The Mexico scene was filmed at the main branch of the San Antonio Library in downtown. See more »
When Selena goes back to Chris's room and tells him she's tired of hiding still, his bangs are in his face. During this whole scene, his bangs move from in front of his face to on top of his head. See more »
[after Selena's death, sobs on the phone with a gun to her head]
I can't put the gun down! Because I'm ashamed of what I've done! I don't deserve to live! Look at what I've done to my best friend! I want to talk to my mother!
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The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »
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.
What a lovely biopic. I had barely heard of Selena when she was killed, and I'm no fan of Tejano music. But this picture was a wonderful tribute to the young talent. The movie is a celebration of her life, rather than fixating on her death, as one would expect with her family so involved (controlling) with the film. This approach also just felt right. I'm sure that Hollywood, if it had had its way, would have sensationalized this aspect to the max. I don't know how much of the film is factual, and how much is apocryphal. A local reviewer wrote that a true biography of Selena would have to wait a few years, and be done without a Quintanilla looking over both shoulders.
All I can do is rave about Jennifer Lopez. Her beauty, her talent, her sheer magnetism flows right out of the screen. She was amazing. Since her biography subject died so young, she was able to avoid the problems, inherent in the genre, of trying to age the actress to match the aging of the subject. Constance Marie, who I'm not familiar with, was quite good as Selena's mother, although she did have to deal with the question of appearing to age 15 years. Every cast member seemed right for their part, and everyone did very well. The film seemed well-directed, in that I never thought about the director at any time during the film.
Overall, the movie was very sweet, with obvious tragic overtones. Highly recommended.
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