The Thing Called Love

Overview

A handful of up-and-coming songwriters discover that love is as difficult to navigate as the music business in this romantic comedy-drama from director Peter Bogdanovich. Miranda Presley Samantha Mathis is an aspiring singer/songwriter from New York City who loves country music and has decided to take her chances in Nashville, TN, where she hopes to strike it big as a musician. After arriving in the Music City after a long bus ride, Miranda makes her way to the Bluebird Café, a local watering hole with a ...
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Overview

A handful of up-and-coming songwriters discover that love is as difficult to navigate as the music business in this romantic comedy-drama from director Peter Bogdanovich. Miranda Presley Samantha Mathis is an aspiring singer/songwriter from New York City who loves country music and has decided to take her chances in Nashville, TN, where she hopes to strike it big as a musician. After arriving in the Music City after a long bus ride, Miranda makes her way to the Bluebird Café, a local watering hole with a reputation as a showcase for new talent. The bar's owner, Lucy K.T. Oslin, takes a shine to the shy but 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 look looking to land a gig or sell a song, among them sweet and open-hearted Kyle Davidson Dermot Mulroney, moody but talented James Wright River Phoenix, and spunky Linda Lue Linden Sandra Bullock. 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, while she finds it difficult to choose between the two. The Thing Called Love features cameos from a number of noted country performers, including Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Katy Moffatt, Jo-El Sonnier, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Sadly, The Thing Called Love would be best remembered as the last film actor River Phoenix completed before his death in the fall of 1993.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's cut with extended footage; Commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich; The Thing Called Love - A Look Back; The Look of the Film; Our Friend River; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • UPC: 097363284321
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Earl Poole Ball Floyd
Trisha Yearwood Herself
Larry Black Taxicab Driver
Kevin Bourland Publisher
Zoe Cassavetes Bluebird Waitress
O'Neal Compton Singing Cop
Ancel Cook Onlooker
Dianne Crittenden
Starletta DuPois Selma
Rosie Flores Writer's Circle Participant
Wayne Grace R.C.
Rick Hall Onlooker
Paul Hampton Doug Siskin
Barry "Shabaka" Henley Reverend Raymond
Jason Klassi Writer's Circle Participant
Micole Mercurio Mary
Katy Moffatt Herself
Tom Nolan Desk Cop
Valeri Ross Doctor
Jack Verbois Rear-ended Driver
Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director
Darlene K. Chan Co-producer
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Dianne Crittenden Casting
John Davis Producer
John A. Davis Producer
Steve Foley Associate Producer
George Folsey Jr. Executive Producer
Carol Heikkinen Screenwriter
Peter James Cinematographer
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
G. Marq Roswell Score Composer
Michael Seymour Production Designer
John J. Smith Production Manager
Terry Stokes Editor
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Thomas D. Wilkins Art Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Thing Called Love
1. Music City [10:30]
2. First Chances [5:26]
3. A Midnight Ride [8:26]
4. New Job [9:35]
5. Writing Partners [4:41]
6. Studio Time [9:06]
7. No Wonder [1:36]
8. Full Moon Dance [13:26]
9. Second Chance [6:36]
10. Supermarket Wedding [9:00]
11. Take It Outside [5:39]
12. Marital Bliss [4:56]
13. Big Break [7:07]
14. Going Back Home [7:22]
15. Something New [14:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Thing Called Love
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English 2.0 Surround
      Audio Options: Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
      The Thing Called Love - A Look Back
      The Look of the Film
      Our Friend River
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a very nice movie

    the thing called love is about a girl who wants to be a song writer she meets James played by River Phonix they get married as man and wife i think this is a very nice movie River Phonix is wonderful as James

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Nashville Girl @ heart

    This was an excellent movie about a woman with ambition trying to find herself. She fell in love and found it wasn't everything she deserved. She was strong enough to move on with her life only to find where she started was where she belonged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    For any Nashville Hopeful... or at least any music fan!

    In playing off the above description, this movie is an amazingly down home piece that awards its viewers with a great story, amazing cast, on location filming, and great use of a low budget. The film is one of my top favorites and it takes a lot to get there. The films greatest features are that the actors do their own singing, have great chemistry together, and are quite nice to look at otherwise. Their characters are believable which lends the viewer to the relaxed enjoyment of watching a film that could be about them or their friends. I think that this movie hits me particularly close because I want to be them, out there doing it, making it, and therefore I hold it in higher esteem. I'm sure that there would be others to tell you they found it lacking. I liked it because it wasn't a chick flick. There's something for everybody. Mostly, I think I enjoyed the interaction between the characters--their rivalries in music and love. Sandra Bullock's character is absolutely hysterical... rare footage of her there! Her character rooms in a hotel near the BlueBird Cafe with Samantha Mathis' character who loves River Phoenix's character who is best friends with Dermut Mulroney's character who's in love with Samantha Mathis' character, too. So while they're all trying to make it in the business, they're trying to make it in life and the movie is great for showing how the two are so inter-related for a musician/artist.

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