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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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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 <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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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?


On the first day of filming, River Phoenix showed up high and blew several takes. As he attempted to hit his mark, he stumbled and almost fell, mumbling his lines into the ground, and not making eye contact with the other actors. Phoenix claimed to director Peter Bogdanovich that he had only taken a pain pill and one beer, and that he was mostly depressed over the recent breakup with girlfriend Suzanne Solgot. Bogdanovich would later minimize Phoenix's troubles that night and insisted that he didn't cause another problem for the rest of production. 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 »


James Wright: How many Beatles are there?
Kyle Davidson: Three... and Ringo.
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Written by Jon Ims
Performed by Trisha Yearwood
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Great film
25 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is amusing, touching AND captivating the whole way through. River Phoenix' performance, from his excellent singing voice to his southern accent, made me believe he was an up and coming country western singer. Phoenix becomes the insecure yet arrogant James Wright and I believe he played this character perfectly even with the obvious personal struggles in his life. River and Samantha Mathis have palpable chemistry that makes you believe James and Miranda can save their difficult relationship. All the actors in this film did a good job and the story line is enjoyable and unique. There is not one wasted moment of screen time as every scene is filled with continuity and story-driven dialogue.

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