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Selena -- Jennifer Lopez ("Angel Eyes," "The Cell") stars in this tragic but uplifting true story of slain Tejano music superstar Selena.
Selena -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Gregory Nava (written by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1997 (USA) See more »
The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Jennifer Lopez is beautiful as Selena. ***1/2 out of **** See more (151 total) »


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Jennifer Lopez ... Selena Quintanilla

Jackie Guerra ... Suzette Quintanilla

Constance Marie ... Marcela Quintanilla

Alex Meneses ... Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)

Jon Seda ... Chris Perez

Edward James Olmos ... Abraham Quintanilla

Jacob Vargas ... Abie Quintanilla
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)

Richard Coca ... Bobby - Dinos 1961

George Perez ... Seff - Dinos 1961
Brian Fallteen ... Club Owner
Carmen Martínez ... Irate Club Goer
Elisabeth Gonzalez ... Irate Club Goer
Richard Iglesias ... Irate Club Goer
Everett Sifuentes ... Lerma's Club Owner

Gil Glasgow ... Police Officer - 1961

Rebecca Lee Meza ... Young Selena
Victoria Elena Flores ... Young Suzette
Rafael Tamayo ... Young Abie
Carl William Holler ... Neighbor
Bel Hernandez ... Delores Quintanilla

Gail Cronauer ... Women Customer
Elia Ortiz ... Waitress
Fernando Cubillas ... Eddie Quintanilla

Sal Lopez ... Juan Luis
Richard William Hughes ... MC (as Richard Williams Hughes)

Erick Carrillo ... First Cholo
Frank Mendez ... Second Cholo

Seidy Lopez ... Deborah
Francisco J. De La Fuente ... Hotel Manager
Don Cass ... Security Guard
Keith Kaslow ... Hotel Manager
Peter P. Montejano ... Chris' Friend
Michael Guerrero ... Chris' Friend
Ronald Gonzales ... Chris' Friend
Chris Doughton ... Chris' Friend (as Chris Doughten)

León Singer ... Concert Promoter (as Leon Singer)
Martha Flores ... Monterrey Reporter
Terry Elena Ordaz ... Monterrey Reporter
Marcos Padilla ... Concert Official
Valerio Longoria Sr. ... Accordian Player
Philip Raybourn ... Bungie Jump Attendant
Mark Carrillo ... Manuel
Darline Tigrett ... Mexico City Reporter
Donnie Neubauer ... Record Executive

John Verea ... Jose Behar

Joe Stevens ... Record Producer

Lupe Ontiveros ... Yolanda Saldivar
Marika Baca ... Pedicurist
Michelle McManus ... Pedicurist
Barbara Petricini-Buxton ... Saleslady
Leonardo Martinez ... Boutique Worker
Molly Moroney ... Store Manager
Desi McGill ... Blonde Teenager
Tom Christopher ... Grammy Presenter
Cora Cardona ... Head Seamstress
Amin Mery ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lori Berlanga ... Auditorium Announcer (uncredited)

Larry Cashion ... Grammy Presenter #2 (uncredited)

Jeff Dylan Graham ... Young Selena's Friend (uncredited)
Jason Bradley Jacobs ... Record Company Executive (uncredited)

Melody Johnson ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Raven Kaylor ... Background (uncredited)
Ray Melendez ... Reporter (uncredited)

Rick Olmos ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Veronica Pierce ... Audience Member (uncredited)
A.B. Quintanilla ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzette Quintañilla ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Xavier Ramirez ... VIP Crew (uncredited)
Marc Kenneth Robinson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Selena ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Darlene Tygrett ... Reporter (uncredited)

Andie Ximenes ... News Photographer (uncredited)
Nicole Young ... Girl at Grammy Awards (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Nava 
Writing credits
Gregory Nava (written by)

