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La Bamba [1987] (movie)

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Biography

La Bamba is an American film, directed by Luis Valdez & released in 1987. It follows the life & career of Chicano rock'n'roll star Ritchie Valens.

Plot
Richard Steven Valenzuela is a normal teenage boy who becomes a rock 'n' roll superstar under the stage name Ritchie Valens. He meets and falls in love with fellow high school student Donna Ludwig, for whom he wrote a song that became a number one hit ("Donna"). However, Donna's father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Hispanic-American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela and half-brother Bob Morales, and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie's success.

In one scene, Bob won an important art contest that helps promising cartoonists, only to throw away his prize because, in his mind, his mother doesn't seem to care enough. Bob resorts to drinking heavily and, at one point, leads him to end up crying in front of his mother's door, yelling, "I want to see my daughter!" in reference to the child he sired with Ritchie's first girlfriend Rosie.

However, when they get an opportunity, Ritchie and Bob sneak out for a good time. On one occasion, they take a road trip to Tijuana, visiting one of the local nightclubs where Ritchie discovers the song that would eventually become his signature song, "La Bamba".

The film also focuses on Ritchie's aviophobia (fear of flying), and a recurring dream he has as a result of a midair collision between two planes that actually occurred directly over Ritchie's school, in which Ritchie's best friend was crushed to death by one of the fallen aircraft (Ritchie was absent from school that day to attend his grandfather's funeral). Eventually, Ritchie must conquer his fear when asked to perform his song "Donna" on American Bandstand. Ritchie's record producer and manager, Bob Keane, helps him by giving him a little vodka to calm his nerves during the flight to Philadelphia for the Bandstand appearance.

As Ritchie becomes more famous, his responsibilities change. He has to go on the ill-fated Winter Party Dance Tour with Buddy Holly and "The Big Bopper" after his hits, "La Bamba" and "Donna", reach the top of the Billboard charts.

Valens, Holly, and Bopper take off in an airplane during a snowstorm for their fateful flight on February 3, 1959 (the night that came to be known as "The Day the Music Died"). Before the ill-fated flight, Ritchie makes a call to his brother, wherein they patch up their differences. He even invites Bob to fly out to Chicago to join the tour for family support.

The next day, as Bob is fixing his mother's car, he hears the news bulletin on the radio that his brother's plane crashed without any survivors. Bob darts out of his driveway in an attempt to get to his mother before she hears the bad news through the radio. Unfortunately, by the time he gets there she stands immobile. The news hits the Valenzuela family, Bob Keane, and Donna very hard. In the final scene, the cars to Ritchie's funeral are shown driving slowly and Bob is seen walking over a bridge and screaming out Ritchie's name, remembering all the good times they had together (in flashback), accompanied by the instrumental Sleep Walk.

We then see Lou Diamond Phillips, backed by the Mexican American rock band Los Lobos, performing Valens' version of "La Bamba" accompanied by the closing credits.

Technical
Film Director, Written By - Luis Valdez
Executive Producer - Stuart Benjamin, Daniel Valdez
Music By - Miles Goodman, Los Lobos, Carlos Santana
Edited By - Don Brochu, Sheldon Kahn
Release Date - July 24, 1987
Running Time - 1 hour 48 minutes
Country - United States

Main cast
Lou Diamond Phillips as Ricardo Valenzuela aka Ritchie Valens
Esai Morales as Bob Morales
Rosanna DeSoto as Connie Valenzuela
Elizabeth Peña as Rosie Morales
Joe Pantoliano as Bob Keane
Danielle von Zerneck as Donna Ludwig
Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran
Daniel Valdez as Lelo


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