This is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young rock and roll singer who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. The film follows Ritchie from his days in Pacoima, California where he and his family make a meager living working on farms to his rise as a star. The film also focuses on Ritchie's friendship and rivalry with his older brother Bob Morales and his relationship with Donna Ludwig, his girlfriend.Written by
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The American Legion Hall used in the movie was filmed on Ave 55 in the Highland Park community of Northeast Los Angeles. See more »
In one of the final scenes, you see Buddy Holly and his band performing "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". In fact this song was never recorded in the studio or performed with his band during Buddy Holly's lifetime. The song was recorded privately by Buddy on his own with his guitar as an idea, on a home tape recorder. But not until after his death was it made into studio release, by various musicians recording overdubs. It is extremely unlikely Holly would've played this song that night. See more »
Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family". See more »
When the movie was originally released, the second half of the end credits detailing all the musical numbers, was originally shown in silence. On the DVD version as well as all broadcasts since the DVD release, the music credits scroll with "Come On Let's Go" playing in the background. See more »
I was surprised by the "generation gap" in the audience.
I was a Junior in High School the "day the music died" so I knew how this movie would end going in. I saw the movie in theatrical release in 1987. In the row in front of me was a group of 14-year-old girls. It was apparent that they did not begin to guess the ending until the Beechcraft was rolling down the runway at Mason City.
There may have been some "Hollywood" to this version of Valen's life, but overall it was a very well done Bio. Lou Daimond Phillips is actually better looking than Valens, but he was convincing in the role. Joe Pantoliano is often overlooked, but I think his "Bob Keene" was also strong.
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