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Selena (1997)

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The true story of Selena Quintanilla, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director:

Gregory Nava

Writer:

Gregory Nava
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Selena Quintanilla
Jackie Guerra ... Suzette Quintanilla
Constance Marie ... Marcela Quintanilla
Alex Meneses ... Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
Jon Seda ... Chris Perez
Edward James Olmos ... Abraham Quintanilla
Jacob Vargas ... Abie Quintanilla
Pete Astudillo Pete Astudillo ... Self - Dinos 1990's
Rueben Gonzáles Rueben Gonzáles ... Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela Ricky Vela ... Self - Dinos 1990's
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... Stage Dancer
Richard Emanuelle Richard Emanuelle ... Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
Richard Coca ... Bobby - Dinos 1961
George Perez ... Seff - Dinos 1961
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Storyline

The film tells the story of the life of Mexican "Tejano" style singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the progress of her career resulting in her No. 1 US album. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the scene where Chris Perez (played by Jon Seda) first appears, the close up of his hands playing the guitar are in fact the hands of the real Chris Pérez. See more »

Goofs

During the part where AB gets the bus stuck in a ditch, there's an error with consistency. When they drive away to get gas and during the times they're stranded in the middle of nowhere and hitching a ride to the nearest phone, it's daytime. When AB calls Abraham to tell him they got stuck, he and Marcella are already in bed asleep. See more »

Quotes

Selena Quintanilla: I've been thinking about the crossover tour a lot. I've even had dreams about it. It's just this whole different world for us, you know? We've been working for this ever since we were kids. I guess I'm a little scared...
[whispers]
Selena Quintanilla: Are they gonna love me, Mama?
Marcela Quintanilla: Yes, Mija, they're gonna love you.
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »

Alternate Versions

The TNT and Superstation versions include the following additions:
  • 1. An extra scene with young Selena at her new school; the children in the classroom make fun of her name
  • 2. A scene outside Selena's school; Selena is sititng down crying and her sister comes over to comfort her
  • 3. A short shot of Selena's mother mopping on a balcony before Abraham is seen talking on the phone about Selena's talent
  • 4. A scene where Selena's mom and dad are discussing how they cannot stay with their relatives much longer because it is so overcrowded
  • 5. The shot of the Selena, her siblings and her cousins leaving for school is slightly longer and ends with a school bell ringing, which leads into the 1st school scene mentioned above.
  • 6. A scene where Selena Y Los Dinos get the news that they will be signed to a record deal with EMI Latin
  • 7. The song "No Me Queda Mas" that Selena sings after "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and the song "Si Una Vez" that she sings at her final concert are both extended.
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Connections

Referenced in A Walk to Remember (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Radio
(1979)
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Donna Summer
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Budde Music, Inc. (ASCAP) & Sweet Summer Night Music (BMI)
Budde Music, Inc. administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Q Productions, Inc.
Performed by Selena
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User Reviews

 
Simple, basic and extremely powerful!
23 August 1999 | by Pro JurySee all my reviews

I only sat down to watch this movie because I smelled sex appeal. Probably before the movie started I could not tell you which was Jennifer and which was Selena. But by the end of the movie I was an emotional basket case.

The movie itself is simple and basic. It is innocent and honest and you kind of think to yourself that SELENA feels like a TV movie although the acting is solid. But unlike any TV movie something happens -- the movie jells -- and the end hits you as sudden and hard as a lightning strike.

SELENA and MAN IN THE MOON are the only two movies that make my eyes water just by thinking of them.

Powerful.


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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Selena: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Aransas Pass, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,615,722, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$35,281,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,281,794
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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