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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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Born to poverty. Destined for stardom. He lived the American Dream. 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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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$54,215,416 (USA)
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Trivia

The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, California was where Ritchie Valens was very nervous about the reception he'd receive from an Anglo crowd. The bar is still in business and was used for the film. See more »

Goofs

The bassist of the fictional backup band "The Silhouettes" is playing a Harmony H-22 bass guitar. Harmony didn't make bass guitars until 1962. The most common electric basses made in the 1950s were by Fender, Gibson and Kay. See more »

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Bob Morales: What's going on?
Connie Valenzuela: [painting posters] Show business, show business.
Bob Morales: [signs look terrible] These look like shit, even a monkey can do better then this.
Connie Valenzuela: Oh Yea.
Bob Morales: [late at night Bob painting posters] Should've kept my mouth shut.
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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 »

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Spoofed in La Boomba (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Charlena
Words & Music by Herman B. Chaney & Manuel G. Chavez
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records
Produced by Steve Berlin
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Bio of young 50's rocker Ritchie Valens
9 April 1999 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

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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