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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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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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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

Jennifer Lopez accepted her then-boyfriend, Ojani Noa's, engagement at the wrap party for this movie at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio, TX. See more »

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In the "bidi bidi bom bom" scene, in some of the concert shots, you can see that there are only a few audience members and that behind them it's an empty field See more »

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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 »

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

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Blue Moon
(1934)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
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Live Life To The Fullest Like Selena Did
5 June 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Selena' tells the fascinating story of the late Selena Quintanilla, the first famous female tejano singer. In her short life, with the support of her parents and husband, the vivacious young Selena lived the dream of every girl. Nava does a fine job of telling the story. He shows us how happy Selena was with her life (even though there were ups and downs) and she lived it to the fullest. In her short 23 years she achieved what would take a lifetime for some. This was a life that wasn't a waste because Selena knew hot to live life.

But the best thing about 'Selena' is Jennifer Lopez. Those were the days when Lopez acted her heart out on screen as has also been apparent in 'Out of Sight' and 'Blood and Wine'. Not only that, but Lopez looks stunning. Many prefer the way she looks today but in 'Selena' there's an innocence and honesty about her beauty and this coupled with her natural and spirited performance is a delight to watch. The supporting cast that includes Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and Constance Marie are all very good too.

I loved the way the soundtrack was used in the film and it brings a lot of energy to the story. The cinematography is quite good but I did not like the 3 split screen.

Even though we know the tragic fate of Selena, this film reminds us that it's more important to live a big life than a long life. Make full use of what you have and take your chance. That's what Selena did. She was loved by her friends and family and won the hearts of millions. Strongly recommended.


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