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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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His story will have you singing, laughing, crying, cheering and stomping your feet. 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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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although the original name in the song "Peggy Sue" was Cindy Lou, as depicted in the movie, this was after Boddy Holly's niece, not his girlfriend. Holly renamed the song for J.D. Allison's girlfriend (and future wife), Peggy Sue Gerron. See more »

Goofs

The make out scene in Buddy's truck, the passenger window appears to be rolled up. But when the band mates pull up along side the truck and yell, Holly Holly Holly, the window is down. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Corrine, Corrina
Written by J. Mayo Williams (uncredited), Mitchell Parish (uncredited) and Bo Carter (uncredited)
Performed by Big Joe Turner
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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WELL-MADE BIOPIC WITH GREAT TURN BY GARY BUSEY!
3 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gary Busey's best performance in a nicely-flowing biography. Since had a musical background, he was able to do his own songs and it really works. It's always good to see that fine actor, Don Stroud (one of the crickets) and Charlie Martin Smith as well.

An 8 out of 10. Best performance = Gary Busey. Thankfully, Mr. Busey was Oscar-nominated for this, losing to Jon Voight in COMING HOME. A fairly low-budget flick that doesn't disappoint, with GREAT SONGS by Mr. Holly. I hope this made plenty of dough. Busey was never this popular again for varying reasons, but thankfully he has this one great one on his resume.


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