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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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Pete Astudillo ...
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Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
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Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
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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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$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

Constance Marie, who played Selena's mother in this movie, originally auditioned for the role of Selena. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

Si Una Vez
(1994)
Written by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III) and Pete Astudillo
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) and Peace Rock Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Latin
Performed by Selena
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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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