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Selena (1997)

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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Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
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Himself - Dinos 1990's
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Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
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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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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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Discover the true story of one of America's brightest stars...that faded too soon. See more »

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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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21 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Selena: The Movie  »

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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

"La carcacha" was Selena's first homemade music video. See more »

Goofs

When Abraham is talking to the record execs about the crossover album, one of the execs says, "Some say she is the next Gloria EsteBAN" instead of Estefan as it should have been. 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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The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


Soundtracks

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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Jennifer Peña
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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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