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The Buddy Holly Story (movie)

3 Ratings: 3.3
A movie

The actors did their own singing and played their own instruments.      The names of "The Crickets" were changed due to the original members selling their portrayal rights to another movie producer.

Director: Steve Rash
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Release Date: May 18, 1978
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about The Buddy Holly Story (movie)

Ignore the historical inaccuracies and enjoy Gary Busey's performance.

  • Oct 19, 2009
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The Buddy Holly Story is a very flawed movie that his held together by the phenomenal performance of Gary Busey as Buddy Holly.  Busey gives it his all and then some as he learned how to play the guitar and lost a lot of weight to get into character.  The story follows the rising success of Buddy Holly, a young musician from Texas who becomes a rock n' roll star.  Backed by his band "The Crickets" (a three piece band instead of two in real life) the trio torus the country an record several hit singles.  Life on the road and finding a new love causes a strain within the band and they part ways.  Will Buddy find success as a solo artist?  How will The Crickets fair without him?  Does Buddy find true love?  You'll find out and enjoy Gary Busey's performance in this melodramatic bio-pic The Buddy Holly Story.

A good entertaining sappy film that plays very loose with the facts (like it's counterpart La Bamba. a film that tells the tale of Ritchie Valens) and if you're a 50's music aficionado then you might be bothered by the gloss over of events and the many factual errors.  Just ignore them and watch Gary Busey give the performance of his life.  Paul Mooney has a small part as Sam Cooke that almost steals the show.  But this film is all Buddy. 


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