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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 1 win & 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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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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The Indian motorcycle that Bob rides throughout the movie is really a Harley-Davidson Sportster mocked up to look like an Indian. See more »

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As Bob is tearing down all his artwork after coming home drunk he bumps into the concrete wall of the basement which bends and shakes from his body weight. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Morales: [to Bob] I am not your puta!
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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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Referenced in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) See more »

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Cancion Mixteca
Performed by Los Lobos
Music by Joseph Lopez Alvez
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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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