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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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Pete Astudillo ...
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Ricky Vela ...
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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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The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »


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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To prepare for her role, Jennifer Lopez lived with Selena's family See more »


AB and Suzette appear to be close in age to 9 year old Selena during her childhood in the early 80s. In real life, AB was 17 and Suzette was 14 during that time frame. See more »


Selena Quintanilla: I've been thinking about the crossover tour a lot. I've even had dreams about it. It's just this whole different world for us, you know? We've been working for this ever since we were kids. I guess I'm a little scared...
Selena Quintanilla: Are they gonna love me, Mama?
Marcela Quintanilla: Yes, Mija, they're gonna love you.
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


Referenced in The Tyra Banks Show: Fat Families (2011) See more »


Written by David Anthony and Michelle Lewis
Performed by Ty Stevens
Appears courtesy of BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Great movie and so so sad
3 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know much about the real Selena, so I don't know how much of the movie was fact and what was fiction. But even if this movie wasn't based on a real singing superstar, it would have been great to watch anyway.

Jennifer Lopez is stunning in every way as Selena. She hits all the right chords as a teenager, a woman in love, a dutiful daughter and sister, and a singer adored by legions of fans. And she loved everyone of them right back. The actors playing her family are all great, too (especially her father). Ms. Lopez also has a sweet, natural chemistry with Jon Seda as Chris. Their relationship is so real because they were friends first...friends who fell in love.

Ms. Lopez also does a great job lip-synching Selena's songs, and the ending will bring tears to your eyes. A must see!

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