La Bamba

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"Born into poverty. Destined for stardom. He lived the American dream."
  • PG-13
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.9  (33,286)
  • 65

In the romantic drama La Bamba, a young Hispanic man falls in love. His romance is thwarted by the woman's racist family. But the situation gets even more complicated when he becomes a pop star. The film is based on the life of real 60s pop star Richie Valens. The film has received broadly positive reviews from critics. Richard Steven Valenzuela (Phillips) 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 (von Zerneck), for whom he wrote a song that became a number two hit ("Donna"). However, Donna's father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican-American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela (DeSoto) and half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales), and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie's success.

La Bamba
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In the romantic drama La Bamba, a young Hispanic man falls in love. His romance is thwarted by the woman's racist family. But the situation gets even more complicated when he becomes a pop star. The film is based on the life of real 60s pop star Richie Valens. The film has received broadly positive reviews from critics. Richard Steven Valenzuela (Phillips) 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 (von Zerneck), for whom he wrote a song that became a number two hit ("Donna"). However, Donna's father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican-American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela (DeSoto) and half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales), and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie's success.

La Bamba is a 1987 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 65.

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  • Release Date
    1987
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 48 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (33,286)
  • Metascore
    65