iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview, buy, or rent movies, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

La Bamba

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Luis Valdez

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

About the Movie

The life of rock & roll legend Ritchie Valens bursts across the screen in this celebrated, music-filled movie with star-making performances by Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie and Esai Morales as his half-brother, Bob. La Bamba depicts the 17-year-old Mexican-American's rocket rise to fame, from field laborer to rock star with a string of hit singles and a date with destiny. Fueled by Valens' hit songs performed by the Grammy-winning Los Lobos as well as classic '50s tunes, La Bamba recreates the thrilling early days of rock and pays homage to the enduring legacy of a remarkable talent whose music crossed all borders.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

96%
  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish the toughness of his onstage persona. The role is blandly written, but Mr. Phillips gives Valens backbone. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 2, 2014

Fresh: La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 2, 2014

Fresh: Basically, it's a load of corn -- an up-from-the-basement account of a pop comet -- but the movie has an energetic, almost naive spirit. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Jun 2, 2014

Fresh: Predictably, there isn't a Ritchie blemish in sight. But the circumstances of Valens' life seem to beg this golden portrait. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 2, 2014

Read More About This Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

Customer Reviews

LA BAMBA...

iS A GREAT MOViE THAT i ENjOYED fOR THE FiRST TWO TiMES BUT iT WAS SAD THAT SOMEONE SO yOUNG AND TALENTED DiED AT 17.

Movie review.

I was introduced to this movie in my Spanish class this year, by the time the movie was over, the classroom was dead silent and almost every girl was crying. This movie makes you feel you know Ritchie Valens and will touch your heart.

Rip Ritchie.

AMAZING

This is an amazing movie and I would highly recommend watching it ATLEAST once!!!

La Bamba
View in iTunes
  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

Customer Ratings

Also Available