That Thing You Do!


1h 50m 1996

Brief Synopsis

It's the summer of 1964, and Guy Patterson is a salesman at his father's appliance store in Erie, PA. By day, he sells toasters and transistor radios. But at night, he retreats to the basement, sits down at a set of drums, and disappears into a cloud of jazz percussion. In other words, he's ready to

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

It's the summer of 1964, and Guy Patterson is a salesman at his father's appliance store in Erie, PA. By day, he sells toasters and transistor radios. But at night, he retreats to the basement, sits down at a set of drums, and disappears into a cloud of jazz percussion. In other words, he's ready to roll when a local rock band loses its drummer and asks him to sit in at a college talent show. One month later, The Wonders are shooting stars in the Play-Tone galaxy--with a recording contract, a state fair tour and a trip to Hollywood. As their signature song, That Thing You Do!, rockets to the top of the charts, The Wonders embark on a humorous and surprising journey where they not only get a taste of fame, but an extraordinary look at the halcyon days of rock and roll.

Crew

Larry Abbott

Makeup Artist

Ellen Adolph

Production Accountant

Vardit Afriat

Production Assistant

Blondel Aidoo

Visual Effects

Josie Aiello

Music

Janice Alexander

Hair Stylist

Patrik Alven

Assistant Property Master

Deva Anderson

Music Coordinator

Audrey Anzures

Hair Stylist

Neda Armian

Assistant

Kenny Aronoff

Music

Steve Artmont

Makeup Artist

Colleen Atwood

Costume Designer

Dustin Ault

Grip

Herb Ault

Key Grip

Alice Baker

Other

Dana Bambace

Production Assistant

Toni Basil

Choreographer

Bob Beemer

Rerecording

Michael J. Benavente

Sound Effects Editor

Bill W Benton

Rerecording

Erik Bernstein

Other

Kirt Birch

Production Assistant

Cha Blevins

Costume Supervisor

Kathryn Blondell

Hair Stylist

Will Blount

Property Master

James Bolt

Rerecording

David Boruff

Music

Merideth Boswell

Set Decorator

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Tristan Bourne

Dresser

Sarah Bowen

Art Department Coordinator

Marsha L Bozeman

Set Costumer

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Jon Bush

On-Set Dresser

Catherine Calleson

Assistant Sound Editor

Kevin A Canamar

Other

David T Cannon

Construction Coordinator

Richard L Carden

Dolly Grip

Chris Carpenter

Rerecording

Dave Carpenter

Music

Mark Carter

Set Production Assistant

Phillip V Caruso

Photography

Pamela Cederquist

Assistant Director

Martin Charles

Graphic Designer

Andy Chase

Music

Catherine Chase

Assistant Editor

Richard Chew

Editor

Diana Choi

Production Associate

Robin Citrin

Location Manager

Neil Citron

Music

Mark Cotone

Assistant Director

Doug Cowden

Dolly Grip

Keith P. Cunningham

Set Designer

Charlie Daboub

Assistant Art Director

Bill Dance

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Margo Day

Production Coordinator

R. Michael De Chellis

Rigging Gaffer

Jonathan Demme

Producer

Steve Dorff

Other

Susan Dudeck

Adr Editor

Nancy Duvall Horne

Assistant

Yusef Edmonds

Other

Carolyn L. Elias

Hair Stylist

Linda Elias

Song

Rick Elias

Song

Margaret E Elliot

Makeup Artist

Fred Elringham

Song

Thomas Enright

Other

Cindy Evans

Set Costumer

Patricia Eyerman

Technical Advisor

Pablo Ferro

Main Title Design

Howard Feuer

Casting

Rachel Flores

Production Assistant

Carmen Flores De Tanis

Assistant Sound Editor

Chris Fraiser

Music

Katterli Frauenfelder

Assistant Director

Leigh French

Adr

Alix Friedberg

Costumes

Tak Fujimoto

Director Of Photography

Stella Furner

Set Designer

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Recordist

David Gibbs

Song

Alex Gibson

Music Editor

John Glaeser

Other

Gary Goetzman

Song

Gary Goetzman

Producer

Frank Griffin

