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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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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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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

The plane crash at Ritchie Valens' school happened near Los Angeles, California on January 31, 1957. A DC-7 and an F-89 jet collided and broke-up in mid-air. The DC-7 landed on the playground of Pacoima Junior High School (now Pacoima Middle School) while students were outside at recess. Everyone on the DC-7 was killed. Several students died on the playground; 75 were injured. Valens was out of school that day, attending his grandfather's funeral. The crash caused Valens' fear of flying. See more »

Goofs

Right when Bob (Esai Morales) finds the cels, the other garbage man calls him by the actor's last name: Morales. However, it's just coincidental that this is also the character's last name. See more »

Quotes

Bob Morales: [to Ritchie] You've been laid yet? I'm serious, I know what your problem is. Sperm pressure, it's scientific.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Look Who's Talking (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Tweedlee Dee
Performed by La Vern Baker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Words & Music by Winfield Scott
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Bio of young 50's rocker Ritchie Valens
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Under-rated melodrama with excellent music by Los Lobos and others. Young Lou Diamond Phillips gives an excellent energetic performance and Esi Morles is at his very best as the sometimes neglected hoodlum brother. A great cast from top to bottom saves what could have been an all too sudsy script.


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