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Aug 02, 2016lukasevansherman rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Formulaic, but spirited biopic of Chicano rocker RItchie Valens, whose career was cut short when he died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. He was only 17. Lou Diamond Phillips, in his debut, is an energetic Valens, even if he's better looking than the real guy. We hit the typical biopic notes, but the music is good and there's more emphasis on family (his troubled brother, his supportive mother) than in many music movies. His girlfriend is squaresville. Brian Setzer appears as Eddie Cochrane and Marshall Crenshaw as Buddy Holly. Music by Los Lobos. Also check out "The Buddy Holly Story," "Sweet Dreams," and "Great Balls of Fire."