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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jackie Guerra wanted the part of Selena's sister, Suzette, so badly that she lied at her audition, saying that she was an experienced drummer, when in fact she had never played the drums. After her inexperience was finally revealed, Selena's real sister Suzette gave her private lessons. 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

Mexican Guy: Anything for Salinas!
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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

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

El Chico del Apartamento 512
(1994)
(Onscreen as "El Chico del Apartmento 512")
Written by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III) and Ricky Vela
Produced by A.B. Quintanilla (as A.B. Quintanilla III)
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) and Lone Iguana Music (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Latin
Performed by Selena
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Excellent Movie
30 November 2006 | by karansandeepSee all my reviews

I don't know bow many people in India has seen this movie. I did not about Selena at all before this movie. I had not seen any movie of Jenifer Lopez as well before this. One thing I can say the world definitely lost a great singer very early and Ms.Lopez is definitely an under rated actress. She is better off going good cinema than her pop singing career. Over all a great movie with excellent songs. The star cast was good and deserves a credit for the casting director. The director also goes a good job. But not to ignore that the storyline was true so that added to the whole effect of the movie. Deserves a all 10 star rating.


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