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'.
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.