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The Buddy Holly Story

Released on 14 April 2003

Featuring: Gary Busey, Don Stroud & Charles Martin Smith

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Buddy Holly laid the foundations for a generation of popular music with his ground-breaking combination of country music and rhythm and blues. This film tells his story from it's explosive beginning to its tragic end with Gary Busey giving an electrifying, Oscar nominated performance (Best Actor 1978) as the young genius from Lubbock, Texas, who changed the tune of rock 'n' roll history.
Young Buddy's studious appearance gave no hint of the 'new music' which was about to take the world by storm. His unique brand of rock 'n' roll catapulted him and the Crickets to national stardom in just three short years, with hits such as 'That'll Be The Day' and 'Peggy Sue'.
Despite opposition from the mainly redneck Texas community, his mother who nagged him to get a proper job and his girlfriend who wanted to tame him - by the age of 22, Holly had it all but the trials and tribulations of fame began to take it's toll and his brilliant career ended in tragedy all too quickly.
'The Buddy Holly Story' is one of the best biopics ever produced for the cinema and features 12 of his greatest hit songs as well as winning the 1978 Academy Award for Best Adaptation Score. It's a dynamic tribute to one of the most influential rock 'n' rollers of all time and his legacy.
  • Audio commentary by director Steve Rash and Gary Busey
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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 Average rating (6 reviews)

 Buddy Holly

| | See all steharcon's reviews (1)

Call me an old romantic, this film is pure smooth.
It maybe inaccurate but it plays sounds and sings Buddy Holly. If you're a fan of his music buy it and immerse yourself into the world of Buddy & the 50's.

 really enjoyed

| | See all palawan's reviews (1)

I am a guitarist myself, a fan, and even perform a Buddy Holly tribute. I thought the movie was great. Even if some of the material was not accurate....so what! Read a book on Buddy's life or buy a Buddy documentary instead. Enjoy the film for the entertainment value and the music. I thought the guy played a good part as Buddy. Dare I say this.....I have seen some old movie footage of the real Buddy Holly, which is not as entertaining as the stage performances in this movie! Keep on Rockin'.

 Waiting for a re-make

| | See all burkie's reviews (1)

This is certainly a film that should be re-made. The interest in Buddy Holly's life continues and box office figures for the West End show 'Buddy' proves it. This film is full of in-correct facts. Any 'Buddy' guitarist will know that Gary Busey was using a 'CBS' fender Strat...(CBS bought Leo Fender out in about 1963..4 years after Buddys death!). There was no mention of Norman Petty record producer, no mention of 'The Crickets' and Gary's voice was awful...an insult to Buddy Holly...Will someone please RE-MAKE this film!! PLEASE!! There is nothing important in this film and my opinion is: go and see the stage show.

 The Buddy Holly What?????

| | See all jamielad1971's reviews (10)

As a dedicated historian of that night on 3rd February 1959 I can honestly say this really is just a story. The only truth in it is that Buddy Holly dies that night, and even that is just a message at the end but we know that anyway. The information given in it is so inacurate that I had to laugh. There is no scene of the crash site, the news aftermath, peoples reaction, the airport, or events leading upto the crash. The worst thing is Gary Busey can't sing. The least they could have done is mime him to someone who sounded a little like Buddy Holly as they did in 'La Bamba'. I know Los Lobos were not match for 'Ritchie' but at least they sounded good and even got a number one hit from their cover of the title track. Can you imagine how it would have flopped if Lou Diamond Phillips sang Ritchies music??? You can in this one. There is not even the mention of the rest of the Crickets, Ritchie or J P Richardson (The Big Bopper), or Waylon Jennings who gave up his seat for Valens. You are left guessing until the end as to whether he is on 'The Winter Dance Party Tour' at all. Even though in 'La Bamba' there is inacuracies like the coin toss at the air strip that was not flipped by Buddy Holly but was really flipped by a DJ before they left for the airport the film does do Ritchie good justice. This film is the opposite and is an insult to the late Buddy Holly. The best movie to date on the THREE STARS is still 'La Bamba'. The Buddy Holly story needs to be remade and as we are fast approching the 50th anniversay of 'The Day The Music Died' it should be fitting that this film is re-worked proberly. Forget this if you want facts. Come on all you film producers out there re-make 'The Buddy Holly Story' properly to honour his half centenary of that night. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Re-make this film.

 Do not waste money on this

| | See all GemmaCaroline's reviews (1)

I have to agree that this film is not all i thought it would be. The Buddy story as i know it was not correct in this film. Gary Busey was uncomfortable to watch as Buddy, and the songs just didn't sound right. I advise to go and watch the musical in London, it is far more entertaining and brilliantly acted.

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ActorsGary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith & William Jordan
DirectorSteve Rash
CertificatePG
Year1978
Screen16:9
LanguagesEnglish ; French - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
Additional LanguagesFrench (Dolby 1.0 Mono)
SubtitlesNone listed
Duration1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.