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Selena (1997)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  21 March 1997 (USA)
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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
Pete Astudillo ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
Don Shelton ...
Stage Dancer
Richard Emanuelle ...
Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez ...
Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
Bobby - Dinos 1961
Seff - Dinos 1961


The film tells the story of the life of Mexican "Tejano" style singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the progress of her career resulting in her No. 1 US album. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Selena: The Movie  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,615,722 (USA) (21 March 1997)


$35,422,828 (USA) (27 June 1997)

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Salma Hayek was considered for the role of Selena, but she refused because she wanted to play Frida Khalo (in Frida (2002)) and did not wish to play two different Mexican heroines. See more »


During the beauty saloon scene Selena states that they were flying out to Los Angeles for the Grammys. However the Grammys that were depicted in the film did not take place in Los Angeles. Selena won her Grammy at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards which was held in New York City. See more »


Mexican Guy: Anything for Salinas!
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Como la Flor
Written by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III) and Pete Astudillo
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) and Peace Rock Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Latin
Performed by Selena
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What a lovely biopic
2 May 2000 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

What a lovely biopic. I had barely heard of Selena when she was killed, and I'm no fan of Tejano music. But this picture was a wonderful tribute to the young talent. The movie is a celebration of her life, rather than fixating on her death, as one would expect with her family so involved (controlling) with the film. This approach also just felt right. I'm sure that Hollywood, if it had had its way, would have sensationalized this aspect to the max. I don't know how much of the film is factual, and how much is apocryphal. A local reviewer wrote that a true biography of Selena would have to wait a few years, and be done without a Quintanilla looking over both shoulders.

All I can do is rave about Jennifer Lopez. Her beauty, her talent, her sheer magnetism flows right out of the screen. She was amazing. Since her biography subject died so young, she was able to avoid the problems, inherent in the genre, of trying to age the actress to match the aging of the subject. Constance Marie, who I'm not familiar with, was quite good as Selena's mother, although she did have to deal with the question of appearing to age 15 years. Every cast member seemed right for their part, and everyone did very well. The film seemed well-directed, in that I never thought about the director at any time during the film.

Overall, the movie was very sweet, with obvious tragic overtones. Highly recommended.

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