The Thing Called Love

The Thing Called Love

Peter Bogdanovich (1993)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Peter Bogdanovich directs River Phoenix in one of his final roles, in this run-of-the-mill drama about love and fame among a group of aspiring country singers. Phoenix is fine as the young singer trying to make a name for himself in Nashville, and he's backed up by a competent young cast which includes Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney and Sandra Bullock, as well as a handful of bona fide country singers. But despite the authenticity of the music and winning performances, it never really kicks into gear and ends up as a brief footnote to Phoenix's promising career which was so tragically cut short.


An aspiring singer-songwriter travels from New York to Nashville hoping to achieve fame and recognition in the capital of country music. She befriends three other people who have similar dreams, but the relationships between them prove complicated. Drama, starring River Phoenix, Sandra Bullock, Samantha Mathis and Dermot Mulroney.

Cast & Crew

Miranda Presley Samantha Mathis
James Wright River Phoenix
Linda Lue Linden Sandra Bullock
Kyle Davidson Dermot Mulroney
Lucy KT Oslin
Billy Anthony Clark
Ned Webb Wilder
Floyd Earl Poole Ball
Director Peter Bogdanovich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD