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
La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
A strong statement about the fleeting, fragility of life, and the bond between brothers. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jan 2, 2017
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
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
Rating: 3/5 -- solid, entertaining biopic
Shadows on the Wall
Feb 7, 2005
...[Brings Valens's] music to life all over again....Philips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish[es] the toughness of his onstage persona...
New York Times
Jul 24, 1987
Rating: 4/5 -- 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. Full Review
Jan 7, 2003

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: 13,286
  • UPC: 043396085497
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