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Selena
     

Selena

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Director: Gregory Nava, Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Lee Meza, Edward James Olmos

Cast: Gregory Nava, Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Lee Meza, Edward James Olmos

 

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Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on

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Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death. Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) is a veteran musician who leads a family-based singing group, The Dinos. At a young age, he notices that his daughter Selena (played as a child by Becky Lee Meza) has a strong singing voice, and he works her into the act (her big number is a version of "Over the Rainbow"). However, as she grows older, Selena (played as an adult by Jennifer Lopez) wants to establish her own musical identity; while her heritage is Mexican-American, her primary language is English, and her favorite artists are American pop acts like Donna Summer. While Selena and Abraham sometimes argue about the musical direction of the group, he always respects and supports her talent, and her blend of Tejano roots music and danceable pop rhythms soon sparks a revolution in Latin music. Selena later earns the wrath of her father when she becomes romantically involved with Chris Perez (Jon Seda), a rebellious and long-haired guitarist hired to play with the group, but when they elope and Selena convinces Abraham that their love is sincere, Chris is welcomed into the family. After a long string of successes on the Latin charts and playing to a sellout crowd at the Houston Astrodome and a crowd of 100,000 at a stadium in Monterey, Mexico, Selena begins recording her first album in English, which is expected to make her a mainstream star on the level of Whitney Houston or Gloria Estefan. However, the fates decreed it was an album she would never complete. Selena was produced with the participation of the Quintanilla Family (Abraham was executive producer), and Selena's own recordings were used on the soundtrack.

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Jennifer Lopez delivers a breakout performance in this biopic that re-teams her with Mi Familia (1995) writer/director Gregory Nava, who continues to explore the Latino-American experience. Nava's engaging script wisely mines his subject's life for humor and conflict, embracing Selena Quintanilla's passion for music, her affair with Chris Perez (John Seda), her tumultuous relationship with her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), and the enduring affection of her fans. As director, Nava effectively re-creates his characters' ethnicity without condescension, impressively explores the flip side of life on the road, and in a feat of technical skill, fills a stadium with 35,000 extras to re-create a seminal Houston Astrodome appearance. The pre-"JLo" Lopez is warm and genuine here, foreshadowing her own success as a recording artist while sealing the deal on an acting career that was by no means assured until the one-two punch of this film and the critically successful Out of Sight (1998). Seda is a quiet charmer as the pop star's guitarist and soul mate, while Olmos manages to be both lovable and petulant as the exacting Abraham. At times a hagiographic treatment of her life, a minor fault that can probably be blamed on the real-life Abraham Quintanilla's role as producer, Selena (1997) is nonetheless a satisfying and rich depiction of a talented but too-brief life in music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0085391163268
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
23,524

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Selena Quintanilla
Rebecca Lee Meza Young Selena
Edward James Olmos Abraham Quintanilla
Jon Seda Chris Perez
Constance Marie Marcela Quintanilla
Jacob Vargas Abie Quintanilla
Lupe Ontiveros Yolanda Saldivar
Jackie Guerra Suzette Quintanilla
Richard Coca Bobby-Dinos 1961
Panchito Gomez Young Abraham-Dinos 1961
Sal Lopez Juan Luis
Victoria Elena Flores Young Suzette
Rafael Tamayo Young Abie
Leon Singer Concert Promoter
Ruben Gonzalez Joe Ojeda
Selena Voice Only

