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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selena: The Movie  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part in the movie when Chris and Selena are walking on the pier together, was shot in Aransas Pass, Texas at an old company called "Gulf King". See more »


When Chris comes home from the store while Selena is mowing the lawn, she asks him what he bought. We hear him say "Junk food" but his mouth is saying something else. See more »


Mexican Guy: Anything for Salinas!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »


Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
Written by Selena (as Selena Quintanilla-Perez) and Pete Astudillo
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of Fat and Funky Music (BMI) and Peace Rock Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Latin
Performed by Selena
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User Reviews

~Selena Quintanilla-Perez~
27 December 2001 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Selena is the true-story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a talented young Mexican singer, who was discovered by her own father at the age of 10. Selena had everything going for her, a good family, whom she was very close with, a great husband, loads of fans and of course her music career that kept getting stronger. Selena had even won a prestigious Grammy award for Best Mexican/American Singer and was the most popular Latin singer at that time. Until, all that was taken away from her, when at the age of 23 in 1995, Selena's 'friend' and fan club manager, Yolanda Saldivar murdered her, after Selena had confronted Yolanda about money, she had stolen.

I'm one of the many people out there who only heard about Selena in the last couple of years. I can't remember where I first heard of her. The internet, maybe, but the things I did hear were all good and she sounded like a very talented and popular young singer and of course I was really shocked to hear about how she died.

I was really interested to watch the movie Selena and when I finally got to watch it, I thought it was really great. It tells you the whole story of Selena's life, from when she was just a young girl, to her meeting guitarist Chis Perez and secretly getting married to him, we see her singing at sold-out concerts, all the wonderful fans she had and not only that but we find out that Selena was planning to have kids and she was just about to release her first English language album, all until she was she was terribly murdered. I thought the end of the movie, where there was real footage of the real Selena, was beautifully done and it was great to see clips of the real Selena singing at her concerts, meeting her fans and just having fun with her family, friends and husband.

I thought the whole cast in the movie were great, Jennifer Lopez played Selena really well and deserved any award she received or got nominated for. The rest of the cast including, Edward James Olmos, who played Selena's father and Jon Seda, who played Selena's husband Chris Perez did really well too.

After watching the movie and hearing Selena, (Jennifer Lopez was lip-synching to Selena's voice. I thought that was good too.) I am going to get hold of some of Selena's music. I hope her memory will live on forever. Selena, the movie is highly recommended. Whether you're fan or not, see it.

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