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La BambaThe movie chronicles the story of the rise from nowhere of legendary 1950s rocker Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The movie also covers the effect that Valens' career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of his family.
Actors of "La Bamba"Lou Diamond PhillipsBirthdate: 17 February 1962, Subic Bay Naval Base, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Characters of "La Bamba"
Directors of "La Bamba"Luis ValdezBirthdate: 26 June 1940, Delano, California, USA
Creators of "La Bamba"Luis ValdezBirthdate: 26 June 1940, Delano, California, USA
Critic Reviews of "La Bamba"Time OutJuly 07, 2010
An enjoyable if slightly innocuous biopic based on the brief life and short-lived fame of teen rock'n'roll idol Richie ValensVarietyMarch 26, 2009
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances.New York TimesJune 12, 2003
As Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish the toughness of his onstage persona. The role is blandly written, but Mr. Phillips gives Valens backbone.Washington PostJanuary 01, 2000
Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait.Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 01, 2000
This is a sincere, well-acted movie about the short life of a minor rock 'n' roll star, and by the time it's over we almost have the feeling Valens would have been surprised not to have died in a crash.Washington PostJanuary 01, 2000
Basically, it's a load of corn -- an up-from-the-basement account of a pop comet -- but the movie has an energetic, almost naive spirit.Cinema CrazedJanuary 02, 2017
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers.United Press InternationalNovember 08, 2016
This is a movie about music and it is the Valens sound, a unique blending of Latin rhythm and rock beat, that prevents La Bamba from being just another example of Hollywood hero worship.Common Sense MediaJanuary 01, 2011
Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens.Shadows on the WallFebruary 07, 2005
solid, entertaining biopicJuicy CerebellumApril 30, 2003
Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.eFilmCritic.comJanuary 07, 2003
Perhaps otherwise destined to be remembered as a talented footnote in musical history, Richie Valens is immortalized for the masses in this well-conceived and involving movie.
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