Produced by
Carolyn Caldera .... associate producer
Nancy De Los Santos .... associate producer
Moctesuma Esparza .... producer
Henry J. Golas .... associate producer
Steven M. Kalb .... associate producer
Robert Katz .... producer
Peter Lopez .... co-producer
Abraham Quintanilla Jr. .... executive producer (as Abraham Quintanilla)
David Wisnievitz .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Film Editing by
Nancy Richardson 
Casting by
Roger Mussenden 
Production Design by
Cary White 
Art Direction by
Ed Vega 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Beraldo 
Makeup Department
Corrina Duran .... key hair stylist (as Corina Duran)
Tonantzin Esparza .... makeup assistant
Natasha Ladek .... wigs
Terry Ann Machado .... assistant hair stylist
John McBurney .... makeup assistant
Sergio J. Moreno Jr. .... assistant hair stylist
Rod Ortega .... assistant hair stylist (as Rod 'Biscuits' Ortega)
Mark Sanchez .... hair stylist supervisor
Mark Sanchez .... makeup supervisor
Terrie Velazquez Owen .... key hair stylist (as Terrie Velazquez)
Jay Wejebe .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Rosa Gonzalez .... post-production manager (as Rosa González)
Patricia Serafina Madiedo .... production supervisor
Helene Mulholland .... post-production supervisor
David Wisnievitz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter T. Falls III .... second second assistant director (as Tres Falls)
Randall LaFollette .... second assistant director (as Randy LaFollette)
Barbara Martinez Jitner .... second unit director
Chemen Ochoa .... first assistant director: second unit
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... first assistant director (as Kaären F. Ochoa)
Daniel Ramos .... second second assistant director (as Danny Ramos)
Art Department
Stanford Gilbert .... property master
David Hack .... lead person
Caitlin Maloney .... art department coordinator
Ron Merriam .... construction foreperson
King Orba .... assistant property master (as Mark Wallace)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
David Phillip .... greens person (as David Martin Phillip)
Alan R. Serotta .... construction foreperson (as Alan Serotta)
David Wilt .... construction coordinator
Kevin Berve .... assistant props (uncredited)
Raul V. Carrera .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rami Rivera Frankl .... carpenter (uncredited)
Joe McCusker .... carpenter (uncredited)
Adele Plauche .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joaquin Gonzalo Avellán .... assistant sound editor (as Joaquin Avellan)
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Beth Bergeron .... adr editor
Dean Beville .... supervising sound editor
Bayard Carey .... production sound mixer
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound editor (as Bob Fitzgerald)
Linda Folk .... supervising adr editor
Kimberly Gibson .... dialogue editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Greg Hedgepath .... sound editor (as Gregory Hedgepath)
Marcia Henke .... cable person (as Marcia A. Henke)
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Michael Jonascu .... sound editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Edmund J. Lachmann .... adr editor (as Ed Lachman)
Jeffrey R. Payne .... foley editor (as Jeff Payne)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Schiff .... assistant sound editor (as Joe Shiff)
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound re-recording mixer
Joel Shryack .... first assistant sound editor
Frank Smathers .... foley editor
D. Chris Smith .... sound editor (as Chris Smith)
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Ed Steidele)
Bruce Stubblefield .... supervising sound editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Bob Wishnefsky .... assistant sound editor
Gary Coppola .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Kenton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Earl Martin .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Scott Reed .... head sound manager (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott Prescott .... special effects supervisor (as M.E. Prescott)
Visual Effects by
David M. Garber .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Yano .... visual effects editor (as Robert W. Yaho)
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects (uncredited)
Megan Bryant .... digital camera supervisor (uncredited)
D. Walt Cameron .... digital artist (uncredited)
Glen Gustafson .... film recorder operator: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
John Charles Kohn .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
Peter W. Moyer .... digital compositor: Digital FilmWorks (uncredited)
Christopher Savides .... imaging color lead (uncredited)
Ken D. Smith .... titles and opticals supervisor (uncredited)
Laura Cordova .... stunt performer
J.J. Echavarria .... stunt performer (as Juan Echevarria)
Toby Holguin .... stunt performer
Ben Loggins .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy Ortega .... stunt performer
Mary Torres .... stunt performer
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... second company grip
Russell Caldwell .... assistant chief lighting technician
Manolo Campion .... additional second assistant camera
James L. Carter .... director of photography: second unit (as James Carter)
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro .... camera assistant (as Rafael Castro)
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro .... video assistant (as Rafael Castro)
John W. DeBlau .... chief lighting technician
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator
Kirk R. Gardner .... camera operator
Kirk R. Gardner .... director of photography: second unit
James Glennon .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Emil Hampton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
James Hawkinson .... camera operator: second unit
Curtis Herbert .... dolly grip
Steve Hurson .... additional first assistant camera
James McMillan .... first company grip (as Jim McMillan)
Danny Navarette .... rigging electrician (as Danny Navarrette)
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit (as Phil Pfeiffer)
Justin Quach .... additional second assistant camera
