That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do! is an American feature film from the year 1996. With this film, Tom Hanks made ​​his debut as a director.


Guy Patterson, ambitious drummer, performs as an assistant in the electrical business of his father in the sixties a sad life. This changes are looking for a temporary help for their injured drummer than the familiar members of a local band. The band wants to participate in this evening in a talent contest at school. Guy says to and influenced the band significantly. When it comes to the appearance of the " Wonders " Guy plays the former ballad in a significantly faster, more rhythmic beat and makes so from the song That Thing You Do! a rock 'n ' roll piece.

The audience is enthusiastic, the Wonders win the first prize, get a commitment and take the song to drive to. During one of their fully attended performances a manager becomes aware of them picks them under contract. When the song is even played on the radio, the Wonders come at a major record label under and go on tour and eventually occur even in the most successful television show in the country.

Soon there will be difficulties within the band. The band's founder and songwriter Jimmy soon feels his art sold to the commercial, he also neglected his girlfriend Faye. Guitarist Lenny is more interested in the screaming girls and beautiful women as for the music, the bass player is already mentally in the Army and Guy tries to please everyone and hold the band.

Finally, the band falls apart when Jimmy realizes that his talent is not to be encouraged, but the record bosses dictate the music. Lenny is blown with a blonde beauty to Las Vegas, got married there and became rich when gambling, and the bass player is long gone with his friends from the Army to Disneyland.

Guy accepted the end of the band and is now planning his own way as a musician to move on. Later, he and Faye are jointly establish a music academy, Jimmy is celebrating success in another band.


Adam Schlesinger was for the song That Thing You Do! nominated for film awards Oscar, Golden Globe and Golden Satellite Award and won the Florida Film Critics Circle Award. The film was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Musical or Comedy.

Inconsistencies in the film

  • When the band is looking for a name for the band, Jimmy makes the suggestion: " Heardsmen " and makes an allusion to the hearing and stated that it would be one of the six senses.
  • At the beginning of the film Lenny explicitly points out that he has! " That thing you do" written the title, together with Jimmy. On the plate pressing his name is no longer to be found.


The actors played throughout the film, the instruments and sang well. Since none of them at the beginning mastered an instrument, they had to be trained on this. It can be seen throughout the film is often very striking that the two guitarists but often awkwardly stare at her fretboard to find the next chord.

The song " That Thing You Do! "

That Thing You Do! was composed by Adam Schlesinger. The song was released for promotional purposes as a single of the fictitious, known from the movie band The Wonders in the U.S. and managed a respectable number 41 in the U.S. Billboard charts.