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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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For One Brilliant, Shining Moment...The American Dream Came 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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Jacob Vargas previously appeared in Get Shorty (1995). Jennifer Lopez later starred in Out of Sight (1998). Both films are adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels. See more »


When Abraham is first teaching Selena to sing in Spanish, he has glasses on his collar, and close up, there are no glasses on his collar. See more »


Abraham: No female has ever made it and now you're number one. You cracked the Tejano market wide open. You walked into Mexico and they don't even accept Mexican-Americans and they love you, and now?
Selena Quintanilla: And now... gringos. Disney World!
Abraham: You remember?
Selena Quintanilla: Uh-huh.
Abraham: And all the barriers that have stopped people before... and you went through them like they didn't exist. Maybe for you they don't exist. I love you, and I'm very proud of you.
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The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


No Me Queda Mas
Written by Ricky Vela
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of Lone Iguana Music (BMI)
Performed by Selena
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A Moving Tribute
25 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jennifer Lopez proved that she was a high-class actress with this true story of the Tejano Superstar whose life was cut short by a disgruntled employee. Lopez shines and Edward James Olmos is super (as usual) as her tough-nosed father. The rest of the cast is adequate, but the show is shared between Lopez and Olmos. The screenplay is a little sappy, but fine overall. Director Gregory Nava is always focused and this keeps the film interesting throughout. A fine film all the way. 4 stars out of 5.

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