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Michael R. Wohlfield .... additional first assistant camera (as Michael Wohlfeld)
Nathan Bishop .... tape operator: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Stephen Carmona .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Glenn Dunn .... grip (uncredited)
Greg Lomas .... grip (uncredited)
Michelle Madison .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Sheeren .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sally Jackson .... extras casting
Elisabeth Rudolph .... casting associate
Rick Olmos .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steve Constancio .... set costumer
Austin Myers .... wardrobe supervisor
Jessica Pazdernik .... costumer
Julie Ramirez .... set costumer
Yvonne Wilburn .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Dexter N. Adriano .... assistant editor (as Dexter Adriano)
Steve Armstrong .... additional editor (as Steven Armstrong)
Robert Berman .... assistant editor
Curtiss Clayton .... film editor
Stacey S. Clipp .... assistant editor
Daniel Craven .... assistant editor
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant editor
Claudia Guerrero-Zalokar .... assistant editor (as Claudia E. Guerrero-Zalokar)
Robert J. Lemos .... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
James Stellar Jr. .... assistant editor
Arthur Tostado .... color timer (as Art Tostado)
Sean Valla .... assistant editor
James Durante .... assistant editor (uncredited)
J. Scott Harvey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Philip Pucci .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ellen Burke .... music consultant
Todd Carlon .... music coach
Robert Garrett .... music editor
Michael George .... music coach
James Henken .... music coach
James Henken .... song mixer
Sidney James .... music coach
Sidney James .... music supervisor
Sidney James .... song producer
Brian Moore .... song mixer
Donald Murray .... music scoring mixer (as Don Murray)
Paula Rich .... music coach
John Richards .... music scoring mixer
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Carl Zittrer .... music editor
Jon Charles .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Delphine .... playback singer (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
David Pack .... music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Bolton .... transportation co-captain
Billy Cude .... transportation co-captain (as Billy Jack Cude)
Zelda Mattox .... transportation captain
Mario Simon .... transportation coordinator
Russell E. Scott .... driver: picture cars (uncredited)
Other crew
Matt Agan .... set assistant
Carla Aucoin .... production office supervisor
Moses Berban .... office assistant
Lori Berlanga .... production secretary (as Lori A. Barrera)
James Borrego .... set assistant
Liz Bowie .... set assistant
Luis Brito .... craft service
Thom Buckley .... set production assistant
Raul Cadena .... office assistant
Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo .... office assistant
Robert C. Campion .... production accountant
Fernando Cano .... office assistant
Kristie Capozzoli .... assistant choreographer (as Kristie Canavan)
Linda Casaves .... set assistant
Liz Chavez .... unit publicist
Fernando Cubillas .... assistant: Edward James Olmos
James Currier .... set assistant
Linda DaSilva .... assistant production office supervisor
Michael Dellheim .... location manager
Virginia Díaz .... co-location manager (as Virginia Diaz)
Tony Eguia .... set assistant
Steven J. Escobar .... archive video clips
Tonatiuh Esparza .... set assistant
Julia Favela .... office assistant
Lelah Foster .... office assistant
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Isaac Garza .... archive video clips (as Isaac Garza Jr.)
Erica Gomez .... set assistant
Leticia Gonzalez .... set assistant
Andrew Gutierrez .... set assistant
Francisco Hernández .... assistant: Gregory Nava (as Francisco Hernandez)
David Infante .... set assistant
Susan Jasso .... office assistant (as Susie Jasso)
Veronica Lozano .... office assistant
Ben Magliochetti .... set assistant
Lisa Marquez .... office assistant
Barbara Martinez Jitner .... alternate media supervisor
Margie Meurer .... office assistant
Ralph Millero .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Liliana M. Molina .... script supervisor (as Liliana Molina)
Jesse Moreno .... craft service
Michelene Mundo .... key set assistant
Ignacio Olivero .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Maura Osborne .... set assistant (as Maura E. Osborne)
Suzanne Parham .... studio teacher
Allyn Partin .... dialect coach (as Allyn Partin-Hernandez)
Alex Ramirez .... set assistant
Patty Rivers Schisler .... first assistant accountant
Arlene Rodriguez .... assistant: Jennifer Lopez
Laura Marie Salinas .... office assistant
Xavier C. Salinas .... assistant: Esparza/Katz
Vincent Solis .... set assistant
Mike Stokes .... set medic
Laura Varela .... office assistant
Cindy Vargas .... set assistant
Jose Vasquez .... office assistant
Gloria Vela .... archive video clips (as Gloria R. Vela)
Conchita Villa .... assistant: Esparza/Katz
Greg Woodruff .... set medic
Luis Zavala .... office assistant
Alitzah .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Joseph Bearman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lamonte Bell .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Leighton Chapman .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Maeve Mannion .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Molly Murray .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Chris Perez .... standin: Jon Seda (uncredited)
Daniel Ramos .... location scout (uncredited)
Francisco Vasquez .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Michael Wardlow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Johnny Canales .... the producers wish to thank
Carmen Lomas Garza .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Perez .... the producers wish to thank
Selena .... dedicatee (as Selena Quintanilla Perez)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
127 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Chile:TE | Finland:S (video premiere) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | UK:PG (video premiere) | USA:PG (certificate #35172)

