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The Buddy Holly Story

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Steve Rash

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About the Movie

Gary Busey gives an electrifying, Oscar® nominated performance (Best Actor-1978) as Buddy Holly, the musical genius from Lubbock, Texas, who changed the tune of rock n roll history. With a groundbreaking combination of country music and rhythm & blues, Buddy Holly and the Crickets (Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith) catapulted to national stardom in just three short years with such hits as "That'll Be the Day," "It's So Easy," and "Peggy Sue." By the age of 22, Holly had it all: chart-topping singles, a beautiful wife, and international acclaim until tragedy ended a brilliant career but not his music. In an Academy Award® - winning score adaptation, Busey sings Holly's greatest hits in thisdynamic tribute to one of the most influential rock n rollers of all time and the legacy he left behind.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The facts in this pop biography are often hopelessly askew, but the story is carried by the unadulterated power of Gary Busey's original and insightful performance. – Michael Sragow, New Yorker, Apr 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great movie... Great performances!

The story has a few liberties in it because of some some rights issues during the time it was made (there are more band members historically) but the performances were just outstanding. Gary was a drummer/singer but learned guitar, Don Stroud and Charles Martin Smith learned to play their instruments and sing. All the music was recorded live during filming and most were done on the first take! There are some performances in the film where Gary really... really looks like the real Buddy just appeared in to him and it's to hard, vocally tell them apart when you play the movie soundtrack and Some Buddy tracks in shuffle mode in iTunes. If you get a chance to pick up the DVD, it's has a great commentary by Gary and the director Steve Rash... good amounts of trivia of the film and background on Buddy himself told from others.

An era

It's not just the Buddy Holly Story, it's not just the music ... it's the era .... one that will sadly never be duplicated ... climb into the time machine, watch, listen, breathe it in ...


People who don't like Buddy Holly may become a fan after watching this movie. Gary Busey pulls off a flawless preformance. He was really singing all of the songs too. You should check this out!!

The Buddy Holly Story
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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