That Thing You Do!

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That Thing You Do! is a 1996 comedy-drama musical film. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall of a rock band that created the hit song, "That Thing You Do".

Written and directed by Tom Hanks.
In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.

Mr. White[edit]

  • You know, Horace was right about you, Guy; you are the smart one. Lenny is the fool, Jimmy is the... talent, and Faye is... well, now, Faye is special, isn't she? And you are the smart one. That's what I think, anyway.

Faye Dolan[edit]

  • [to Jimmy] I have wasted thousands and thousands of kisses on you - kisses that I thought were special because of your lips and your smile and all your color and life. I used to think that was the real you, when you smiled. But now I know you don't mean any of it. You just save it for all your songs. Shame on me for kissing you with my eyes closed so tight.


[the band's thinking of their name]
Faye: But I thought you already decided on The Echoes.
Jimmy: Nah, some band in Buffalo's the Echoes. And I wasn't wild about that.
Lenny: Let's just call us The - Band You're About To Hear.
Chad: How about The Corvettes?
Jimmy: Is that The Corvettes, or the Chordvettes?
Chad: No, Corvettes, like the car.
Jimmy: Well see, I was thinking like the Chord...[writes Chordvettes] Chordvettes, like chords in our music.
Lenny: [Guy walks in] Is that "Skitch" Patterson?
Chad: Here he is, Erie's lone beatnik.
The Bass Player: How about the Tempos? Ya know, tempos?
Lenny: Not the Tempos, the Tempos. I was in a band already called The Tempos, and we were... terrible.
Chad: Hey Guy, weren't you the drummer for the Tempos?
Guy: Heard that.

Villapiano: [laying out money on the bar] Know what that is?
Lenny: [pauses, then answers hesitantly] Pres - idential flash cards?
Villapiano: A bonus. Do you know why?
Lenny: I have no idea.
Villapiano: To entice you back! The word is out on you O-neders!
Lenny: Hey, that's O-nedders!

[Jimmy's not too pleased with The Wonders being at the shooting of beach flick "Weekend at Party Pier"]
Jimmy: Hey, do we have a Top 10 record?
Mr. White: You sure do.
Jimmy: Well, then, we shouldn't be here.
Mr. White: Jimmy, you'd rather be back on that state fair tour? They're playing in North Dakota this week.

Jimmy: [about Diane Dane] She told me never trust a label. And I'm beginning to believe her.
Lenny: Well, sure. I mean, come on. They put us up in a first class hotel, all expenses paid, while our record climbs the charts; bunch of lyin' snakes.
Jimmy: Sorry I'm buggin' you! I guess I'm alone in my principles.
[leaves the room]
Lenny: Oh come on. Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."

[The Wonders prepare to rock the Hollywood Television Showcase]
Lenny: Skitch, how did we get here?
Guy: I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus.

[Jimmy's infuriated about the TV footage of their performance]
Jimmy: It just appeared, like magic, for the whole world to see.
Faye: I didn't say anything, I was just as surprised as you.
Jimmy: "Careful, girls, he's engaged." Am I supposed to buy you some diamond ring now?
Faye: You're ruining this beautiful moment.
Jimmy: Where'd you get the idea that we're engaged? We're not! Last thing I need in the world!

[after Jimmy bolts the studio and Lenny is nowhere to be found]
Scott Pell: Well, I guess you don't need me today. [picks up guitar case and leaves]
Mr. White: Yeah. Wolfman, thank you very much. You're a good man, Scott Pell. Give me a call later on in the week. We'll do something. [Pell nods in agreement and leaves studio]
Guy: I can't believe this.
Mr. White: The Wonders are in breach of contract.
Guy: I'm sorry. I'm really sorry, Mr. White.
Mr. White: Well, don't worry. No one's going to prison, son. It's a very common tale.
Guy: Well, maybe for you, but I was in a band, we still have a hit record.
Mr. White: Yes, you do. The one-hit Wonders. A very common tale.
Guy: My first time in a real recording studio.
Mr. White: You want to hang around for a while? Ok by me, but you're out of the hotel this afternoon. Can't help that. [approaches Guy] You know, Horace was right about you, Guy; you are the smart one. Lenny is the fool, Jimmy is the... talent, and Faye is... [sees Guy's face change at mention of her name] well, now, Faye is special, isn't she? And you are the smart one. That's what I think anyway. [leaves studio]

[Knowing that Faye could be going back east and out of his life, Guy tries to go after her]
Lamarr The Doorman: So, young squire?
Guy Patterson: [to Faye] Before you go, let me ask you one question.
Faye Dolan: Shoot.
Guy: When was the last time you were decently kissed? I mean, truly, truly, good and kissed?
Faye: Dave Gammelgard, New Year's Eve, '61.
Guy: [pause] Okay. [kisses Faye, backs off and they kiss longer as Lamarr smiles]
Faye: [having kissed] We should have done that a long time ago.


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