The Thing Called Love

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The Thing Called Love
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Director's Cut DVD cover
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Produced by John Davis
Written by Carol Heikkinen
Starring Samantha Mathis
River Phoenix
Sandra Bullock
Dermot Mulroney
Music by G. Marq Roswell
Cinematography Peter James
Edited by Terry Stokes
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
Running time 116 min./120 min. (director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14,000,000 (est.)
Box office $1,029,721 (USA)

The Thing Called Love is an American comedy-drama film released in 1993. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film's tagline is: "Stand by your dream."

The movie stars Samantha Mathis as Miranda Presley (not related to Elvis), who comes from New York City to Nashville, where she auditions at The Bluebird Cafe. She is not invited to perform, but she accepts a job as a waitress. She meets and falls in love with James Wright (River Phoenix), and she befriends Linda Lue Linden (Sandra Bullock).

While the movie involves a love triangle and various complications in Miranda's route to success, it provides a sweetened glimpse at the lives of aspiring songwriters in Nashville.

This was Phoenix's final complete screen performance before his death.

A "making of" documentary is available on the film's DVD release, titled The Thing Called Love: A Look Back.[1]

Plot[edit]

Miranda Presley is an aspiring singer/songwriter from New York City who loves country music and decides to take her chances in Nashville, Tennessee, where she hopes to become a star. After arriving in Music City after a long bus ride, Miranda makes her way to the Bluebird Cafe, a local watering hole with a reputation as a showcase for new talent. The bar's owner, Lucy, takes a shine to the plucky newcomer and gives her a job as a waitress.

Before long, Miranda has gotten to know a number of other Nashville transplants who are looking to land a gig or sell a song, including sweet and open-hearted Kyle Davidson, moody but talented James Wright, and spunky Linda Lue Linden. As the four friends struggle to find their place in the competitive Nashville music scene, both Kyle and James display a romantic interest in Miranda, but she is drawn to James in spite of his moody temperament. Miranda pursues James, and they end up getting married, but they soon realize marriage takes work. James leaves Miranda behind to make his album, what he always wanted to do, but realizes he left his heart with her. He comes back to the Bluebird Cafe but discovers that Miranda has left town. Miranda returns and sings a new song, before tentatively reuniting with James. Kyle joins them as Linda Lue leaves for New York, and the remaining three discuss writing a song together.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
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 Ned
Deborah Allen Herself
Jo-El Sonnier Himself
Pam Tillis Herself
Vern Monnett Himself
Kevin Welch Himself
Trisha Yearwood Herself
Carol Grace Anderson Diner Waitress
Garth Shaw Diner Patron
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Himself

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews.

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