That Thing You Do

Factual error: When the boys go to the radio show in CA, the DJ says to the listeners to keep Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st [1964] open. The 20th and 21st of August 1964 were a Thursday and a Friday.

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Factual error: Several times during the film a Zildjian stencil logo can be seen on the bottom of a cymbal. Zildjian did not start applying logos until the 1970s.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Faye and T.B. Player burst into the appliance store to announce the song was on the radio, watch the blue car behind them. It moves forward twice, depending on the camera shot.

Kent Blanch
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Trivia: Throughout the entire movie, no one ever says the bass player's name. Even in the credits, he is listed as T.B. Player and The Bass Player.

Trivia: Another Beatles parallel in the film: There's a scene where you see the band members play on stage and Mr. White is watching them (while moving his head along with the music). There's a famous picture of Brian Epstein (Beatles' mythological manager) doing the exact same thing on The Beatles' famous Shea Stadium concert.

Trivia: The name and logo of the record label in this movie, Playtone, became the name of Tom Hanks' production company.

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Mr. White: You guys look great in gold, have I told you that?

Lenny Haise: Here's the thing, we're not "The Wonders" right now, we're "Cap'n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters."

Lenny: "Skitch", how did we get here?
Guy: I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus.

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Question: Are the characters in this movie based on actual people? Is it a true story or a fictional story that was entirely possible?

Chosen answer: The movie was written by Tom Hanks and some what reflects the music industry during that time period. It is not about a real band, but shows how a lot of bands were treated at the time and how quickly you can rise and how you can fall even faster.

Bruce Minnick

Question: Does anyone know where I can get a transcript of this movie? Also, does anyone know if the song we hear in the movie is the original?

Chosen answer: I don't know about the script, but the song was definitely an original - and nominated for best original song that year.

K.C. Sierra

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