PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Before Lou Diamond Phillips auditioned for the role, his agent mistakenly told him that the film was about Frankie Valli. Phillips didn't think he was right for the part, but went to the audition anyway.
Bob! Watch it! My guitar, man!
Bob Morales: Sorry. I didnt' know that piece of junk was so important to you.
Ritchie Valens: I even sleep with it.
As Ritchie is making a call from a glass and wood phone booth, you can see 1980s cars in the reflection.
Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family".
When the movie was originally released, the second half of the end credits detailing all the musical numbers, was originally shown in silence. On the DVD version as well as all broadcasts since the DVD release, the music credits scroll with "Come On Let's Go" playing in the background.
$5,651,990 (USA) (26 July 1987)
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