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Selena (1997)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marcela Quintanilla
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Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
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Chris Perez
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Abraham Quintanilla
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Abie Quintanilla
Pete Astudillo ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
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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)
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Bobby - Dinos 1961
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Seff - Dinos 1961
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Storyline

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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singer | tejano | marriage | 1980s | tragedy | See more »

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For One Brilliant, Shining Moment...The American Dream Came True. See more »


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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The studio where "I Could Fall In Love" is recorded in the movie, is Studio A in Q-Productions, where Selena actually recorded her English Album. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Selena Quintanilla: [their elopement has been heard on the radio and Chris tries to turn to the Corpus Christi entrance] Don't go to Corpus, go the other way!
Chris Perez: Where are we gonna go, Alaska?
Selena Quintanilla: Anywhere but Corpus!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

La Manzana
Written by Ricky Vela, Sidney James and Brian Moore
Used by permission of Fat and Funky Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Q Productions, Inc.
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User Reviews

Good Movie, Great Music
17 October 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Not expecting to enjoy this movie, I was very pleasantly surprised. Jennifer Lopez, Edward Olmos and the rest of the ensemble cast do a marvelous job in bringing the close-knit Quintanilla family to life. The screenwriters and director skillfully lead the viewer from the father's failed attempts at rock 'n roll in the early 60s through Selena's childhood and her eventual rocket to the top of the Tejano music charts as a young woman. Thankfully her murder is not addressed as a major plot item, its almost irrelevant. And the concert scenes are fantastic. Its Selena's voice and Lopez does an incredible job. Definitely worth a rental regardless of your musical tastes.


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