La Bamba


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Genre: Dramas
Director: Luis Valdez - Director/Playwright
Theatrical Release: 1987
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 109 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

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.;

Language Usage   Subtitled
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   Y
Stereo Sound   Y
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   Y
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   Y
Extra Info   Closed Caption; Subtitled inMultiple Languages
Esai Morales - Puerto Rican American actor, LA BAMBA, NYPD BLUE
Lou Diamond Phillips - American actor/director, LA BAMBA
Carlos Santana - Guitarist/Songwriter
Taylor Hackford - American Director/Producer
Luis Valdez - Director/Playwright
Luis Valdez - Director/Playwright
Stuart Benjamin - American producer
New York Times
"...[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..."
"...LA BAMBA is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances. In Lou Diamond Phillips' sympathetic turn, Valens comes across as a very fine young man..."
Sight and Sound
"...Engaging biopic of 50s rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens....His music is rousingly performed by Los Lobos..."

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