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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 2 wins & 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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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)  »

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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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Many people ask what the green guitar and amp are at the beginning of the movie. The guitar is a Harmony Stratotone 3/4 scale or Student Model from the early 50s. The amp is a Fender Champ, also early 50s. Both would have been less than 5 years old at the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ritchie Valens: Bob. Where's mom's new dress?
Bob Morales: What new dress?
Ritchie Valens: The one I asked you to buy her for Christmas.
Bob Morales: Hey, you're the asshole with all the money, why don't you buy it yourself!
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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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Spoofed in La Boomba (1988) See more »

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Words & Music by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records
Produced by Steve Berlin
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Great biopic of a musical legend
24 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

The life and times of Richie Valens, and well made to say the least. Lou Diamond Phillips really showed a lot of promise in this film, but poor choices later in his career hurt his rep in Hollywood. Nonetheless, this film is quite an achievement in regards to portraying a rock idol (which was far better than the dull Buddy Holly Story). What really made this film was the relationship between Phillips and Esai Morales. Never has a brotherly dynamic been portrayed so fluidly, displaying the sweet and sour sides of the two growing up. With the help of a great soundtrack, I really felt this film has a spirit which isn't displayed in biographies anymore. Nowadays, most films try too hard to show the downside, which is what this tried not to do. 7.5/10


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