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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The club where Ritchie Valens is nervous about performing before an Anglo crowd is Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, California.The bar is still in business. See more »
The morning after Ritchie and Bob played in the Cowboy Palace, there is a 1957 calendar shown hanging in the kitchen but the days are incorrect in correspondence to the dates. The calendar shows October 1 to be on a Wednesday when, in fact, it was on a Tuesday. 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 »
This movie is a must see if you are a rock and roll fan. There is great acting and great music. If you grew up with early rock & roll, this movie will give you memories. If not, it will help you learn about one of the most influential rock stars ever. This is a must see as it is a lot more accurate than The Buddy Holly Story although not 100% accurate.
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