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A cautionary pop fable following the meteoritic rise of "The Wonders," a fictitious foursome during the early days of pop-rock fandom. When jazz drummer Guy Patterson fills in for a session with a friend's band, a hit single is born and the smalltown boys find themselves riding a rollercoaster of success, guided by the opportunistic hand of a smooth-talking record label agent. Fun, cheerful, and innocent. Hanks' directorial debut. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Song ("That Thing You Do").
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CastTom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Liv Tyler, Obba Babatunde, Alex Rocco, Steve Zahn, Bill Cobbs, Giovanni Ribisi, Sean Whalen, Ethan Embry, Kevin Pollak, Howie Long, Chris Ellis, Peter Scolari, Rita Wilson, Johnathon Schaech, Ethan Randall, Paul Feig, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Isaak
DirectorTom Hanks
Genre:  Family, Comedy
Release Date:  1996, October 4, 1996
MPAA Rating:  PG
Screen WriterTom Hanks
Runtime:  1hr 50min
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review by . March 23, 2009
Tom Hanks gives another brilliant performance, this time as a band manager for a fictional record company.     A group of small town teens from Erie Pennsylvania have an amazing sound and a catchy song that gets Hanks attention. He weans them along slowly while the lead singer thinks it is too slow. As their popularity grows (and they take the name The Wonders), the lead singer's patience wanes and he feels too big for his girlfriend (Liv Tyler), who has stood by him through …
review by . February 07, 2007
Pros: Great movie, wonderful acting, lovable characters, fantastic music...     Cons: ...not exactly thought provoking, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.     The Bottom Line: That Thing You Do! is a great movie that the whole family can enjoy!     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Ah, the 60's; the age of hippies, JFK, and great pop music. Even though I was born nearly three decades after the …
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