Director: Luis Valdez Run Time: 108 min. Release Year: 1987
Starring: Danielle von Zerneck, Elizabeth Peña, Esai Morales, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanna DeSoto
Screenwriter: Luis Valdez
Producers: Bill Borden, Taylor Hackford
Co-Presented with Vidiots Community Partner A Bunch of Savages
A sincere and thoughtful biopic on the life — and tragic death — of Mexican American musician Ritchie Valens. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who shoots to musical stardom with a love song for his girlfriend Donna. Even as his songs climb the charts, Ritchie struggles with his new-found fame, acceptance from Donna’s white family, jealousy from his own brother, and recurring nightmares of plane crashes. A Los Angeles essential, Luis Valdez’s thoughtful and touching film combines the rhythm of rock n’ roll with the romance of young love and the universality of the American dream.