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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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Storyline

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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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

Buddy's parents were not against the music as the movie said. Mrs. Holley even helped Buddy write "Maybe Baby". 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

That'll Be the Day
Written by Buddy Holly (uncredited), Jerry Allison (uncredited) and Norman Petty (uncredited)
Performed by Gary Busey
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I was there!
4 December 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to be an extra in this movie when I was about 13 during the roller rink scenes. My junior high school drama class was invited to participate. It was a fantastic experience.

Gary Busey, Charles Martin Smith and Don Stroud played the music live, all day! As a musician, I can appreciate the tireless work and dedication these guys put in to their roles. They must have played those songs 20 times. It's very difficult to maintain consistency and energy under those conditions. This is visible during a cut to a close-up on "That'll Be the Day," but fortunately the unsuspecting public probably wouldn't have picked it up.

Skating around all day, getting the day off from school and being transported back in time was a incredible thrill. I also had my first "date" on film. I had to walk a girl up to the ticket booth. Woo hoo! Even with an out-of-date haircut and hot lights melting the vaseline in my hair, it was still worth it. Fun stuff.

The movie is top notch and is highly satisfying as a whole. Busey delivers his best role ever and the supporting cast is superb. I'm glad to have participated in a great film of the day. To think I could have been in Corvette Summer or something. Not.

A funny ironic ending to this is that years later I was in a video store in Malibu looking at the movie the week it was released on video. Gary Busey walked in and stood right next to me. I showed him the cover and babbled on how great he was and how I was an extra and whatnot. Pretty weird, but very cool, for what it's worth.


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