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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  3 November 1978 (Finland)
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

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The musical career of rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly is chronicled, from the days when "Peggy Sue" was "Cindy Lou", a song about his first girlfriend, to the meteoric run of "That'll Be the Day" up the charts, to his marriage, breakup with the Crickets, reunion with the Crickets, and untimely death. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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The music you'll love forever. The man you'll never forget. The movie you must not miss. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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3 November 1978 (Finland)  »

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A História de Buddy Holly  »

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Trivia

Because of the film's budget constraints, most all of the performances were done in one or two takes (According to director Rash) This led to some "happy accidents" of realism. For instance, Busey refers to handwritten lyrics on his guitar when singing "Mockingbird Hill", He flubs some of the song lyrics on the Ed Sullivan show performance of "Maybe, Baby", Buddy's vibrant concert performance with Eddie Cochran was actually a "rehersal" that the director decided not to film again, and Busey's guitar cord gets wrapped around his leg during the final concert. See more »

Goofs

Buddy and Maria are shown at a 3D movie in 1957. These type of movies were popular in 1953 and 1954. No mainstream 3D movies were produced in the '50s after 1954. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buddy Holly: Hey, Riley, we're all plugged in and checked up... yeah, we're ready.
Buddy Holly: [to Ray Bob] Riley wants to hear you at the mike - that's the one right there; say somethin' into that mike.
Ray Bob Simmons: One, two, three, testing... one...
Buddy Holly: [to Riley] How's that sound?
Riley Randolph: All right, that's a good level, Buddy, hold it right there... Yeah, you better get ready, it's about thirty seconds till eight.
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Crazy Credits

Caption shown after the end credits are over: "This film is dedicated to those who loved him first - Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Holley, Maria Elena Holly" See more »

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Referenced in The Exes: The Holly's Buddies Story (2013) See more »

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Chantilly Lace
Written by The Big Bopper (uncredited)
Performed by Gailard Sartain (uncredited)
Glad Music
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Busey's Best
10 December 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

At times, you forget that you are watching Gary Busey play Buddy Holly and start to think that you are really watching Buddy Holly! Besides the terrific acting, Busey is really singing and playing the guitar when on stage. The movie is made as real as a documentary. Like snap shots from his life, the Buddy Holly Story is just that, Buddy Holly's story.


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