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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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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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One of the cartoon characters seen on the wall of Bob's basement studio is Oswald the Rabbit, the early Disney character that was later modified and became Mickey Mouse. See more »

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When Ritchie and Donna are sitting in Ritchie's car outside the high school, he signs autographs with his right hand. Ritchie was left-handed. See more »

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Bob Morales: Look it's Woody Woodpecker and Buzz Buzzard, Man they make cartoons here.
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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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Summertime Blues
Performed by Brian Setzer
Courtesy of EMI America Records, A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Produced by Don Gehman
Words & Music by Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart
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"La Bamba" is an excellent star vehicle for revealing late Ritchie Valens' musical genius
8 January 2009 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

In the history of Hollywood cinema,musicals have always played an important role."La Bamba" is one of those rare,well made musicals which depict the cause of the rising popularity of Latino music.All credit for this film's success must go to its creators such as director Luis Valdez,famous musicians Carlos Santana and Los Lobos and amazing actors Esai Morales and Lou Diamond Philips who plays "once in a lifetime role" of a talented rock musician named Ritchie Valens who left for heavenly abode at a young age.This film provides for an interesting viewing experience as we get mesmerized by its diverse themes which range from family drama,gentle romance,sibling rivalry and soothing music.La Bamba has enough material in the form of social message too.We learn from this film that true brothers are always made for each other as they understand each other's joys and pains.It is said that talent never goes undetected.This is shown candidly as young Ritchie Valens succeeds only due to his natural ability to perform beautiful songs."La Bamba" is a film for all those admirers of good cinema who would like to see a musical film.


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