Metal, Rap and Grunge. And it winds up being a case of being in the right place at the right time for Guy, like when Ringo ed The Beatles, and the rest-- as they say-- is history.
It's a lively, upbeat tale in which luck, talent and chance all play a part.
Hanks presents the upside of making it in the music business, including the adrenaline rush of hearing one's own song on the radio for the first time, as well as all the hoopla that movies those who happen to be in the spotlight at the moment. But he also shows the downside: The creative differences and in-fighting which plagues thing about any band ever formed to some degree at one time or another, the personality conflicts and petty jealousies that are apt to surface at any time, and the reality of dealing with bloated egos, adoring fans and rude, insensitive record label executives who could care less about the talent that is putting the coins in their coffers, as long as they're selling records.
For the most part, Hanks keeps it lighthearted and cheerful, which-- along with the original songs some of which he helped write -- makes this an entertaining, fun and thoroughly enjoyable movie. He sugar-coats the dark side of it all to a certain extent, which makes you bad things that happen a bit easier to swallow, though it compromises the impact of the events somewhat as they unfold. With this film Hanks proves that he is equally as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it; he knows exactly where he wants to take his audience and when, and he does it quite successfully.
He also extracts some nice performances from his actors, especially Scott, Johnathon Schaech Jimmy, the lead singerSteve Zahn Lenny, on guitar and Liv Tyler as Faye Dolan, Jimmy's girlfriend, who takes the brunt of the blunt edge of Jimmy's sudden notoriety. Hanks also turns in a notable performance himself, as Mr. White, the representative of one of the labels interested in the Oneders. In reality, they may not have been better, but Hanks preserves that illusion by giving us a picture of the way we'd at least like to think things were.
And it's more than a pleasant diversion; this is a feel-good film you'll be able to enjoy time and again, because it takes you to a place you'd like to be-- a place you've been to before at one time or another, in one way or full, if only in your mind.
And that Hanks can take you there so readily is not only a credit to his talent, but another fine example of the pure magic of the movies. FAQ 4. Is Mr. White really gay? What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Edition?
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Release date October 4, United States. United States. Dresden Room Restaurant - N. Box office Edit. Technical specs Edit. Runtime 1h 48min. Related news. Contribute to this Suggest an edit or add missing content.
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