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Selena (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
Pete Astudillo ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
Rueben Gonzáles ...
Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela ...
Himself - Dinos 1990's
Don Shelton ...
Stage Dancer
Richard Emanuelle ...
Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez ...
Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
Bobby - Dinos 1961
Seff - Dinos 1961


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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The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selena: The Movie  »

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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


Despite being 46 days younger than Jackie Guerra, Constance Marie played her mother in this movie. See more »


AB and Suzette appear to be close in age to 9 year old Selena during her childhood in the early 80s. In real life, AB was 17 and Suzette was 14 during that time frame. See more »


Selena Quintanilla: Hey dad, what was so important you had to drag me over here?
Abraham: Aye, Selena we have a problem. And I don't know where to start. It's Yolanda.
Selena Quintanilla: What?
Abraham: We started to get complaints from fans who had sent money to the fan club and had received nothing. Not a picture, nada. Then I found out she had a problem with her previous employer.
Selena Quintanilla: Well what kind of problem? Because you know Yolanda. She wouldn't do that.
Abraham: Money problems. We didn't find out about it because they had settled it out of court. But I ...
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The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


Referenced in A Walk to Remember (2002) See more »


El Chico del Apartamento 512
(Onscreen as "El Chico del Apartmento 512")
Written by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III) and Ricky Vela
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) and Lone Iguana Music (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Latin
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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