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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 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Connie Valenzuela (as Rosana De Soto)
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Marshall Crenshaw ...
Buddy Holly
Howard Huntsberry ...
Jackie Wilson
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Eddie Cochran
Daniel Valdez ...
Lelo
Felipe Cantu ...
Curandero
Eddie Frias ...
Chino
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Mexican Ed
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Rudy
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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>

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

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Biography | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Go  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,651,990, 26 July 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,215,416
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A cafe in Bundaberg Australia named La Bamba as a tribute to the film operated for a number of years with 50's memorabilia and a phone booth similar to the one Richie sang to Donna in and set up like a 50's US cafe. See more »

Goofs

When Connie goes to tell Ritchie she was leaving for work, she opens the door and steps down into the basement to stand on the top step. When the camera angle changes to where Ritchie was in the basement, her foot isn't on the top step. See more »

Quotes

Bob Keene: Look... it could be worse, you could have been Riki Zuela.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

We Belong Together
Words & Music by Hy Weiss (as S. Weiss), Robert Carr (as R. Carr) & Johnny Mitchell (as J. Mitchell)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records
Produced by Steve Berlin
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Good movie
25 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

La Bamba is one of the movies that makes you feel good,cry and think about how life really is short. Lou Diamond Phillps was in top form as Richie Valens who never got the chance to show us what he could do. I'm not really a Rock & Roll fan but this is a good movie and one hat brings a tear every time I watch it.


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