Technical Credits
Gregory Nava Director,Screenwriter
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Carolyn Caldera Associate Producer
Bayard Carey Sound/Sound Designer
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Moctesuma Esparza Producer
Miranda Garrison Choreography
Henry J. Golas Associate Producer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Sidney James Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven M. Kalb Associate Producer
Robert Katz Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Peter Lopez Co-producer
Roger Mussenden Casting
Kaaren F. Ochoa Asst. Director
Abraham Quintanilla Executive Producer
Nancy Richardson Editor
Nancy De los Santos Associate Producer
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
Ed Vega Art Director
Cary White Production Designer
David Wisnievitz Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Selena [FS]
1. Houston Concert [3:34]
2. Go, Girl [3:39]
3. Los Dinos [4:06]
4. Finding a Voice [2:49]
5. A Band Is Born? [4:05]
6. Abraham's Dream [4:23]
7. Selena's Dream [1:02]
8. From Deep Inside [2:13]
9. On the Move [4:56]
10. Washing Machine [2:15]
11. Dancing in El Paso [3:59]
12. His Little Girl [3:48]
13. Anything/Salinas [3:55]
14. Chris Perez [3:18]
15. Plain Talk/Pizza [2:49]
16. #1: "Como La Flor." [3:12]
17. Feeling Indifferent [3:53]
18. Mex-Amer Is Hard [2:09]
19. Dumb Behavior [3:03]
20. Mexico [9:15]
21. Love Declared [2:36]
22. Love Forbidden [4:09]
23. If They're Right [2:01]
24. Selena Lets Go [4:43]
25. Newlywed Jitters [1:42]
26. Reconciliation [3:24]
27. Flying [5:38]
28. Dress for Grammys [4:39]
29. Triumphs [2:37]
30. Gift Ideas [:58]
31. In the Studio [3:44]
32. Between Friends [:52]
33. Anything Is Possible [2:08]
34. Problems W/Yolanda [2:51]
35. A Dream Cut Short [5:39]
36. Farewell [3:15]
37. End Credits [3:46]
Disc #1, Side B -- Selena [WS]
1. Houston Concert [3:34]
2. Go, Girl [3:39]
3. Los Dinos [4:06]
4. Finding a Voice [2:49]
5. A Band Is Born? [4:05]
6. Abraham's Dream [4:23]
7. Selena's Dream [1:02]
8. From Deep Inside [2:13]
9. On the Move [4:56]
10. Washing Machine [2:15]
11. Dancing in El Paso [3:59]
12. His Little Girl [3:48]
13. Anything/Salinas [3:55]
14. Chris Perez [3:18]
15. Plain Talk/Pizza [2:49]
16. #1: "Como La Flor." [3:12]
17. Feeling Indifferent [3:53]
18. Mex-Amer Is Hard [2:09]
19. Dumb Behavior [3:03]
20. Mexico [9:15]
21. Love Declared [2:36]
22. Love Forbidden [4:09]
23. If They're Right [2:01]
24. Selena Lets Go [4:43]
25. Newlywed Jitters [1:42]
26. Reconciliation [3:24]
27. Flying [5:38]
28. Dress for Grammys [4:39]
29. Triumphs [2:37]
30. Gift Ideas [:58]
31. In the Studio [3:44]
32. Between Friends [:52]
33. Anything Is Possible [2:08]
34. Problems W/Yolanda [2:51]
35. A Dream Cut Short [5:39]
36. Farewell [3:15]
37. End Credits [3:46]

