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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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Let's Go  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$54,215,416 (USA)
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According to Tommy Allsup (the one who "lost" the fateful coin toss), the toss occurred in the SURF ballroom and not on the airfield as depicted in the movie. See more »

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At the Tijuana brothel, a heavy set woman approaches Bob and Ritchie and asks, "Hey, mijo, traes ganas?" Her mouth is not moving. See more »

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Bob Morales: I've had one sip of beer and I have to admit it taste like piss to me. Want it?
Ritchie Valens: Yeah.
[takes a sip then puts the beer down]
Ritchie Valens: What's your problem man?
Bob Morales: Old Steve. He always said you'd be somebody and I bought it, too. If that's the way Steve wanted it that's the way it was going to be. Even after he told me he wasnt my dad, once I knew the full score, I understood why he treated you just a little bit better than me. I'll just hang around for the leftovers, like a dog. That's how much i loved him. ...
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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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Performed by La Vern Baker
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Words & Music by Winfield Scott
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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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