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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Let's Go  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$54,215,416 (USA)
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The Big Bopper and Waylon Jennings, who played as Buddy Holly bass player at the time, traded seats. The Big Bopper goes on the plane while Waylon takes the bus. Before the plane took off, Buddy said to Waylon, "I hope you freeze your ass on that bus". In a joking response, Waylon said "Well I hope your plane crashes". A remark that would haunt Waylon for years to come. See more »

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The real Bob did not find Woody Woodpecker cels. Bob actually found Disney cels at Walt Disney Studios. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Morales: He doesn't want a wife. He wants a love slave, one that he can kick around.
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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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Betty Jean
Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of MCA Records
Words & Music by Chuck Berry (as E. Anderson)
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A movie very dear to me
31 July 2001 | by (WV, USA) – See all my reviews

I must say I am very disappointed in the people slamming this movie. While they are certainly entitled to their opinion, I think if they watched the movie again without an open mind, they would come to love it as I have.

I can't even begin to describe the pure quality of this movie. Absorbing story, believable, sympathetic characters, pathos, bathos, all the makings of a thought-provoking movie. Personally, there are two quintessential rock and roll movies: "The Doors," and "La Bamba."

For a good cry and a good time, check out this movie. You don't even have to be a fan of Valens or a fan of 50's music to fall in love with it.


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