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La Bamba (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  24 July 1987 (USA)
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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.

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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>

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Born to poverty. Destined for stardom. He lived the American Dream. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$54,215,416 (USA)
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Before Lou Diamond Phillips auditioned for the role, his agent mistakenly told him that the film was about Frankie Valli (later the subject of Jersey Boys (2014)). Phillips did not think he was right for the part but went to the audition anyway. See more »

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In one of the final scenes, you see Buddy Holly and his band performing "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". In fact this song was never recorded in the studio or performed with his band during Buddy Holly's lifetime. The song was recorded privately by Buddy on his own with his guitar as an idea, on a home tape recorder. But not until after his death was it made into studio release, by various musicians recording overdubs. It is extremely unlikely Holly would've played this song that night. See more »

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Donna Ludwig: I will never let anyone get in the way of my feelings for you,ever again.
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This I Swear
Performed by The Skyliners
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Oh,what could have been
16 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ritchie Valens was a young,vibrant rock and roll star.At 17,he could already write songs,sing,and was an absolute wizard with a guitar.I'm too young to remember the real Valens,but when I think of him,as well as other stars who died tragically young,I can't help but wonder what might have been.This young man was only getting started in his stardom when he was cut down all too soon in the same plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.This film did a great job of bringing the legend of Valens back to life if only for a couple of hours.Lou Diamond Phillips gave the performance of his career here,as Valens,even though he didn't really look much like the real man in my opinion.Being the role he is best known for,I'm sure it is also one he has tried to escape from in the 15 years since its' release.As far as historical accuracy,I have heard discrepancies as to how the story really went,but you know Hollywood,things always have to be spiced up just a little.Overall,this movie is great fun,especially for old rock and roll enthusiasts such as myself.Thumbs up!


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