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La Bamba (1987)

 -  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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Bob Morales
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Connie Valenzuela (as Rosana De Soto)
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Rosie Morales
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Donna Ludwig
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Lelo
Felipe Cantu ...
Curandero
Eddie Frias ...
Chino
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Mexican Ed
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Rudy
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Go  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$54,215,416 (USA)
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The band playing the traditional folk version of "La Bamba" at the club in Tijuana is, in reality, the band Los Lobos, who performed all of the Ritchie Valens music for the film. The guitar player next to the bass player is David Hidalgo, who provided the singing voice of for Lou Diamond Phillips. 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 his 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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Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »

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Chantilly Lace
Performed by The Big Bopper
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
Words & Music by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
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A Fairy Tale With a Tragic End
24 February 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a very poor Mexican-American living with his family in a slum in Paicoma, California. When he is sixteen years old, his half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales) is released from the jail and comes back home, bringing money enough for the family to move from the slums to a humble house in a better place. Ritchie goes to the nearby high-school, where he falls in love for Donna (Danielle von Zerneck). Donna, together with his mother Connie Valenzuela (Rosanna DeSoto), his family and his guitar, are the passions of Ritchie. Bob Keene (Joe Pantoliano), president of Del-Fi Records in Hollywood, invites Ritchie to record a single and offers him a recording contract. His first single (`Come On Let's Go') is a great success, and Bob Keene becomes Ritchie's manager. The next songs (`Donna' and `La Bamba') are also very successful and Ritchie Valens becomes famous, earning lots of money. While traveling making shows along USA, he decides to accept an invitation of Buddy Holly to fly back home. A tragic plane crash on 03 Feb 1959 ends the life of this promising seventeen years old singer, along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The dramatization of Ritchie Valens' life is presented like a soap-opera, full of beautiful songs, and it is very pleasant to watch this film. Lou Diamond Phillips has (maybe) his best performance as actor, but Esai Morales is wonderful as his big brother. The touching story looks like a fairy tale, having a tragic end. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `La Bamba'


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