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-> ''Look out Music City, cause here I am and I ain't never leavin'!''
-->-- '''Miranda Presley'''

In Nashville, there are 10,000 singer-songwriters chasing success ... with one chance in a million of getting it. For Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis), that's one chance worth taking. Fresh from New York City, Miranda befriends three fellow hopefuls: shy Connecticut cowboy Kyle Davidson (Dermot Mulroney), SouthernBelle Linda Lue Linden (Creator/SandraBullock), and James Wright (Creator/RiverPhoenix), a cocky Texan with brooding good looks and a honeyed voice. Together they begin a rocky ride down Music City's well-worn highway, finding hope, heartbreak, happiness ... and [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove The Thing Called Love]].

1993 movie featuring plenty of CountryMusic and a cast of actors at the [[Creator/SandraBullock beginning]] or [[Creator/RiverPhoenix end]] of their career. There's a well-made DVD out there that has an [[DVDCommentary audio commentary]] and several nice extras including a particularly [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] one called "Our Friend River".

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!!Tropes featured in this film:
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Linda Lou Linden. And Miranda Presley.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther
* BelligerentSexualTension: Miranda and James, resulting in quite a bit of SlapSlapKiss.
* BetaCouple: Linda and Billy.
* BettyAndVeronica: Kyle is the Betty, James is the Veronica.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
--> '''Miranda:''' You're always asking everyone else what they think.
--> '''Linda:''' That's right. And you know what? I'm not going to do it anymore. If I don't feel like bein' nice to somebody, I'm just goin' to be mean ... or at least impolite.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to both James and Miranda.
* ButtMonkey: Billy, Linda's would-be boyfriend.
* CockFight: Kyle and James have a brief one over Miranda.
* ConvenientSlowDance
* CrashIntoHello: James and Miranda meet for the first time on the parking lot of the Bluebird Café, both late for the audition that takes place there. [[WhatTheHellHero James then proceeds to involve Miranda in a scheme attempting to get in.]]
* DaddysGirl: Miranda. James calls her out on it.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Miranda lost her father prior to the beginning of the movie, and just can't stop thinking about him.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Kyle.
* TheDitherer: Linda can't decide between becoming a singer, a beauty contestant, or an actress.
* FailedAuditionPlot: The movie starts as this for Miranda, but soon turns into more of a romance plot.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
** TheCynic: Miranda.
** TheOptimist: Linda.
** The Realist: James.
** The Conflicted: Kyle.
* FourthDateMarriage: Quite literally.
* GilliganCut: Miranda ''really'' doesn't want to have the waitress job. The next time we see her, she's indeed waiting tables.
--> '''Miranda:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I'm writing a song about a waitress who kills herself.]]
* GiveMeAReason: James provokes Kyle about getting the girl.
* HiddenDepths: Linda has some.
--> '''Linda:''' You know, sometimes people aren't exactly the person you might think they are when you first meet someone.
* HotBlooded: Miranda.
* IAmNotMyFather: James is afraid of unintentionally becoming the same bad person his father was.
* InvisibleAdvertising: Paramount only distributed the film in the South and left it for dead in a crowded summer as they felt that the film had very limited appeal outside of country music fans. When the director found out about this, he was not pleased (as he felt it was one of his better films). Eventually, the film was re-marketed as an art film after River Phoenix's death in some markets but audiences still didn't show.
* TheInsomniac: Miranda, to the point of it seriously impeding her relationship with James.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: James.
* LastMinuteHookup: James and Miranda make up during the last couple of minutes of the film.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: There's a display board titled "Weeklyrates new pool" in the street outside the Drakes Hotel (where Miranda und Linda stay) which comments on plot developments in the form of song lines.
* LetsDuet: Miranda and James, "Blame It On Your Heart."
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple:
--> '''James:''' It seems as though you've made a cheque out for "selfish, arrogant dickhead."
--> '''Miranda:''' Yeah, they'll cash it. They know it's you.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that they're actually married by this point. Though not for a very long time.
* LoveWillLeadYouBack
* MyBelovedSmother: Linda Lou's mother shows traits of this.
* NaiveNewcomer: Miranda, at first.
* NamesTheSame: Miranda insists her last name bears no relation to that other [[ElvisPresley Presley]].
** Actually Presley is her middle name. Her father was an Elvis fan.
* NiceGuy: Kyle.
* OhCrap: When Kyle falls off a horse and has to be taken to the hospital. And again when he falls off a railway bridge.
* PluckyComicRelief: Linda is a particularly [[TheCutie cute]] version.
* RuleOfFun: The record company where Miranda tries to land a deal is simply called "The Famous Music Publishing Companies."
* ShutUpKiss
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Interestingly, Miranda can't decide between this and AllGirlsWantBadBoys for a long while.
* SkywardScream: See the title quote. Done from the roof of a skyscraper.
* StepfordSmiler: Linda, very much so.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Miranda, James and Kyle make up and drive away together, planning their future in an AndTheAdventureContinues manner.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: James.
* TheyDo
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* {{Tsundere}}: Miranda.
* WackyMarriageProposal: It features a plastic ring and takes place in a supermarket.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Linda Lou apparently had a thing for Kyle -- [[ObliviousToLove who never realized]]. She tells him about it on their departure.
--> '''Linda:''' You know, there's something that you never understood about me ... You could have had me for a song.