MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 841 this week

La Bamba (1987)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  24 July 1987 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 18,988 users  
Reviews: 60 user | 17 critic

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 01 Feb 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 09 Jun 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "La Bamba" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: La Bamba (1987)

La Bamba (1987) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La Bamba.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The life and career of the wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jimmy Muir is a hard-drinking brewery worker in the city of Sheffield, with an arrogant lack of respect for authority. His entire life has been orientated by football and he possesses the ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Giese
Stars: Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Train with medical supplies and small U.S. Army unit is heading through Rocky mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A guy. A girl. A Diamond.

Director: Joey Boukadakis
Stars: John Patrick Jordan, Brian Smith, Marlana Carter
I Love Your Moves (Video 2012)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After moving to America from his home in Russia, Ari, an awkward teen, has trouble making friends and adapting to his new life. But everything changes when he falls in love with Paris, ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Charr
Stars: Andoni Zorbas, Erika Cortes, Scott Cullen
Curtains (1983)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan
Young Guns (1988)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Connie Valenzuela (as Rosana De Soto)
...
...
...
Rick Dees ...
Marshall Crenshaw ...
Howard Huntsberry ...
...
Daniel Valdez ...
Felipe Cantu ...
Eddie Frias ...
...
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Edit

Storyline

This is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young rock and roll singer who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. The film follows Ritchie from his days in Pacoima, California where he and his family make a meager living working on farms to his rise as a star. The film also focuses on Ritchie's friendship and rivalry with his older brother Bob Morales and his relationship with Donna Ludwig, his girlfriend. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Talent made him a star, fate made him a legend. The true story of Ritchie Valens. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Go  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$54,215,416 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Esai Morales coincidentally has the same last name as the real person he portrays, Bob Morales. See more »

Goofs

On the plane trip to Philadelphia when drinks are served they are in a clear plastic glass not manufactured until the mid-1970s. In fact airlines of the 1950s used the real thing, usually etched with their logo. Even the dinnerware was real then. See more »

Quotes

Ritchie Valens: Bob. Where's mom's new dress?
Bob Morales: What new dress?
Ritchie Valens: The one I asked you to buy her for Christmas.
Bob Morales: Hey, you're the asshole with all the money, why don't you buy it yourself!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Planet Comicon Panel with Helen Slater (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bakersfield Shuffle
Performed by Los Lobos
Written by Los Lobos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great biopic of a musical legend
24 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

The life and times of Richie Valens, and well made to say the least. Lou Diamond Phillips really showed a lot of promise in this film, but poor choices later in his career hurt his rep in Hollywood. Nonetheless, this film is quite an achievement in regards to portraying a rock idol (which was far better than the dull Buddy Holly Story). What really made this film was the relationship between Phillips and Esai Morales. Never has a brotherly dynamic been portrayed so fluidly, displaying the sweet and sour sides of the two growing up. With the help of a great soundtrack, I really felt this film has a spirit which isn't displayed in biographies anymore. Nowadays, most films try too hard to show the downside, which is what this tried not to do. 7.5/10


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was Ritchie.... lissee92
Delete your post La Bamba style ... demo_deus
Where is Donna today? nemidwest
Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie sprklndiamond87
Live performance during credits takes away from ending travisme123
A 6.5?!!!! eduardovictory
Discuss La Bamba (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page