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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director:

Steve Rash

Writers:

Alan Swyer (story), John Goldrosen (book) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Charles Hardin 'Buddy' Holly
Don Stroud ... Jesse
Charles Martin Smith ... Ray Bob
Conrad Janis ... Ross Turner
William Jordan William Jordan ... Riley
Maria Richwine Maria Richwine ... Maria Elena Santiago
Amy Johnston ... Cindy Lou
Dick O'Neill ... Sol Gittler (as Dick O'Neil)
Fred Travalena ... Madman Mancuso
Neva Patterson ... Mrs. Ella Holly
Arch Johnson ... Mr. Lawrence Holly
John F. Goff John F. Goff ... T.J. (as John Goff)
Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Santiago
Jody Berry Jody Berry ... Engineer Sam
Richard Kennedy ... Preacher
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Storyline

The musical career of rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly is chronicled, from the days when "Peggy Sue" was "Cindy Lou", a song about his first girlfriend, to the meteoric run of "That'll Be the Day" up the charts, to his marriage, breakup with the Crickets, reunion with the Crickets, and untimely death. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

His story will have you singing, laughing, crying, cheering and stomping your feet. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Buddy Holly See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,363,400
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Innovisions,ECA See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Once producer Fred Bauer had secured the three principals who also could play the musical instruments with professionalism, he engaged a long-time friend, Joel Fein, to complete yet another crucial aspect of this innovative production. Fein, well known throughout the audio profession for his work in producing and designing sound for live music events on both radio and television across the country, was brought in to stage and record the live concerts in which the movie's fifteen musical numbers are performed. Most music-oriented pictures employ the lip-synchronized method of pre-recording music and matching it to the actors' performances later in the film's post-production stages. All the music in The Buddy Holly Story (1978) was performed and recorded on the scene. See more »

Goofs

Buddy Holly did not produce his recordings. Norman Petty was producer for most of his career. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buddy Holly: Hey, Riley, we're all plugged in and checked up... yeah, we're ready.
Buddy Holly: [to Ray Bob] Riley wants to hear you at the mike - that's the one right there; say somethin' into that mike.
Ray Bob Simmons: One, two, three, testing... one...
Buddy Holly: [to Riley] How's that sound?
Riley Randolph: All right, that's a good level, Buddy, hold it right there... Yeah, you better get ready, it's about thirty seconds till eight.
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Crazy Credits

Caption shown after the end credits are over: "This film is dedicated to those who loved him first - Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Holley, Maria Elena Holly" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Full House: Our Very First Night (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

It's So Easy
Written by Buddy Holly (uncredited) and Norman Petty (uncredited)
Performed by Gary Busey
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The "True Love Weighs" scene is fantastic.
31 January 2001 | by yenloSee all my reviews

A fine film about the late great Buddy Holly. Watch it for no other reason than to see the scene where Buddy sings "True Love Weighs." Gary Busey did his own singing and that particular scene is fantastic. Overlook the various minor inaccuracies in this picture.


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