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Director:
Writers:
Alan Swyer (story)
John Goldrosen (source material "Buddy Holly His Life and Music")
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Release Date:
3 November 1978 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Music never felt this good. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
set the standard See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gary Busey ... Buddy

Don Stroud ... Jesse

Charles Martin Smith ... Ray Bob

Conrad Janis ... Ross Turner
William Jordan ... Riley
Maria Richwine ... Maria Elena
Amy Johnston ... Cindy Lou

Dick O'Neill ... Sol Gittler (as Dick O'Neil)

Fred Travalena ... Madman Mancuso
Neva Patterson ... Mrs. Holly

Arch Johnson ... Mr. Holly
John F. Goff ... T.J. (as John Goff)

Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Santiago
Jody Berry ... Engineer Sam
Richard Kennedy ... Preacher
Jim Beach ... Wilson

Gailard Sartain ... Big Bopper
Albert Popwell ... Eddie

Paul Mooney ... Sam
Freeman King ... Apollo M.C.
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Luther (as Stymie Beard)
Bill Phillips Murry ... Desk Clerk
Joe Renzetti ... Violinist #1
Rajah Bergman ... Violinist #2
Alan Peterson ... 8 Year Old
John Waldron ... 6 Year Old
M.G. Kelly ... Avalon M.C.
Craig White ... King Curtis
Jerry Zaremba ... Eddie Cochran
John B. Jarvis ... Pianist - Eddie Cochran Band
Richard Hayward ... Drummer - Eddie Cochran Band
David Miner ... Bass - Eddie Cochran Band
Jack Denbo ... New York Cabbie
Paul Carmello ... Mr. Parker
Robert Christopher ... Cadillac Salesman (as Bob Christopher)
Jack Jozefson ... Stage Manager
Buddy Miles ... Tour Musician
Loutz Gage ... Producer
Peter Griffin ... Director
Gilbert Melgar ... Richie Valens
John Fisher ... Man in Theater
Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan (voice)
Bill Lytle ... Delbert
Raoulle ... Barking Dog
Cora ... Ruby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mags Kavanaugh ... Sissy Lou (uncredited)
Hope Sage ... Fan (uncredited)
Eric Voge ... Groupie (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Rash 
 
Writing credits
Alan Swyer (story)

John Goldrosen (source material "Buddy Holly His Life and Music")

Robert Gittler (screenplay)

Produced by
Frances Avrut-Bauer .... associate producer
Fred Bauer .... producer (as Freddy Bauer)
Edward H. Cohen .... executive producer
Fred T. Kuehnert .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
 
Cinematography by
Stevan Larner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David E. Blewitt  (as David Blewitt)
 
Casting by
Joyce Selznick 
 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden  (as Tom Roysden)
 
Makeup Department
Doris Alexander .... makeup artist
Gerry Leetch .... hair stylist (as Gerry Becker Leetch)
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
 
Production Management
Don Goldman .... production manager (as Donald Goldman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol Himes .... assistant director
Robert J. Smawley .... second assistant director (as Bob Smawley)
 
Art Department
Michael C. Ayers .... assistant property master (as Michael Ayers)
Anthony P. Cellucci .... swing gang (as Tony Cellucci)
Robert W. Dutton .... swing gang (as Robert Dutton)
Victor Goldis .... construction foreman
Jack Holz .... construction foreman
Ronald C. Jacobs .... swing gang (as Ron Jacobs)
Ron McCaffrey .... labor foreman
James A. Rathbun .... swing gang (as Jim Rathbun)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master
Mort Zwicker .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Joel Fein .... sound re-recordist
Joel Fein .... special audio
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (as Walter Gest)
Robert W. Harris .... sound assistant (as Bob Harris)
Marvin E. Lewis .... sound assistant (as Marvin Lewis)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound effects editor (as Colin Mouat)
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recordist
Jerry Stanford .... dialogue editor
Curly Thirlwell .... sound re-recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charlie Albrecht .... grip
Tom Bookout .... grip
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
David Dalzell .... camera operator
John Davis .... best boy
Allen Facemire .... director of photography: second unit (as Alan Facemire)
John Falone .... grip: second unit
Sherman Fulton .... lamp operator (as Sherman Fulton Jr.)
Michael Goldstein .... camera assistant (as Mike Goldstein)
Gene Griffith .... key grip (as Eugene Griffith)
Bob Harkins .... grip
Elisha Harris .... lamp operator
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma LaMana)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Calvin Maehl .... gaffer
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... lamp operator (as Jeffrey Peterson)
Steve Peterson .... camera assistant (as Steven Peterson)
Randall Robinson .... Steadicam assistant
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera
Thomas Sands .... grip best boy
Robert Segars .... gaffer: second unit
Steve Stafford .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Sharon Benson .... extras casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... wardrobe
Bill Flores .... costumer: male
Thalia Phillips .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Susanne Gervay .... negative cutter
Mark Newman .... apprentice film editor
James Seidelman .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Bud Buschardt .... music research
Frank Capp .... musical contractor (as Frankie Capp)
Joe Renzetti .... conductor
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (as Jack Tillar)
 
