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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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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

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Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

John Goldrosen, Robert Gittler

Sep 7, 1999

Columbia Pictures

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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.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Gary Busey received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing the rock 'n roll legend in this entertaining biopic.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

[W]hat really puts the movie over is the actor in the title role, Gary Busey.

September 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

An exceptionally good musical biopic with a sensational performancy by Busey

February 19, 2005

The Buddy Holly Story moves us with the joyfulness of its music and the honest sentiment aroused in us by this gawky, shy rock singer and songwriter.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Gary Busey's great performance offsets the fact that the script is about 80 percent fiction.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Buddy Holly Story

If you want to see the promise and potential of Gary Busey before a drug-induced psychosis enveloped his entire being, this is the film to watch. Busey's portrayal of the legendary rock-n-roll pioneer is absolutely brilliant. He even sings all of Buddy's songs himself. Gary Busey is a walking, talking testament to the belief that the line between genius and madness is a thin one. Much like Buddy Holly himself, Busey is a star that burned out all too quickly.
December 12, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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Probably the best work Gary Busey has ever done.
November 4, 2009
LWOODS04
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Good bio on the famous rock 'n' roller! I particularly enjoyed the cricket scene!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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Gary Busey not only did his own singing, but even lost 32 lbs to play Buddy Holly in this sensational musical biography of the singer from Lubbock Texas. Despite reportedly playing fast and loose with facts, the film is extremely entertaining. Busey was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for his effective portrayal.
October 22, 2008
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