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1996 – That Thing You Do!
Tom Hanks as Mr. White/Director/Writer

Directed by: Tom Hanks
Written by: Tom Hanks
Produced by: Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman, Edward Saxon
Production year: 1996
Original release: 4 October 1996 (USA)
Running time: 1 Hour, 48 Minutes
Other cast: Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech
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Recounts a fable of a pop rock band formed a year after the Beatles took America by storm in early 1964. 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. After Guy injects a four/four rock beat into lead singer Jimmy’s ballad, the song’s undeniable pop power flings the Wonders into a brief whirlwind of success, telling the tale of many American bands who attempted to grab the brass ring of rock and roll in the wake of the British Invasion.