La Bamba (1987) - Biography, Drama, Music

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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Luis Valdez
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 4 out of 72 found boring (5.55%)

One-line Reviews (23)

It's a very nice and enjoyable biopic!

For what it is, the film put in a solid effort, and it is certainly an enjoyable film.

"La Bamba" is just an all-around entertaining movie.

This short movie captured the ups and downs of life, from his drunk brother who constantly abused his own wife and his mother trying to raise Ritchie as perfectly as she could be, but in between those moments, there's always a glimpse of humanity and portrayed the sense of a broken family trying to make it work in such a grounded and warm way that made the movie realistic despite the fast paced nature of the storyline.

Not a lot of depth or complexity, but entertaining still the same.

When you think that Buddy Holly was five years older than Valens at the time of their deaths, it is intriguing to think what Valens might have accomplished given a similar amount of time - just as it is to think what Holly could have accomplished had he lived.

LA BAMBA is example of a simple, nuts and bolts, entertaining biopic.

It tells Ritchie Valens life story in an entertaining and moving way.

Even though he bore little resemblance to the real deal, he talked his role with earnest and zeal.

It was a great show to watch and I really enjoyed it.

A propaganda movie in the war against the "aliens" .

An elaborate, yet unmemorable piece of propaganda.

Cliché poverty, cliché romantic scene, and the children popping on and off to suit the artistic desires of the director and writer.

Absorbing story, believable, sympathetic characters, pathos, bathos, all the makings of a thought-provoking movie.

Very enjoyable, especially if you like rock 'n' roll in its infancy.

The directors also created a nimble, exciting, and sympathetic portrait of the boy driven to rise above obstacles of race and family legacy.

Nonetheless, this film is quite an achievement in regards to portraying a rock idol (which was far better than the dull Buddy Holly Story).

Overall,this was a solid and entertaining biopic.

So this was actually educational, in addition to being entertaining.

Really, he does a great job embodying the intense charisma of the character that comes through the singer's voice.

But still it makes for an enjoyable film.

Too many scenes which are dull or cringingly hammy.

Overall: worth watching from a music history perspective, but you'll have to get through some dull/hammy scenes and acting to get to the end.