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

In UsefulNotes/{{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]].

A 1993 {{dramedy}} film directed by Creator/PeterBogdanovich, 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".

!!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.
* 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.
%%* 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.