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- DescriptionNew Yorker Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis)--no relation to the King--buses it to Nashville and arrives with her guitar and the dream of making it big in country music. She meets other twentysomethings at the Bluebird Cafe, a popular local nightspot/talent showcase: Linda Lou Linden (Sandra Bullock), a sweet, talentless southern girl who becomes Mirandas roommate; Kyle Davidson (Dermot Mulroney) a Connecticut Yankee with country dreams and crush on Miranda; and River Phoenix as James Wright, a moody, talented musician to whom Miranda is drawn. These four hopefuls struggle with life and love as they try to achieve success. Various country stars, including Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis, appear as themselves, and K.T. Oslin plays Lucy, the talent gatekeeper at the Bluebird Café. Mathis, Phoenix, Mulroney, and Bullock all performed the vocals for their characters' songs. The film, directed by Peter Bogdanovich (MASK), marks Phoenix's final performance. The young actor died in 1993.
- Leading Role 1River Phoenix
- Director 1Peter Bogdanovich
- Leading Role 2Samantha Mathis
- Leading Role 3Sandra Bullock
- Additional Roles byDermot Mulroney
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2006
- Additional GenreRomantic
- Running Time110 minutes
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- 123-staceylou19 Oct, 2016by
enjoyed the film and the characters will certainly keep to watch again
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- 987441205@delet...07 May, 2012by
Great movie! I recommend it to anyone!
This movie has a great storyline and an amazing cast, including River Phoenix, Sandra Bullock and Samantha Mathis. It's a nice lovestory with a lot of music and humor!
- ollieheylow114 Oct, 2010by
The Thing Called Love
River Phoenix comes on like Jett Rink's autistic twin, Samantha Mathis is achingly gorgeous and the music is rather listenable. Peter Bogdanovich handles the material unpretentiously and the great performances all round make The Thing Called Love quite watchable.
- appletart8312 Jul, 2009by
Arrived promptly great service & very reasonably priced, a great must see film Samantha mathis & river phenix worked great in this film.
- 800538423@delet...07 Feb, 2009by
Easier to watch objectively after so long.
I first saw this excellent film very soon after its star, River Phoenix died. At the time I was unable to separate it from that recent tragedy, and my main memory was of a film that left me depressed. (I should also mention that back then I was only vaguely aware of the other actors, who all went on to prominent careers shortly after). Many years later, I am finally able to enjoy a terrific movie without being weighed down by baggage. It's also a lot better in this cut, which includes additional/extended scenes, and a (rather dry and repetitive, but nonetheless informative) commentary by the director. Yes, River looks like he's on drugs all the way through, which has bothered many fans. But he still gives a typically excellent performance. And this time around, I am able to better appreciate the talents of the other lead actors, who are now far better known to me than they were first time around. And this film is truly worth seeing for their performances alone - even if Phoenix wasn't in it! Samantha Mathis shines in every scene, as does Dermot Mulroney. Both display musical talents that come as some surprise after seeing many of their more recent movies. And Sandra Bullock is on top form here, demonstrating her fine comedic talents when she was still pure and un-tarnished by later, horrible films! (Not including Speed, in which she was still terrific!) But to sum it all up, the film's greatest achievement is this: I loathe country & western music! I find it almost impossible to listen to. And yet I LOVE this film! I enjoy all the songs. I'm interested in and care about all the characters. And I want them to all have a very successful career in country & western. Go figure! Great acting. Great directing. Great Music. (I can't believe I said it!) Timeless story told in a simple and honest way. Well worth a watch! Read full review