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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.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writer:

Carol Heikkinen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
River Phoenix ... James Wright
Samantha Mathis ... Miranda Presley
Dermot Mulroney ... Kyle Davidson
Sandra Bullock ... Linda Lue Linden
K.T. Oslin K.T. Oslin ... Lucy
Anthony Clark ... Billy
Webb Wilder Webb Wilder ... Ned
Earl Poole Ball ... Floyd
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... Herself
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Jimmie Dale Gilmore ... Himself
Katy Moffatt Katy Moffatt ... Herself
Jo-El Sonnier Jo-El Sonnier ... Himself
Pam Tillis ... Herself
Kevin Welch Kevin Welch ... Himself
Trisha Yearwood ... Herself
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Storyline

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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Stand By Your Dream

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem nevű dolog See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$433,254, 29 August 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,029,721
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

River Phoenix wrote his character's song 'Lone Star State Of Mine' specifically for the film. See more »

Goofs

When James and Miranda get married in the mini-mart, there are four other customers watching them, but only James' truck is out front. See more »

Quotes

[Kyle runs into back of a guy's car and a crowd gathers]
Driver: Didn't you see the stop sign?
Kyle Davidson: That's my song!
Driver: Well, that's my car!
Kyle Davidson: That's my song playing on the radio!
Driver: You wrote that song?
Kyle Davidson: Yeah!
Bystander: You're a better songwriter than you are a driver.
Kyle Davidson: That's my song!
Bystander: That song's all right.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Help Falling in Love
Written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of the RCA Records label of BMG Music
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Gen-X goes country in this good ol' story of singin' and lovin'.
8 February 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

Not being a legitimate lover of romantic movies, THE THING CALLED LOVE did offer some pleasurable good times. Here's a real surprise treat, a movie about the love and lifestyles of the Music City world with a bright young cast, including Sandra Bullock in her impressive character as "Linda Lue". The long-late River Phoenix deserves some special attention in his guitar & singing numbers and his interaction with Samantha Mathis, a role that is among the best remembered. I'll admit the songs aren't half bad, but a few are just forgettable. The best part worth watching is Trisha Yearwood's car break-in, and even the real T. Y. makes a brief cameo! Enjoyably entertaining in a good ol' boy & girl spectacle, but for two hours, the experience tends to run too long. A pretty good movie, but I'll pass. Perfect for the leather & boots crowd.


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