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From the time he was a high-school student in Lubbock, Texas until his tragic death at age 22 in 1959, Buddy Holly ignored the condemnation by townspeople and his conservative relatives and dedicated his life to the new music he became famous for performing: rock 'n roll. Gary Busey stars as Buddy Holly in this widely acclaimed big-screen biography and sings well enough on camera for the film's adapted musical score to win an Oscar. Among the classic songs by Buddy Holly and the Crickets which can be heard are: ...
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From the time he was a high-school student in Lubbock, Texas until his tragic death at age 22 in 1959, Buddy Holly ignored the condemnation by townspeople and his conservative relatives and dedicated his life to the new music he became famous for performing: rock 'n roll. Gary Busey stars as Buddy Holly in this widely acclaimed big-screen biography and sings well enough on camera for the film's adapted musical score to win an Oscar. Among the classic songs by Buddy Holly and the Crickets which can be heard are: "Oh Boy," "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," and "Not Fade Away."
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Special Features

Production Notes ; Interactive Menus Languages ; Director Steve Rash and Gary Busey Audio Commentary ; Bonus Trailer ; Talent and Filmographies ; Scene Selections
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Music that helped pioneer the rock era is at the heart of this biopic of the 1950s American songster whose life was cut short at age 22 in a plane crash. The most remarkable aspect of this film is Gary Busey's dead-on portrayal of Holly. Busey sings Holly's songs himself, and he makes the character his own without trying too hard to match Holly's iconic physical appearance. Busey won the National Society of Film Critics award as best actor of 1978, and he was nominated for an Oscar, but Academy honors went solely to Joe Renzetti for the pulsating score. The movie avoids wallowing in clich├ęs and successfully recaptures the frenzied energy and serendipity of the early years of the rock era. First-time screenwriter Robert Gittler died the same year that the film was released.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • UPC: 043396080195
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Buddy Holly
Don Stroud Jesse
Charles Martin Smith Ray Bob
Maria Richwine Maria Elena Holly
Conrad Janis Ross Turner
Albert Popwell Eddie Foster
Amy Johnston Cindy Lou
Fred Travalena Madman Mancuso
Dick O'Neill Sol Gittler
Jim Beach Mr. Wilson
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Luther
Arch Johnson Mr. Holly
M.G. Kelly M.C.
Freeman King Tyrone
Paul Mooney Sam Cooke
Ken Wahl
John F. Goff T.J.
William Jordan Riley Randolph
Neva Patterson Mrs. Holly
Technical Credits
Steve Rash Director
Doris Alexaner Makeup
Fred Bauer Producer
David Blewitt Editor
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Butler Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Gittler Screenwriter
Don Goldman Production Manager
Robbie Knott Special Effects
Fred T. Kuehnert Executive Producer, Producer
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Maggie Rush Choreography
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Joyce Selznick Casting
Alan Swyer Original Story
Curly Thirlwell Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buddy Raves On

    The Buddy Holly Story is about 20% fact and 80% fairy tale - about par for the course in Hollywood. If it weren't for the rivveting performances from Gary Busey and Charlie Martin Smith, the film wouldn't get 2 stars for accuracy. However, myth or not, this is one great movie, with a phenomenal soundtrack (how can you go wrong with Buddy Holly?). But, also buy the Real Buddy Holly Story, for a true account of Buddy's life.

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