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La Bamba [VHS]
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2001
Although not a new film, if you are a fan of 50's music then this is the film for you. Most of the musical content is provided by Los Lobos who add the authentic Latino feel.
The film is based on the true life story of the ill fated Ritchie Valens. Lou Diamond Phillips did an excellent job of portraying the main character during his (Ritchie Valens) short but successful rise to stardom in the 50's.
In fact all the main characters are so well portrayed and so convincing that on more than one occassion I had to clear a tear from eye.
This is a film that I have and will continue to watch over and over again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2005
I've been watching this film since I was a child, so I thought it deserved being bought on DVD. Fantastic movie, really quite moving. He tried hard and got out of poverty, then the tradegy happened. Really sad, good if you enjoy musicals, rock and Roll and true stories
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2007
Well i put 4 stars cuz i watched this film as a child and i was so impressed by it even as a child and i always think about this film. So glad to hear its out on DVD.

At a low price like this what have you got to lose it is a classic and awsome film
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
`La Bamba' tells the life story of Ritchie Valens who burst onto the rock n roll scene, shot to the very top and then left us just as fast. This was Lou Diamond Phillips' debut film and he puts on a solid performance throughout. It shows how Valens rose from being a migrant fruit picker, to performing with an amateur band, before getting signed and finding stardom with such hits as 'Donna' and 'La Bamba'. This also looks at his fraught home life and stressful relationship with is alcoholic brother. This film has some great music and tells the story of Ritchie's short life in a rich and engaging way. It feels a little dated now, but still makes for just under two hours entertaining viewing and it makes you appreciate Valens' music all over again. If you haven't seen this yet, this is well worth snapping up and adding to your film collection.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2010
An amazing film about this late, great, budding rock 'n' roll star who sadly died much too young. The actor portraying Ritchie does a great job, as do the other characters. Fantastic music but also sadly nostalgic as we all know that Ritche was killed in the plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper at the age of only 17. I would recomend this DVD to anyone, even those who don't know his music or the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2013
La Bamba is one of those Bio's that every music lover should have on their shelves. Not only does Lou Diamond Phillips bring the story of Ritchie Valens back to life, he becomes Ritchie. An unbelievably perfect performance that had me in tears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2014
What a sad but at the same time an uplifting film of a great singer songwriter who saddly died along with Buddy Holly, Big Bopper etc on that terrible night, wonderful acting,great music and a must have for those who remember him, even if you don't you will enjoy the film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2002
La Bamba is one of the best rock biographical films. The music is particularly haunting as you remember that Ritchie was only a boy , aged 17, when he was tragically killed. Thanks to the wonderful film, the acting, the singing and the passion that went into such a wonderful film will keep Ritchie alive for generations to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
An excellant film covering the life of Richie Valens. A good music score and is well acted by Lou Diamond Phillips. It covers his carrier until his death when he got on a small plane with Buddy Holly and J P Richardson(The Big Bopper).The plane crashed due to very bad weather and no one survived.This was a bad day for music. A film well worth watching for Rock'n'Roll fans old or young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2011
This is one of my favourite films. I had the Video for years but alas in came the DVD's and although I still had a video player the tape was getting worn so time for the DVD. It is great and so much better than the video tape. With quick delivery from Amazon it was here in no time at all.
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