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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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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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Taglines:

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

Gross USA:

$35,281,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,281,794
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rob Reiner was approached to direct, but was then turned down after the critical and box-office failure of North (1994). See more »

Goofs

The "Nacho Cheesier" logo on the Dorito bag Selena was eating from didn't appear on Dorito bags until sometime after her death. See more »

Quotes

Selena Quintanilla: You know I was just thinking, I've never seen you dance. Do you dance?
Chris Perez: Dance? Oh yea, I dance. Yea I put on my white shoes and black jacket and dance like John Travolta.
Selena Quintanilla: Yea, well, we can dance this. Come on. Let me see you dance.
Chris Perez: I was just kidding.
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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

Featured in Selena: Queen of Tejano (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

No Se Como Fue
(1997)
Written by Ricky Vela and Brian Moore
Used by permission of Fat and Funky Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Q Productions, Inc.
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Live Life To The Fullest Like Selena Did
5 June 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Selena' tells the fascinating story of the late Selena Quintanilla, the first famous female tejano singer. In her short life, with the support of her parents and husband, the vivacious young Selena lived the dream of every girl. Nava does a fine job of telling the story. He shows us how happy Selena was with her life (even though there were ups and downs) and she lived it to the fullest. In her short 23 years she achieved what would take a lifetime for some. This was a life that wasn't a waste because Selena knew hot to live life.

But the best thing about 'Selena' is Jennifer Lopez. Those were the days when Lopez acted her heart out on screen as has also been apparent in 'Out of Sight' and 'Blood and Wine'. Not only that, but Lopez looks stunning. Many prefer the way she looks today but in 'Selena' there's an innocence and honesty about her beauty and this coupled with her natural and spirited performance is a delight to watch. The supporting cast that includes Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and Constance Marie are all very good too.

I loved the way the soundtrack was used in the film and it brings a lot of energy to the story. The cinematography is quite good but I did not like the 3 split screen.

Even though we know the tragic fate of Selena, this film reminds us that it's more important to live a big life than a long life. Make full use of what you have and take your chance. That's what Selena did. She was loved by her friends and family and won the hearts of millions. Strongly recommended.


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