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The Buddy Holly Story

1978, Biography, 1h 53m

30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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A chronicle of the rise and brief career of rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly (Gary Busey), who aspires to play music the way he wants it to sound. Holly and his band, the Crickets, are first invited to record in Nashville, where they encounter creative differences with the producing staff. Later they play a major booking at the Apollo Theater, scheduled there under the mistaken assumption that they're a black band. Holly's career eventually goes solo -- until the tragic day the music dies.

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  • Dec 07, 2010
    Nicely done loosely based biopic on the life of Buddy Holly. The performance by Gary Busey is fantastic and unfortunately he's never been better.
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  • Oct 06, 2010
    Gary Busey actually gives an amazingly sincere and believable performance as the late great Buddy Holly in this rock solid biopic. It's every bit as good as other great musical biopics I've seen, and what I liked about it, besides Busey's excellent performance, was that it took its time showing us the music. We get some great lengthy scenes of pure performance...and man did Buddy Holly have some classics. Busey actually sings and plays his own guitar, seamlessly making us believe that he is a rock star, and one of the first "rock stars" ever, at that. Really impressive stuff.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    This was one of Busey's best movies and he did an excellent job with this movie! He even looked like geeky Buddy Holly and I thought it hit home. The story was a little bit all over the place but laid his life out pretty well. What is even better is that Busey sang all original songs and lost weight for this part. I had no idea he played the Apollo and went on tour with Sam Cooke. Its too bad Busey went downhill because he is a pretty good actor and this movie proved it.
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  • Nov 04, 2009
    Probably the best work Gary Busey has ever done.

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