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James Wright (River Phoenix) comes to Nashville from Texas and discovers that success in the recording industry - like love - is an exciting yet unpredictable thing in "The Thing Called Love." The Paramount film was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and produced by John Davis. The screenplay was written by Carol Heikkinen. George Folsey, Jr. is the executive producer and Darlene K. Chan is the co-producer.
ABOUT THE CAST
RIVER PHOENIX (James Wright) was honored with Best Actor awards from the Venice Film Festival and the National Society of Film Critics for "My Own Private Idaho." He received an Academy Award nomination and won National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Best Supporting Actor awards for "Running on Empty."
His other films include "Sneakers," "Dogfight," "I Love You to Death," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Little Nikita," "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon," "The Mosquito Coast," "Stand By Me," "Explorers," and the yet to be released "Silent Tongue." His upcoming projects include "Dark Blood," co-starring Judy Davis and directed by George Sluizer, and "Interview With A Vampire," directed by Neil Jordan.
Phoenix was born in Madras, Oregon. His family of seven travelled extensively before moving to California. His professional career started on television when he was ten years old with 22 episodes of "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers."
An accomplished guitarist, Phoenix's band Aleka's Attic was formed in 1987. The band featured on the album "Tame Yourself" with k.d. lang, the B-52's, Indigo Girls, and Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
SAMANTHA MATHIS (Miranda Presley) made her motion picture debut in "Pump Up The Volume." She followed with Nora Ephron's feature film "This Is My Life," and her voice was featured in the animated "FernGully . . . The Last Rain Forest." She most recently starred in "Super Mario Bros." and played a cameo role in "The Music of Chance."
Born in New York, Mathis moved to Los Angeles with her mother, actress Bibi Besch, when she was six. She began her professional acting career at age 16 and went on to co-star in the NBC television series "Aaron's Way" and the ABC series "Knightwatch." She also appeared on television in TNT's "Cold Sassy Tree."
Prior to her role in "The Thing Called Love," Mathis appeared on the New York stage in "Fortin Bras" at the Signature Theatre.
DERMOT MULRONEY (Kyle Davidson) received the Seattle Film Festival Best Actor award for "Where the Day Takes You." His films include "Point of No Return," "Samantha," "There Goes My Baby," "Bright Angel," "Longtime Companion," "Young Guns," "Staying Together," "Sunset," "Survival Quest," and the upcoming Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue." He is currently filming "Bad Girls" opposite Madeleine Stowe and Mary Stuart Masterson.
On television this year, Mulroney co-starred with Anjelica Huston in the ABC mini-series "Family Pictures" and TNT's "The Heart of Justice" with Dennis Hopper. His other TV appearances include "Unconquered," "Daddy," and HBO's "Long Gone," for which he received an ACE award nomination. He will next star in HBO's "The Last Outlaw" opposite Mickey Rourke.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mulroney graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied film, theatre and music.