La Bamba PG-13

La Bamba
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 6, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "Remembering Richie"
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Music Video:
      1. Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
      2. Howard Huntsberry - "Lonely Teardrops"
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Luis Valdez - Director/Writer, Cast
      2. Taylor Hackford & Daniel Valdez - Producers
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies
    • Filmographies

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , &
Directed by
Music by
Screenwriting by
Produced by &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 52,166
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jan 2, 2017
...LA BAMBA is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances. In Lou Diamond Phillips' sympathetic turn, Valens comes across as a very fine young man...
May 20, 1987
Rating: 3/5 -- solid, entertaining biopic
Shadows on the Wall
Feb 7, 2005
An enjoyable if slightly innocuous biopic based on the brief life and short-lived fame of teen rock'n'roll idol Richie Valens Full Review
Time Out
Jul 8, 2010
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: 3/5 -- Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.
Juicy Cerebellum
Apr 30, 2003
Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

Rock 'n Roll biopic on the life of Ritchie Valens, a young Mexican/American whose talents as a rock and roll singer catapulted him from the obscurity of a farm laborer obsessed with music to stardom at the age of seventeen with a string of pop hits still popular today. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie and an excellent Esai Morales as his brother Bob, with whom he had a loving but tempestuous relationship.

Plot Synopsis:

A film biography of Mexican-American musician and singer Ritchie Valens, a one-time fruit picker who became a rock-and-roll legend.
The story covers his early career (when he scheduled gigs in between high school classes); his romance with blond, WASP-y Donna, the namesake of one of his pop hits; and the ill-fated national tour he played with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.


Production Notes:

  • Produced by R. Valenzuela Productions.
  • Film premiered (and opened) the 12th Seattle International Film Festival in 1987, two months before its national release.
  • Shot on location in San Jose and Hollister, California, for an estimated budget of $6.5 million.
  • Copyright 1987 Columbia Pictures.

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  • Sales Rank: 2,361
  • UPC: 043396085497
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