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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 ... Lucy
Anthony Clark ... Billy
Webb Wilder Webb Wilder ... Ned
Earl Poole Ball ... Floyd
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... Self
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Jimmie Dale Gilmore ... Self
Katy Moffatt Katy Moffatt ... Self
Jo-El Sonnier Jo-El Sonnier ... Self
Pam Tillis ... Self
Kevin Welch Kevin Welch ... Self
Trisha Yearwood ... Self
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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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The Greyhound bus is shown driving past the Bluebird. The Bluebird is nowhere near the Greyhound station or its route to the freeway, in Nashville. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in The Division: This Thing Called Love (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Blame It on Your Heart
Written by Harlan Howard and Kostas
Performed by River Phoenix
Also Performed by River Phoenix and Samantha Mathis
Also Performed by Deborah Allen
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Thanks to Peter...this film makes my wall of favorites
3 April 2006 | by RELveSee all my reviews

Thanks to Peter (Bogdonovich) for participating in this project/getting the movie re-released. Admittedly, it's not for everyone, but then, even the director admits it in his interview. In fact, he points out it's rather become a "cult classic" and I agree. So truthfully, I tell those who might view these commentaries, that we seem to separate into two camps: those who enjoy the entertainment value, and those who do not.

The film was not made to create any particular lessons, change your point of view about anything, in fact, it wasn't even written in such a way that any of the "players" were gonna become famous for their roles. Nevertheless, the film creates some interesting characters, characters whom all but the coldest-hearts-would certainly pull for as the movie unfolds. Also, the actors do an amiable job of creating endearment as they evolve a bit from beginning to end. Beyond that, there is also a terrific soundtrack of country music for those who love the genre, including three versions of "Blame It On Your Heart".

I sadly look over my shoulder to the memory of River Phoenix and may now be reminded of what a talent he truly could have developed into. And again viewing the movie, I found myself more forgiving to the original headlines of how/who may have brought about his demise. Each character in this movie brought something with them that still makes me a fan. Yes, I give the movie a "7", but, as with Samantha's little song near the end of the movie, this feature is on my wall of favorite dvds to stay!. I do hope others will join me in enjoying it's return to our screens. RLjr


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thing Called Love 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

Gross USA:

$1,029,721

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,029,721
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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