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Selena (1997)

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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 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 ... Himself - Dinos 1990's
Rueben Gonzáles Rueben Gonzáles ... Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela Ricky Vela ... Himself - 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

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Discover the true story of one of America's brightest stars...that faded too soon. 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,422,828, 29 June 1997
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The studio where "I Could Fall in Love" is recorded in the movie is Studio A in Q-Productions, where Selena actually recorded her English album. See more »

Goofs

In the mall, a poster for a Playstation game was visible. The Playstation came out in the United States in September, 1995, Nearly six months after Selena's death. See more »

Quotes

Marcela Quintanilla: [Abraham is upset about Selena's "Top Outfit"] It's a bustier!
Abraham Quintanilla: Bustiquela? Es un bra!
Marcela Quintanilla: I think she looks cute.
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »

Alternate Versions

Superstation TV version includes an additional scene showing young Selena at school. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: FYI: I Hurt, Too (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreaming of You
(1989)
Written by Franne Golde and Tom Snow
© 1989, 1995 Chesca Tunes and Snow Music (BMI)
Used by permission of EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. (BMI)
All rights reserved
Courtesy of SBK / EMI Records
Performed by Selena Quintanilla-Perez
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Superb job done - 10 out of 10
24 February 1999 | by PelradSee all my reviews

IMDb's 1,000 words max. limit seemed quite generous until I was faced with reviewing this one. For how could a mere thousand words adequately express the thoughts and feelings generated by sitting through two hours of watching a Lennon or McCartney, a Dion or a Jackson gradually taking hold of her God-given talents and rising to super-stardom only to have it cut short by what must be one of the most vile acts of murder the planet has ever witnessed. What if the first few hit singles or the first couple of albums of ABBA were all we ever got to hear because Agnetha or Frida was murdered at that point? It even goes so far as to make you wonder about the Beatles, even Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven.

I admit I was a bit nervous when I rented the movie because I was worried that a sub-standard job may have been done to capture the short life of this young woman. Her music was really just the outcome of her virtuous self and the incredible qualities of courage, a genuine love for humanity, and a deep-seated patience that she obviously clung to. For, as the film points out, a Mexican-American singer is not easily accepted by Americans nor by the Mexicans. Selena also had to work at brining about unity among her family such as with her father's acceptance of her marriage. Needless to say, the film did not disappoint me in the least, for it portrayed this truth with class.

Fortunately, the film did not "sugar-coat" the characters, as many biographical movies do - it confidently revealed the mistakes and some undesirable traits in the people it portrayed. In fact, the characters were so real, I forgot several times that I was watching a movie and thought I was sitting with these people laughing with them and sharing in their joy and in their pain. Jennifer Lopez was absolutely outstanding. There was so much depth, richness, and naturalness in her acting.

I recognise also that it must have been very difficult for the actress who played Yolanda (manager of Selena's fan club and her murderer). To play the villain in order to help raise awareness of the life of a fabulous soul would be very difficult indeed.

The beautiful candle-light vigils shown at the end of the film made me regret very much having not lived in Texas and been part of them at the time. I especially appreciated the fact that the film did not make Selena's death its focal point. It was much more of a celebration of the contribution she made in brining joy to the hearts of an unhappy world. This was its focus, even though Selena's death gave me a very sharp sting and made me cry. It is so sad but it cheers me that this film was made and that such a superb job was done on it. Thank you to all who worked on making this excellent film. (10 out of 10).


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