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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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Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
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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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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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For One Brilliant, Shining Moment...The American Dream Came True. 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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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

Selena's historic Houston Astrodome concert was recreated at the San Antonio Alamodome. See more »

Goofs

During Selena's Grammy walk, the song Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is played. Selena won a Grammy for the album Live, which didn't have Bidi Bidi Bom Bom on it. At Selena's actual Grammy walk, the song No Debes Jugar was played. See more »

Quotes

Abraham: We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time! It's exhausting!
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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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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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