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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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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Music never felt this good. 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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$14,363,400 (USA)
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Trivia

Buddy Miles, one of the foremost rock drummers of the time the film was made, portrays one of the musicians Buddy Holly encounters during the course of his career. Miles, too, was used in the movie strictly as an actor, and did not perform. Producer Fred Bauer and director Steve Rash had met Miles a few years earlier in San Francisco, California while they were producing a television special on Sly Stone. Buddy Miles visited the "The Buddy Holly Story" shooting location to watch the filming and Bauer was so impressed by his enthusiasm, that he cast him in the movie. See more »

Goofs

As the disabled bus is towed into Clear Lake, Iowa, it is of the "Greyhound" cross-country type. In reality, The Winter Party '59 tour traveled in aged and unheated school buses. 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 at end of film: "Buddy Holly died later that night along with JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson and Ritchie Valens in the crash of a private airplane just outside of Clearlake... and the rest is rock 'n' roll!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 25 February 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
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Written by James Milton Black
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The "True Love Weighs" scene is fantastic.
31 January 2001 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

A fine film about the late great Buddy Holly. Watch it for no other reason than to see the scene where Buddy sings "True Love Weighs." Gary Busey did his own singing and that particular scene is fantastic. Overlook the various minor inaccuracies in this picture.


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