A powerful biography of '50s Texas rockabilly phenomenon Buddy Holly who took his band the Crickets to the top of the charts before a tragic airplane accident ended his life. Portrays Holly as regular, hardworking type who struggles with peers and the music industry before he makes it big with the huge hit "That'll Be The Day." Also details the final events leading up to the plane crash, en route to Minnesota in a snow storm on February 3, 1959, which also claimed the lives of Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.
cast & Crew
Steve Rash - Director/"Queens Logic"
Gary Busey - American Actor
Don Stroud - American Supporting Actor
Charles Martin Smith - American Actor/Director
Conrad Janis - American TV Actor
Maria Richwine - Actress - The Buddy Holly Story
Bill Jordan - Actor
Albert Popwell - Actor/"Sudden Impact"
John Goff - Screenwriter
Robert Gittler - Screenwriter - The Buddy Holly Story
Fred Bauer - Producer
David Blewitt - Editor
Joel Schiller - Production Designer
Joe Renzetti - American Composer
Steven Larner - American Director Of Photography
Reviews & Awards
"...[The film] packs solid dramatic and musical punch....THE BUDDY HOLLY story smacks of realism....Gary Busey not only imparts the driven, perfectionist side of Holly's character, but his vocal work is excellent..."
New York Times
"...[Busey gives a] galvanizing solo performance....Comes alive [during the musical segments]..."
"...[An] always-watchable bio..."
Sight and Sound
"...Rash's likeable biopic is galvanised by Gary Busey's dynamic turn as the geeky Holly..."
Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner 1978