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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.

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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:
... Selena Quintanilla
... Suzette Quintanilla
... Marcela Quintanilla
... Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
... Chris Perez
... Abraham Quintanilla
... Abie Quintanilla
Pete Astudillo ... Himself - Dinos 1990's
Rueben Gonzáles ... Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela ... Himself - Dinos 1990's
Don Shelton ... Stage Dancer
Richard Emanuelle ... Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez ... Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
... Bobby - Dinos 1961
... Seff - Dinos 1961
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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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For One Brilliant, Shining Moment...The American Dream Came True. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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

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Official Facebook | Warner Bros.

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Selena: The Movie  »

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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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This film used approximately 64,000 fans/extras, especially in the case of the stadium scene. See more »

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AB and Suzette appear to be close in age to 9 year old Selena during her childhood in the early 80s. In real life, AB was 17 and Suzette was 14 during that time frame. See more »

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Abraham: We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time! It's exhausting!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »


Soundtracks

Andrea
Written by David Anthony and Michelle Lewis
Performed by Ty Stevens
Appears courtesy of BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Good Movie, Great Music
17 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Not expecting to enjoy this movie, I was very pleasantly surprised. Jennifer Lopez, Edward Olmos and the rest of the ensemble cast do a marvelous job in bringing the close-knit Quintanilla family to life. The screenwriters and director skillfully lead the viewer from the father's failed attempts at rock 'n roll in the early 60s through Selena's childhood and her eventual rocket to the top of the Tejano music charts as a young woman. Thankfully her murder is not addressed as a major plot item, its almost irrelevant. And the concert scenes are fantastic. Its Selena's voice and Lopez does an incredible job. Definitely worth a rental regardless of your musical tastes.


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