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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:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sandra Bullock co-wrote and performed the song "Heaven Knocking On My Door" in this film. See more »

Goofs

The first time Miranda sings at the Blue Bird the application that is rejected has a different name on it. See more »

Quotes

Miranda Presley: Hey. You know, I don't appreciate you including me in your lie back there. Especially without asking me.
James Wright: Well, that's a fine point to make. Thank you.
Miranda Presley: Okay.
James Wright: There might be a song in that.
Miranda Presley: Huh?
James Wright: I was gonna ask you out for a beer, but i've since changed my mind.
Miranda Presley: What is that? Some kinda line?
James Wright: Yes.
Miranda Presley: Does it work?
James Wright: Sometimes. Rarely.
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Connections

Referenced in By Bogdanovich (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone Else's Used Guitar
Written and Performed by Dermot Mulroney
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Very good movie so why no DVD release?
30 November 2004 | by PatatinoSee 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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