Makeup Artist

Craig Haagensen

Camera Operator

Dan Hamilton

Technical Supervisor

Tom Hanks

Song

Tom Hanks

Screenplay

John R Hansen

Accountant

Kimberly Harris

Adr Editor

Carol Hatchett

Choreographer

Craig 'pup' Heath

Other

Gary Hecker

Foley Artist

Hugo Herrera

Other

Brent Lon Hershman

Assistant Camera Operator

Phil Hetos

Color Timer

Beth Horton

Camera Assistant

Bart Hubenthal

On-Set Dresser

Phil Hurley

Song

Steve Hurley

Song

Steve Irwin

Video

Ari S Jacobs

Art Assistant

Dave Jahnsen

Sound

Johnnie Jenkins

Auditor

Bobby Johanson

Adr

Kathy Mcdonald Jones

Assistant Production Coordinator

Wayne Scott Joness

Song

Wayne Scott Joness

Music

Kent Jorgensen

Key Rigging Grip

Lb Kyle Keilman

Craft Service

Victor Kempster

Production Designer

Harry Kim

Music

Richard King

Sound Editor

Miura Kite

Assistant

Roger Knight

On-Set Dresser

Nicholas Vincent Korda

Adr Editor

Paul Kostick

Assistant

Chris Kruize

Production Auditor

Chris Kubin

Props

John Kurlander

Sound

Kimberly Lambert

Dialogue Editor

Adria Later

Other

Norma Lee

Hair Stylist

Daryl C Lefever

Production Auditor

Jessica W Leung

Dga Trainee

Dianne Linn

Adr

John Lissauer

Original Music

Emily Loreto

Wardrobe Assistant

Warren Luenig

Music

Greg Lundsgaard

Steadicam Operator

Ralph Maiers

Visual Effects

Gary Mallaber

Music

Robert Mann

Song

Robert Mann

Music

James Marchwick

On-Set Dresser

Don Markese

Other

Matthew Martin

Props

Masako Masuda

Set Designer

James Matheny

Dialogue Editor

Jonas C. Matz

Other

Larry Mccarron

Grip

Ryan T Mennealy

Art Assistant

Daniel P Moore

Video Assist/Playback

Alphonse Mouzon

Song

Virgil Naffarette

Adr

Christopher Napolitano

Lighting Technician

Edward R. Nedin

Other

Jason Newton

Grip

Christopher S Nushawg

Assistant Art Director

Valerie O'brien

Costumes

Donna O'neal

Costumes

Terry Odem

Associate Producer

Lisa Ozanne

On-Set Dresser

Deborah J Page

Assistant Location Manager

Dean Parks

Music

Eric E Paulson

Production Assistant

Mike Paventi

Transportation Captain

Jeffrey R Payne

Foley Editor

Rick Pekkonen

Sound

Joel Peskin

Music

Ken Peterson

Transportation Coordinator

Tina Peterson

Production Assistant

Yvette Peterson

Production Assistant

Mike Piccirillo

Song

Mike Piccirillo

Other

Marc Pitre

Other

Eric Potter

Sound Effects

Eva L. Prappas

Costumes

John Patrick Pritchett

Sound Mixer

Elizabeth Rabe

Hair Stylist

Monica Ragan

Assistant Property Master

Anne Rapp

Script Supervisor

Kris Redd-ginchereau

Transportation Captain

Robert Renga

Other

Charlene Richards

Adr Mixer

Jeff Richman

Music

David M Roberts

Boom Operator

John Robinson

Music

Scott Rogness

Music

Scott Rogness

Song

Michael John Ross

Sound

Walter Royle

Grip

Stephanie Rudat

Other

Steve Rundell

Visual Effects Supervisor

Doug Ryder

Sound

Monique Salvato

Assistant Sound Editor

Lisa A Satriano

Assistant Director

Edward Saxon

Producer

Steve Schaeffer

Music

Adam Schlesinger

Song

Adam Schlesinger

Music

Art Schwab

Camera Assistant

Lisa K Sessons

Other

Rick Sharp

Makeup Artist

Howard Shore

Other

Howard Shore

Music Conductor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Award Nominations

Best Song

1996

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 4, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 4, 1997

Feature film directing debut for two-time Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, who previously directed the "None But the Lonely Heart" episode of HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" series (USA/1992) and the "I'll Be Waiting" episode of Showtime's "Fallen Angels" series (USA/1993).

Began shooting November 28, 1995.

Completed shooting March 27, 1996.

Released in United States on Video March 4, 1997

Released in United States Fall October 4, 1996