This is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young rock and roll singer who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. The film follows Ritchie from his days in Pacoima, California where he and his family make a meager living working on farms to his rise as a star. The film also focuses on Ritchie's friendship and rivalry with his older brother Bob Morales and his relationship with Donna Ludwig, his girlfriend.Written by
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In the repeating plane crash dream of the 1957, one of the planes is a Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35 V tail. This is the type plane that Richie actually crashed in on Feb. 3, 1959. The actual planes in the 1957 crash were a DC7B and a F89 jet. See more »
Right when Bob (Esai Morales) finds the cels, the other garbage man calls him by the actor's last name: Morales. However, it's just coincidental that this is also the character's last name. See more »
Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »
When the movie was originally released, the second half of the end credits detailing all the musical numbers, was originally shown in silence. On the DVD version as well as all broadcasts since the DVD release, the music credits scroll with "Come On Let's Go" playing in the background. See more »
I must say I am very disappointed in the people slamming this movie. While they are certainly entitled to their opinion, I think if they watched the movie again without an open mind, they would come to love it as I have.
I can't even begin to describe the pure quality of this movie. Absorbing story, believable, sympathetic characters, pathos, bathos, all the makings of a thought-provoking movie. Personally, there are two quintessential rock and roll movies: "The Doors," and "La Bamba."
For a good cry and a good time, check out this movie. You don't even have to be a fan of Valens or a fan of 50's music to fall in love with it.
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