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La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 24 July 1987 (USA)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ritchie Valens
... Bob Morales
... Connie Valenzuela (as Rosana De Soto)
... Rosie Morales
... Donna Ludwig
... Bob Keane
... Ted Quillin
Marshall Crenshaw ... Buddy Holly
Howard Huntsberry ... Jackie Wilson
... Eddie Cochran
Daniel Valdez ... Lelo
Felipe Cantu ... Curandero
Eddie Frias ... Chino
... Mexican Ed
... Rudy
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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 Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Talent made him a star, fate made him a legend. The true story of Ritchie Valens. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Go  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,651,990, 26 July 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,215,416
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Howard Huntsberry plays Jackie Wilson. Two years later, Ghostbusters II (1989) used 2 different versions of the song "Higher and Higher." Wilson's version was used in the toaster scene, and a cover by Huntsberry was used in the Statue of Liberty scene. See more »

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In the 1950s there were no yellow line on the roads, however, when we see a shot of Ritchie and Donna driving off, the lines on the roads are yellow. See more »

Quotes

Rosie Morales: [to Bob] I am not your puta!
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Crazy Credits

Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »

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Spoofed in La Boomba (1988) See more »

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Bakersfield Shuffle
Performed by Los Lobos
Written by Los Lobos
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Good movie
25 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

La Bamba is one of the movies that makes you feel good,cry and think about how life really is short. Lou Diamond Phillps was in top form as Richie Valens who never got the chance to show us what he could do. I'm not really a Rock & Roll fan but this is a good movie and one hat brings a tear every time I watch it.


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