Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster La Bamba
La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, and Joe Pantoliano. The film depicts the effect Valens' career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of his family.Fuelled by Valens' hit songs, performed by Grammy winners Los Lobos, and a soundtrack of classic 50's tunes, LA BAMBA recreates the thrilling early days of rock and pays homage to the legacy of a remarkable talent whose music crossed all borders. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $5,698,884. La Bamba eventually grossed $52,678,820 in the United States in 12 weeks. It won a Golden Globe Award: Best Motion Picture - Drama; 1988.