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The Thing Called Love (Director's Cut) (1993)

River Phoenix , Samantha Mathis , Peter Bogdanovich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock, K.T. Oslin
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Carol Heikkinen
  • Producers: Darlene K. Chan, George Folsey Jr., John Davis, Steve Foley
  • Format: Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thing Called Love (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • The Thing Called Love: A Look Back featurette
  • The Look Of The Film featurette
  • Our Friend River tribute featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

In Nashville, there are 10,000 singer-songwriters chasing success... with one chance in a million of getting it. For Miranda "no relation to Elvis" 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); 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 Music City's well-worn highway, finding hope, heartbreak, happiness... and The Thing Called Love. Featuring songs and appearances by country music's hottest stars, The Thing Called Love will grab you like a great melody.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have and must-see June 28, 2006
By Orio
If I had to choose ONE movie to show and teach students the secrets of great actors-directing, it would be this one. The destiny of Peter Bogdanovich is amazing: celebrated as one of the world's best directors in the early 70s, he fell into disgrace because of private problems in the 80s, and rarely got a chance to direct anymore except for TV. Somehow it reminds me of the destiny of Wim Wenders, also celebrated as the new big thing in the 70s, and much disregarded today.

Both judgements were excessive. They probably weren't the best directors in the world in the 70s - but surely aren't the worst today.

This movie is a little, much under-rated and overlooked, certainly humble and understated gem. Bogdanovich shows here what it means to direct actors in a way that enhances their performances and brings out deep emotions. This is not a superficial movie. Instead, it is one that bears repeated viewings. And it has much of what life has: truth, emotions, changes. I especially like the ending. It seems to get back to the beginning, but it's not. Somehow, everything is there, but everything has changed forever. It's a happy ending, but bittersweet too. And like real life, it goes on, on a road where you can't follow, just like those friends you had and never met again, or just like your past memories.

I've been waiting for a decade to get a dvd of this movie. And I bought it immediately as it came out, because it is really unsure that they may ever reprint this once the first bunch is gone. So get it, don't miss it, this is the best advice I can give. Don't miss the experience of this movie. This is no special fx movie. This is actors cinema at its best. Something rare.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated film December 20, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the best films about the music business that I've seen. Good performances, great music, and an above-average script -- I don't understand why this film isn't more well known, and why it hasn't been released on DVD.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real Thing Called Love July 25, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
The Thing Called Love is about a real place in Nashville (The Bluebird Cafe) and is very true to life about the experiences of the young songwriters who come here to try to make it. Nashville doesn't have quite this many cowboy hats or this much line dancing, but the heartbreak and the excitement that is the daily life of the up and coming artists is right on. You might want to read more about the real place in "The Bluebird Cafe Scrapbook" which has a chapter about the making of this film. Also, some of the real artists in it have great albums out, including Kevin Welch and Pam Tillis.

I highly recommend this movie for people thinking of moving to Nashville to try to make it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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When this movie came out I was not yet in highschool and I found it fabulous. Now graduated from college I watched it again and found myself liking it for different reasons. Miranda Presley flees from New York to Nashville in hopes of becoming a country music star. She takes a job as a waitress at a famous little diner run by K.T.Oslin. In real life this is the same diner that 'discovered' lots of early country stars. She meets James, the cute but dark River Phoenix, and he has just signed a record deal. She becomes roommates with Sandra Bullock, an eager girl trying to make everybody else happy. And she also meets Kyle,played by Dermot Mulrouney, who has the hots for Miranda. They all want to become big stars, and so they audition over and over at the diner and this is where the movie takes place.

There is some love chasing as well as dream chasing. Miranda is on a mission and she unexpectedly finds herself while chasing a dream. We get to see the struggles of an aspiring song writer and find humor when everything looks like it's lost. This version of the dvd is great with extra scenes added in, and anyone who has watched this before will know what they are. We also get to see the making of the movie with interviews on River Phoenix, which is reason alone to buy the dvd.

Watching the film as an adult I found myself relating to everything. While I never wanted to be a star I do have dreams and watching these people chase them and fight for them made me try a little bit harder. All the actors became their character and made it that more real. If you like movies with comedy,drama,love,soul searching then you should try this one on for size.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST FILM EVER!!! March 1, 2006
By Belinda
Thank you!!!! At last we can own the best picture of all times. Great actors, great script, great songs. It's so amazing, a simple love triangle story that means so much. This is a dream come true.

Now it's only left a new soundtrack with all the songs sung by the actors...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU!!! November 23, 2005
Finally The Thing Called Love is getting the DVD treatment. It's the directors cut as well, isn't that amazing!!! I hope they re-release the soundtrack too. I like the way the actors sing the songs better than the singers on the original soundtrack. Anyway if you never seen this movie here's the scoop from imdb:

Young Miranda Presley, an aspiring Country-singer/writer, comes to Nashville, Tennessee, to enter the weekly singer contest held at "The Bluebird Cafe". There she meets James Wright, an energetic, but somewhat chaotic young man, Kyle Davidson, a more laid-back kind of guy and Linda Lue Linden, who's career may not necessarily be in Country... When both James and Kyle get attracted to Miranda, she makes a decision.
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the song which gets miranda her audition win
I hear it as 'Maybe God's a Woman Too' by Samantha Mathis, but it's actually "Big Dream" written by Alice Randall and Ralph Murphy.

Here is a link from River's site:

Awesome film BTW.:)
Jun 3, 2009 by Dana Lana |  See all 2 posts
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