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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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The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

More than 20,000 girls auditioned for the roles of Selena at different ages. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Selena walks up to the stage at the Astrodome, we can see Suzette Quintanilla playing and Pete Astudillo as one of the background singers. In the real concert Suzette did not play due to illness and the background singer is named Freddie Correa. See more »

Quotes

Abraham: No female has ever made it and now you're number one. You cracked the Tejano market wide open. You walked into Mexico and they don't even accept Mexican-Americans and they love you, and now?
Selena Quintanilla: And now... gringos. Disney World!
Abraham: You remember?
Selena Quintanilla: Uh-huh.
Abraham: And all the barriers that have stopped people before... and you went through them like they didn't exist. Maybe for you they don't exist. I love you, and I'm very proud of you.
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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

References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuatro Paredes
Written by Ricky Vela
Used by permission of Fat and Funky Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Q Productions, Inc.
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Great movie and so so sad
3 March 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

I don't know much about the real Selena, so I don't know how much of the movie was fact and what was fiction. But even if this movie wasn't based on a real singing superstar, it would have been great to watch anyway.

Jennifer Lopez is stunning in every way as Selena. She hits all the right chords as a teenager, a woman in love, a dutiful daughter and sister, and a singer adored by legions of fans. And she loved everyone of them right back. The actors playing her family are all great, too (especially her father). Ms. Lopez also has a sweet, natural chemistry with Jon Seda as Chris. Their relationship is so real because they were friends first...friends who fell in love.

Ms. Lopez also does a great job lip-synching Selena's songs, and the ending will bring tears to your eyes. A must see!


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