The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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as Buddy Holly
as Jesse Charles
as Ray Bob Simmons
as Mrs. Santiago
as Eddie Foster
as Jenny Lou
as Mr. Wilson
as Sam Cooke
as Desk Clerk
as Engineer Sam
as Cadillac Salesman
as Mr. Holly
as Mrs. Holly
Critic Reviews for The Buddy Holly Story
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.
...a better-than-average behind-the-scenes drama that boasts a sterling turn from Busey and a whole lot of memorable music.
Gary Busey received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing the rock 'n roll legend in this entertaining biopic.
[W]hat really puts the movie over is the actor in the title role, Gary Busey.
An exceptionally good musical biopic with a sensational performancy by Busey
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.
Probably the best work Gary Busey has ever done.
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.
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