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The Buddy Holly Story
The Buddy Holly Story
Actors: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan
Director: Steve Rash
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
PG     1999     1hr 54min

Biography of the brief life and tragic death of Buddy Holly, one of the instrumental figures in the creation of rock and roll. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: PG Release Date: 7-JUN-2005 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan
Director: Steve Rash
Creators: Edward H. Cohen, Frances Avrut-Bauer, Fred Bauer, Fred T. Kuehnert, Alan Swyer, John Goldrosen, Robert Gittler
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Musicals
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/07/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1978
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1978
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

A simple but well done biography
J. Buettner | Folsom, Ca | 01/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not a huge hollywood production with slick lighting and camera work but rather a small production that almost has the feel of a cross between a home movie and a TV movie (in a good way). What this movie does so well is celebrate life, and simply follows a character with passion and drive. It's inspiring to see someone follow their dreams relentlessly and that is what the filmmakers have tapped into here. We all know how Buddy Holly's life ends (so if you don't know don't read on), but the movie never even shows a shot of the plane because that is not what it's about. Top this movie off with Gary Busy's performance which is even more impressive when one learns he did all the singing in this film live (he did not lip sync any of it!)."
Gary Busey brings Buddy Holly to life!
Dave | Tennessee United States | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a huge fan of Gary Busey, who may not be a "star" but is nevertheless a great actor. This is by far his best performance, & I feel he deserved the best actor oscar more than Jon Voight (who won for Coming Home). Few people know that Busey was a musician before he was an actor, so in this awesome musical biography of Buddy Holly we get to see just how talented he is. The film is mostly factual, although some screen characters are actually composites of two or more people. The energy in Busey's performance is what makes this a winner. Not only did he sing, he did it while being filmed live! That's what gives this such a realistic look to it & it's why this stands out among the other musical biographies as one of the best. There was also a lot of unscripted dialogue that makes this even more entertaining. The best thing about the dvd is the hilarious & very informative commentary from the director Steve Rash & Gary Busey, which is almost as good as the film itself! This is an excellent tribute to a lengendary rock & roll icon & it won an oscar for best score adaptation. Do yourself a favor, add this great film to your collection!"
Welcome to the world of Buddy Holly
Dave | 11/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey should not be taken as a historical document. Nor do I believe it ever set out to be. What has been created is a film which gives the feel and atmosphere of Buddy Holly, his music and the USA of the day. To have been completely factual would have most probably killed the film with legal challenges and suppression. The Crickets leaving Buddy to side with Norman Petty in the split leading to the final tour and the bitter disappointment this must have caused Buddy, the actual split itself with Petty and the resultant financial complications, these happenings are really not the sort of thing to air in a movie to celebrate the life and music of one of the founders of Rock.Instead Gary Busey has strapped on a Fender and in effect becomes Buddy Holly. The rhythm and beat, the frantic excitement, the sheer enjoyment of the music, it is all there. We actually get to experience a timeslice of a period some of us recall fondly and others would like to share. A wonderful reminder of good music for us oldies or a enjoyable introduction to a legend for others, a Rock'n'Roll legend quoted by The Beatles and a number of other major musical identities as a major influence in their music."
Awesome, Must Have Movie!
Maria | CR, Iowa | 07/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think this is a fantastic movie. Gary Busey did an excellent job portraying Buddy Holly. Though I am aware that not every detail of this movie is 100% factual, it still makes the audience love and care about Buddy and his music. This movie is truly a must for any music fan."