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Rock historians and hard-core Buddy Holly fans can and do take issue with director Steve Rash's 1978 biopic of the Lubbock, Texas, rocker's life: the script liberally juggles details from Holly's brief but blazing career, replacing producer Norman Petty and Holly's original bassist and drummer with fictionalized composite characters. Yet the core of the film, and the reason it's definitely worth a look and listen, is Gary Busey's lusty performance in the title role, triumphing against what might have seemed miscasting.
The burly, lantern-jawed Busey steps into the lankier, narrow-faced Holly's blue suede shoes and dances off with the movie. At a time when live rock albums thought little of overdubbing mistakes in the studio, director Rash honored Busey's nervy gamble in performing these songs live, singing in his own raw voice and rumbling through his own approximations of Holly's guitar work. What's lost in precise verisimilitude is more than compensated by Busey's conviction and a palpable, almost ecstatic terror as he charges through Holly's wonderful songs before indifferent roller-rink audiences.
Other films have nailed the period more accurately through art direction or script, but Busey's authentic energy gives this movie an emotional veracity that's just right for this chapter in rock history. Still, for musical purposes, go straight to the source, Holly's wonderful recordings.--Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very good movie! Excellent acting by all characters. Very sad story. Truly a legend in Rock & Roll history.
Will buy again.
Don not waste your money on this Blu Ray. It is the worst transfer ever. The colours are washed out. During scene on stage at hall their faces are all bright and white. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2012 by Bruce Fulton
I think this is a fantastic movie. Gary Busey did an excellent job portraying Buddy Holly. Though I am aware that not every detail of this movie is 100% factual, it still makes the... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Maria
This movie does not in any way portray the real Buddy Holly. It contains several inaccuracies, and, to me, Gary Busey is miscast as Buddy Holly. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Bill Emblom
This is not a huge hollywood production with slick lighting and camera work but rather a small production that almost has the feel of a cross between a home movie and a TV movie... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by J. Buettner
I'll keep it brief. Gary Busey delivers, in this reviewers humble opinion, the performance of a lifetime .. dare I say the role he was destined to play. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
This is the ture story of Buddy Holly (played by Gary Busey) who was on the same private plane with Ritchie Valens and Jiles Perry "J.P. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by James McDonald