Did You Know?

In the scene where Chris Perez (played by Jon Seda) first appears, the close up of his hands playing the guitar are in fact the hands of the real Chris Perez.See more »
Continuity: When Selena's parents are talking after their kids perform for the first time other than at the restaurant, the mother's hair changes from in front to in back a few times.See more »
Selena Quintanilla:I may not be street wise and all that, but at least I'm not that dumb!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Making of Selena: 10 Years Later (2007) (V)See more »
Blue MoonSee more »


Why in the special features are the mom and sister that played in the movie switched ?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Jennifer Lopez is beautiful as Selena. ***1/2 out of ****, 16 October 1999
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA

SELENA (1997) ***1/2

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie, and Jacob Vargas Written and directed by Gregory Nava 127 minutes Rated PG (for mild language and sensuality)

By Blake French:

I am not a fan of Selena Quintanilla, and I still loved Gregory Nava's "Selena." It was a respectable movie on its own level; the film would have worked even if there never was a professional celebrity singer of the same name. It's filled with inspiring style and lovely glamour. This is one of the better biography movies to come down the road in some time.

The film stars the talented Jennifer Lopez as the famous singer in the title roll. The development of her character is what makes the production so effective. In biographies, we need as much information as possible about the person in focus as possible, and "Selena" starts at her childhood. She is one of the many in the Quintanilla family: the father, Abraham, the mother, Marcela, and the siblings, Abie, Suzette, and of course Selena. Abraham involves the kids with music very early in their lives. After hearing his daughter's voice talents, how could he resist. Some days, the kids did not want to practice their instruments and music abilities, but discipline is what makes things work.

The film begins an emotional journey into the life of the Quintanilla's. Abraham's long awaited dream of opening his independent Spanish restaurant has come true. His children are the entertainment. Although much to his wife's dismay, he soon quits his current occupation to manage his new restaurant full time. Again, a big success, for the first few months, anyway. Before long, however, the restaurant is bankrupt and his family is forced to close it down--leaving them no where to go, except to sell their happy little house and buy a motor home for the family to live in.

Selena's father becomes the antagonist--being forceful, controlling and difficult. He is the one who objects to the family's ideas. Abraham is the man who will never allow his daughter to get married. He is the person who cares so much about his family, that sometimes he thinks that they can't do anything right.

The development of the Quintanilla family is perfect. Selena, although the centerpiece of the plot, is jumbled in the family atmosphere with little significance above the rest of the members in her household. This concept makes the biography believable and heartfelt. The only problem I had with these folks is the old, reused idea of having the strict father as the villain for most of the movie. We have seen this concept so many times before, and while it does, as always, add some tension in the story line, the film never gets anywhere with the theme, and throughout the picture, Abraham has varied in character mood--lacking consistency.

Jennifer Lopez is so much better playing a character like Selena Quintanilla than some of the varied characters she has been in the past. In particular, the dreadful "U-Turn" and "Anaconda" characters did not fit her personality in the least. Selena is the character who she was born to star as, and what a wonderful, inspiring job she does. I cared about these characters, and if not for the performances it may have been another story.

The movie offers a touching romantic subplot--that also happens to be bull-headed and stubborn. The audience doesn't mind this flawed story, however simply because it is propelled by the performances and enchanting romantic chemistry. There are lots of emotions flying around in the film, but even that doesn't hold it back from becoming a clear, accurate-looking piece of work.

"Selena" is a biography worth seeing and then some. Featured are adorable characters, exquisite performances, a believable and historical plot line, and a lot of irresistible idyllic chemistry. However, at the same time, suffers from too many emotional distractions and conventional clichés. The film could have been better...but it didn't necessarily need at be.

Brought to you by Warner Bros.

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