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Film / The Thing Called Love

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

A 1993 dramedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, featuring plenty of Country Music and a cast of young actors at the beginning or end of their career.

In Nashville, there are over 10,000 aspiring 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 to Music City from New York City, Miranda befriends three fellow hopefuls: shy Connecticut cowboy Kyle Davidson (Dermot Mulroney), spunky Southern Belle Linda Lue Linden (Sandra Bullock), and James Wright (River Phoenix), a cocky Texan with brooding good looks and a honeyed voice. Together they begin a rocky ride down the industry's well-worn highway, finding hope, heartbreak, happiness ... and, yes, the thing called love.

There's a well-made DVD out there that has an audio commentary and several nice extras, including a particularly tear-jerking tribute to Phoenix (who died two months after this film's release) called "Our Friend River".

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