The Thing Called Love (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  27 August 1993 (USA)
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A group of newcomers to the country music business seek love and stardom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
K.T. Oslin ...
Webb Wilder ...
Deborah Allen ...
Jimmie Dale Gilmore ...
Katy Moffatt ...
Jo-El Sonnier ...
Kevin Welch ...


Miranda Presley moves from New York to Nashville to become a song writer. At an unsuccessful audition she meets James Wright a promising newcomer. After only a few days they marry, head over heels, but start to regret it very soon. Written by Matthias Scheler <>

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem nevű dolog  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$1,029,721 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The most financially unsuccessful film of 1993, earning only $1 million gross from a budget of $14 million. See more »


When James and Kyle fight in the parking lot of the Bluebird after Linda Lou wins 4th prize in the Miss Nashville pageant, Kyle falls. Linda Lou is on top of Kyle in one shot, but in the next, she is behind him, squatting down. See more »


Linda Lue Linden: You Know Kyle Davidson, there's something you never knew about me.
Kyle Davidson: What's that?
Linda Lue Linden: [she kisses him] You could have had me for a song
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Referenced in The Division: This Thing Called Love (2002) See more »


Written by Hank Cochran
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of the RCA Records label of BMG Music
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Very good movie so why no DVD release?
30 November 2004 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This movie is very good, it is straight and honest and true on human feelings as is miles away from the stereotyped musical comedies. Watching it is just a breath of fresh air.

The music is very good, the acting ranges form good to excellent, and director Bogdanovich displays real class touch in some scenes. Bogdanovich is very good at directing young actors, as it was very clear since his "Last Picture Show" movie of the early 70s.

The actors: Phoenix doesn't do much real acting but his presence has something magnetic to it and it's a real shame that he passed away, he would have become one of the greatest actors of today. Mathis is fresh, unmannered and straight, a real girl not a stereotype. At last! You can't say she's beautiful or sexy but man she has presence and personality, you can't but fall in love with her. Bullock plays the ingenue and she does it very well, even in this early movie she displays the acting qualities she became much appreciated for afterwards.

It is a real shame that "The Thing Called Love" hasn't been released on DVD yet. Paramount announced an October 26th, 2004 release which didn't happen. This must be a cruel joke as it's years that we are waiting for this release. Paramount executives, if you read this, please deliver this movie on DVD. I am sure that you won't regret it.

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