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
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.
New York Times
Jun 12, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Fairly well put together film about the hispanic king of rock'n roll.
Juicy Cerebellum
Apr 30, 2003
...Engaging biopic of 50s rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens....His music is rousingly performed by Los Lobos...
Sight and Sound
Jun 1, 2001
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. Full Review
United Press International
Nov 9, 2016
...[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
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
Rating: 4/5 -- Sweet, sad rock-idol story for mature teens. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011

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: 5,393
  • UPC: 043396085497
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