Transportation Department
Rene Baken .... driver
Norm Benson .... driver
Reed Cohan .... driver
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (as Donald Desmond)
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (as Thomas Gordon)
Clive Henderson .... driver
William Jakubecy .... driver
Darwin Joston .... driver
Herald Koger III .... driver
Bob Limon .... driver
Gary Littlefield .... transportation coordinator
Jean Spray .... transportation captain
Fred Stretch .... driver
Jerry Weiss .... driver
Janet Woodd .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael Ackley .... stand-in
Larry Joe Berger .... stand-in
Pat Bradley .... assistant to producer
Suzy Dahl .... secretary to producer
Douglas Dean III .... production assistant
Kate Groobin .... stand-in
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Alex Klinsky .... craft service
John Lytle .... location manager
Kelly Marshall .... unit coordinator
Maggie Rash .... project coordinator
 
Thanks
Jim Afflick .... special thanks
Herman Avrut .... special thanks
Ave Butensky .... special thanks
Stu Chalfin .... special thanks
Joe Diaz .... special thanks
Buddy Epstein .... special thanks
Bob Fain .... special thanks
Maggie Fain .... special thanks
Len Hodes .... special thanks
Sue Lesser .... special thanks
Joe Lipshur .... special thanks
Jan McCormick .... special thanks
Harry McMahan .... special thanks
Frank Mooney .... special thanks
Clifford Neschky .... special thanks
Ralph Peer .... special thanks
Ralph A. Rash .... special thanks
Ralph R. Rash .... special thanks
Norman G. Rudman .... special thanks (as Norman Rudman)
Allen Sanders .... special thanks
Bobby Schiffman .... special thanks
Bobbi Silver .... special thanks
Jon Sirlin .... special thanks
Joe Weiss .... special thanks
Louise Zuckerman .... special thanks
 

Production Companies
  • ECA (as An Innovisions-ECA Production)
  • Innovisions (as An Innovisions-ECA Production)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Also according to Busey and Director Steve Rash, the scene at the roller rink after the band's first rock number in which the extras clapped and cheered was an unexpected reaction to their performance. As you can see in the film, Busey, Smith, and Stroud sort of lose their place and start nervously laughing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Buddy plays his acoustic guitar for the two neighbor boys, it is in concert pitch. A moment after they leave, he picks up the guitar again. When he strums it this time, it is tuned a semitone below concert pitch.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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Soundtrack:
It's So EasySee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
set the standard, 13 December 2008
Author: (winner55) from United States

This film set the standard for all rock biopics to follow. It accomplished this through the energetic performances of the leads, the steadiness of the camera-work (avoiding 'rock-video' clichés that were actually invented for the Beatles in their first two films), tight editing, and a non-judgmental presentation of the star as human being rather than symbol or god (or demon). Yes, there are minor holes in the plot, and incidental details that are a little unnecessary, and there will always be debate between families of those personally involved as to specifics. But the issue here, as in the much more recent "I walk the Line" or Carpenter's famed TV Elvis biopic of the same era, is whether the meaning of the performer's life, in its time and place, as a catalyst for fans' ideals and appreciation, is made manifest in the performance, and this is clearly the case here. We come away from this movie understanding not only how Buddy Holly became a star, but why. I don't see what else one could want from the film.

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