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Selena 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Pablito More than 1 year ago
A good and very entertaining biography. Rebecca Lee Meza, as the young Selena, is brilliant. I wish we could see more movies with her. I also wish that Abraham Quintanilla, Selena's father, hadn't had so much control over the movie. Then we might have been able to learn more about the circumstances of Selena's death. Still, an excellent movie!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
just by watching the movie you fall in love with her Jlo did a great job as the role of Selena i love the dressing scene at the mall the whole movie is great wonderful grand the ending is sad but her voice is sooo amazing!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Selina is and will always be in my heart.I have been a fan since age 3.At this moment I am hearing her music.She is the best singer of all time.If I could go back in time I would stop Yalanda!Thank's to Selina my firend is learning spanish.I know all her songs because I am mexican.She sings so good. I love her movie.It is best!I would feel really bad if I had a sister and they killed her.I hate Yalanda for what she did.Selina I miss you very much.Everytime I watch your movie I cry.I wish with all my heart you were still here. WE MISS YOU SELINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Lopez did an excellent job playing Selena. Selena herself was a great artist and should always be remembered. She never deserved to die. That will always make me cry. If you have never seen this movie, it is recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Movie is great. I really like the music and it showed the true story about the real Selena.
cookiemonster1 More than 1 year ago
i love this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie i've seen she would have been the best if she was killed and to this day i still think she would have been the bomb she had a wonderful voice and when i found out she had been killed i started cryin so bad she was so great and sweet and loved all of her fans and loved her family very much and loved her husband and wanted to have kids and she would be the biggest that what i think!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I watched the Selena movie I knew that I would love it and I did. That was the best movie in my life that I was my greatest. My favorite part in the movie was when she would dance and the wasy she sang was beautiful. Yolandia,the one who had killed Selena should be ashamed. Why should she be ashamed?? She should be ashamed because she had destroyed a very great person. She should be very ashamed. Well, Thank you for taking your time to read this and have the best in the holidays to come....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just want to say that Selena is the best and that she should always be remembered.Her music is perfect and she was perfect...Selena your the best !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selena is the best movie of all time. It is a story about love, family, and dreams. The story is about a little Mexican-American girl in Texas who wants to become a star. She never gives up, and keeps trying, and she finally makes it to the big time. In a tragic ending, everything is taken away from her. Jennifer Lopez plays the part of the older Selena. She portrays her in a way that I don¿t think anybody else could. Edward James Olmos plays Selena¿s father, who is very compassionate to what his daughter does and supports her all the way through it. This is an excellent movie to watch with everybody. Selena is a heartwarming story about a girl with dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy love her in this move she is a hit and she is really good my sister wathes it evey time it comes on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is awesome! i didn't know who selena really was until i saw this movie. i've only watched it three times, and i still cry every time. Selena was a very talented young woman and she touched people of all ages. it's tragic that her life was taken at the age of 23. i recommend this movie for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
EXELENT!!!!!!!!!SUUUUUUPPER Is really really a nice movi....it shows about her whole life i recommend it 100%
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the truth and nothing but the truth. I am a Filipina and been in the States since 1990. I have not heard about Selena, until I saw her movie, and went crazy about it. Could not find the movie in the store until the next time it was shown again on TV and I recorded it and watch the movie over and over again. Then I bought 2 of her CD's DREAMING OF YOU AND SELENA ONES as this is the only two I could find in the store. Went to our vacation trip to Arizon and all I listen to my CD player are her songs for 14 days until we got back to Ohio. I have a little Karaoke Machine, I played her music and sing with Selena. I am really possessed with my BELOVED SELENA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best true story movies i have seen. Selena was an amazing singer with a voice to move a soul. She left us to soon but through the movie she will always be a part of our lives and a part of the music world. To her family, God love you all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selena the Movie is a great introduction to the life of the late Tejano star, and also great for long time Selena fans. Although the movie itself only gives an overview of the most important years of her life musically, sadly the last ones, it does capture Selena's spirit. In Jennifer Lopez's ''break-though'' film, she does a great job portraying Selena Quintanilla Perez. Lopez's performances are all lip synced to the real Selena's voice, and all on-stage costumes and off-stage outfits are near-perfect replicas of the real Selena's fashions, many of which she designed herself. A good film for the entire family, with a great soundtrack. Highly recommended!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selena is the best movie ever!I loved the way she sang and didn't here about her until i was 5 years old the day her live ended on the news. This movie was very organized and the make-up artist made Jennifer Lopez look like the real Selena. Selena will always be remembered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie because selena was such a great person and she never cared what anyone ever said about her.She did what she loved. 'sing'. Selena is my favorite singer and i always wanted to be like her.Selena will always be remembered. She was such a talent and so pretty. She was the same person on stage and off. She was getting really famous until her life was taken away. .God bless selena, her family and friends. Rest in peace selena. You will never be forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never knew Selina.One thing I khew about her, she was murdered.That was how I knew her.I watched SELINA played by Jlo recently.My friend bought a compilation album and her song dreaming of you was also included in that album.I heard it many times...and I realized that I fall in love with her.The song is the best song I ever heard.I hope I am able to know her fans all over the worl.Please write to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was good SELENA was one of the best singers I have ever lstened to!!!!! What a sin and a shame she is no longer here! May she rest in total peace!! Love you Selena!!!!!!!!!!!
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