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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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Born to poverty. Destined for stardom. He lived the American Dream. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

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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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Connie Valenzuela: the old woman sitting near Ritchie Valens at the first family party. She died October 18, 1987, three months after the film's release. See more »

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When Ritchie and Donna are sitting in Ritchie's car outside the high school, he signs autographs with his right hand. Ritchie Valens was left-handed. See more »

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Bob Morales: [to Ritchie] You've been laid yet? I'm serious, I know what your problem is. Sperm pressure, it's scientific.
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Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »

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Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Produced by Garry Tallent & Marshall Crenshaw
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Esai Morales steals the show
6 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Esai Morales gives the best performance of his career in this 1987 movie about Hall of Fame rock and roller Ritchie Valens, who was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 17 with the big bopper and Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959. Morales plays Bob Morales, the half brother of Ritchie. Bob is a drunk who feels as if he is in the shadow of Ritchie due to Ritchie's musical talent and success. In fact if I didn't know better you might think the movie is about Bob. He was in the movie a ton. Lou Diamond Phillips does a good job of portraying Ritchie. I would definitely suggest that you watch this movie. It has a ton of great music and like I said before Morales is awesome in this movie.


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