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La Bamba

1hr 48mins
Directed by
Luis Valdez
Lou Diamond Phillips,
Esai Morales,
Rosanna DeSoto

Featuring a performance from students of the Brookline Music School! La Bamba distills its subject's creative energy and reflects his music's enduring appeal.

Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend (Danielle von Zerneck) whose parents didn't want her to date a Latino boy. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob (Esai Morales), and becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour alongside Buddy Holly (Marshall Crenshaw).  

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