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That Thing You Do (Widescreen)

Tom Hanks , Liv Tyler , Tom Hanks    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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That Thing You Do! les wonders est un film américain réalisé par Tom Hanks, sorti en 1996. Remplaçant au pied levé le batteur d'un groupe de rock composé d'amis, Guy Patterson se rend responsable du succès que le groupe aura dans une petite soirée étudiante. Très vite repéré par un manager, le groupe, The Wonders, commence à envahir les ondes marquant ainsi le début de son ascension vers la gloire et la célébrité.


Tom Hanks's debut as a writer and director is a lively, affectionate account of the shooting-star career of a forgotten (fictional) '60s pop-rock band called The Wonders--as in "one-hit wonders." Hanks plays the manager of the group, which includes drummer Guy "Sticks" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) who works the floor at his parents' appliance store in Erie, Pennsylvania; Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech), the talented and temperamental lead singer and songwriter; Lenny (Steve Zahn), the goofy guitarist; and Ethan Embry as a geeky little fellow identified in the cast list only as "The Bass Player." The movie traces their meteoric rise and fall, from cutting their first record, to going on tour with a Phil Spector/Motown-type revue, to the internal tensions that lead to the band's disintegration, which comes when they fail to follow up their smash hit single, "That Thing You Do!" And that song, by the way, is so catchy it would definitely have been a hit in 1964--and deserves to be one today. This delightful movie would make a great double-bill with Allison Anders's wonderful Grace of My Heart. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "We can use the 'Wonders' with an 'O' 'N' 'E'" July 13 2004
This is one of Tom Hanks' best!
Written, directed, and starring Tom Hanks, 'That Thing You Do!' tells the charming story of a small town band hitting the big times. It starts with the find of a perfect drum player and ends in a wonder.
Guy Patterson is helping run the family appliance store, something he could live without doing, Jimmy is the lead singer to a newly started rock band with one problem: his band has its first gig and no drum player!
That's when Guy comes in, with his amazing fast drum playing skills, which turns the band's best song, "That Thing You Do", from good to great!!! They recieve a standing ovation and are asked to perform another gig! After making a single recording of "That Thing You Do!" on a record, they get a manager, who leads them to their new manager, Mr. White (Hanks).
After making the radio and hitting a state fair tour, the band fly to California where they are given a chance to perform live on TV!
As the worst would happen, something dramatic with Jimmy and his girlfriend, who is also their costume mistress, and the band break up. Giving the song "That Thing You Do!" a lable as a One-Hit Wonder.
The movie is awesome, all in all. It delivers fast, fun comedic jokes and has very snappy and catchy music. The ending is very sweet, giving a brief on all the main characters and where they are today. This movie will touch your heart, if not through the story, then the music.
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This is a movie about a 1964 garage rock band called "The Wonders" that catapults to the big time in one summer then disbands, having made only one hit -- get it? The one-hit-Wonders!

My husband came of age in the 60's and he finds it immensely entertaining. He always laughs at the all-girl band Tom Hanks cleverly creates to showcase local 60's mediocrity -- and he's laughing at himself, remembering some of his own mediocre music ensembles from the same decade. But he only laughs during that one song; the rest of the music in this movie is excellent. Every time he hears the alterative version of the main song (during the end credits) he wishes that his own garage band would have had access to music like that.

1964 was an interesting time for pop music; it included 50's type genres as well as rock and roll (which is usually associated with the 60's, although it began earlier), and this movie (and soundtrack) capture it beautifully. The "Playtone Galaxy of Stars" (Playtone being the fictitious recording lable featured in the movie) includes a black girl's group, a glamourous blond pop singer and a tall, dark, handsome guy, reminiscent of a certain "look" from the late 50's/early 60's who sings a song hummorously reminiscent of "Secret Agent Man." Even jazz is featured: when the group falls apart, the drummer gets to jam with a black Jazz pianist that he's admired for years.

Not only do the Wonders sing the phenominally catchy and immensely listenable title tune (and the actors are really playing and singing, which is quite an achievement) but several others: my personal favorite is the jazzy "Dance With Me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Spartacus March 16 2004
No matter what you hear, this is one really fun movie. From the start with the frustrations of relationships within a neighborhood rock and roll band, to the development into a number one hit, this movie takes you on the ride from small Erie, PA across the country to Hollywood.
Hanks does a tremendous job bringing together some unknowns to develop a great idea. This band, the Oneders - then the Wonders - goes through changes and the movie seems to be like the life of both the early Beatles and the Monkees combined. There is a 60s quality to the movie that gives it a very pleasant charm. Innocence is really shown in the movie, then characters develop and become a little more experienced in life.
The life of the bands working on a cross country trip as part of a record label as they track their meteoric rise to the top is especially interesting.
There is one scene in the movie that actually can give you the chills, you really get a kick out of the joy the band feels as Liv Tyler and friends run down a busy Erie street, probably State Street, screaming and yelling and jumping up and down when their new song has hit the airwaves for the first time. If there was ever a scene showing immense joy, this is possibly it.
Well casted, well produced, the movie is a fun romp through the development of a Wonder. The extras in the DVD are fun as well. This is a must for families and is watchable for any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated Jan. 19 2004
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! As a child of the 60s and a musician, I loved this movie from the first few minutes of it. The sets, the clothes, the music, and everything down to the small details is represented here to give a true feel for what the early to mid sixties were like, minus the politics and Vietnam.
Before radio music became a commercially diluted and corporate industry there were "garage-bands" galore and many of the little-remembered names of the genre started out as such. The Wonders in "That Thing You Do!" could easily be a number of bands that were a one-hit-wonder (or two or three) and then just disappeared from the scene. Nevertheless, they all helped shape some of the best music of that era, and Tom Hanks perfectly represents that phenomena in this movie.
If you remember the early 60's fondly, you should truly enjoy this film and it will probably bring back fond memories. The depiction of Erie, PA during this timeframe is probably representative of many small to medium size American towns and certainly brought back great memories for me of better times gone by.
The music rocks, the dialogue is hip, and the love story rounds it out perfectly.
Buy this movie and then by the CD soundtrack; you won't be sorry!
(**TRIVIA: another Tom Hanks produced movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", has a "That Thing You Do!" song played during the wedding reception - do you know which one?**)
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun
This movie is probably the only one of Tom Hank's movies from the past that I actually like. It's a fun story about a group of teenagers who actually make it big with their music... Read more
Published 11 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A 90's classic that really holds up!
Loved the movie when it first came out. Bought it again to watch with the family, now the kids want to learn to be a band so they can play this song. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Greg
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Published 19 months ago by DAVID MILES
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, nothing special
I expected an entertaining movie judging by these reviews,
but I was disappointed. This is a trite, ordinary movie with a catchy song.
Published on June 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An ode to garage bands
Yes, on the surface, That Thing You Do! is somewhat of a feel good movie. More than that however, it is a heartfelt ode to the garage band movement gaining momentum in the early... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Count me in. This one's a keeper.
I originally stumbled upon this movie on VH-1's "Movies That Rock". For several weeks it seemed that whenever I sat down and started flipping around the channels, this... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by William J. Eichelberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and charming.
This is a delightful movie, probably unlike any you've ever seen. All the characters are so well balanced and adorable, and their story is so well told that it makes you feel it's... Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by M. E. Volmar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great feel-good movie
I first rented this movie not knowing what to expect. I almost immediately bought my own copy. This is the dream of every teenaged boy who grew up in the 60's and 70's: Starting... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Steve Herr
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT Thing this movie does
This is just such a superb movie. I've watched this film no less than 20 times and enjoy it each and every time. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Alicia Walker
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