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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
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Pete Astudillo ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
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Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
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Richard Emanuelle ...
Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez ...
Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
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Bobby - 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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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 USA:

$11,615,722, 23 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,422,828, 29 June 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Almost the entire cast (Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Constance Marie, and Lupe Ontiveros) previously starred together in director Gregory Nava's film My Family (1995). 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

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

Soundtracks

On the Radio
(1979)
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Donna Summer
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Budde Music, Inc. (ASCAP) & Sweet Summer Night Music (BMI)
Budde Music, Inc. administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Q Productions, Inc.
Performed by Selena
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Great movie and so so sad
3 March 2000 | by 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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