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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Gary Busey , Don Stroud , Steve Rash  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan
  • Directors: Steve Rash
  • Writers: Alan Swyer, John Goldrosen, Robert Gittler
  • Producers: Edward H. Cohen, Frances Avrut-Bauer, Fred Bauer, Fred T. Kuehnert
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K3TX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Buddy Holly Story" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith. The electrifying story of the rock 'n' roll star who, by the age of 22, had it all-chart-topping hits, a beautiful wife and international acclaim-only to have it all end tragically. 1978/color/113 min/PG/fullscreen.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Busey brings Buddy Holly to life! July 17, 2004
By Dave
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of Gary Busey, who may not be a "star" but is nevertheless a great actor. This is by far his best performance, & I feel he deserved the best actor oscar more than Jon Voight (who won for Coming Home). Few people know that Busey was a musician before he was an actor, so in this awesome musical biography of Buddy Holly we get to see just how talented he is. The film is mostly factual, although some screen characters are actually composites of two or more people. The energy in Busey's performance is what makes this a winner. Not only did he sing, he did it while being filmed live! That's what gives this such a realistic look to it & it's why this stands out among the other musical biographies as one of the best. There was also a lot of unscripted dialogue that makes this even more entertaining. The best thing about the dvd is the hilarious & very informative commentary from the director Steve Rash & Gary Busey, which is almost as good as the film itself! This is an excellent tribute to a lengendary rock & roll icon & it won an oscar for best score adaptation. Do yourself a favor, add this great film to your collection!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple but well done biography January 18, 2004
Format:DVD
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 (in a good way). What this movie does so well is celebrate life, and simply follows a character with passion and drive. It's inspiring to see someone follow their dreams relentlessly and that is what the filmmakers have tapped into here. We all know how Buddy Holly's life ends (so if you don't know don't read on), but the movie never even shows a shot of the plane because that is not what it's about. Top this movie off with Gary Busy's performance which is even more impressive when one learns he did all the singing in this film live (he did not lip sync any of it!).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of Buddy Holly November 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey should not be taken as a historical document. Nor do I believe it ever set out to be. What has been created is a film which gives the feel and atmosphere of Buddy Holly, his music and the USA of the day. To have been completely factual would have most probably killed the film with legal challenges and suppression. The Crickets leaving Buddy to side with Norman Petty in the split leading to the final tour and the bitter disappointment this must have caused Buddy, the actual split itself with Petty and the resultant financial complications, these happenings are really not the sort of thing to air in a movie to celebrate the life and music of one of the founders of Rock.
Instead Gary Busey has strapped on a Fender and in effect becomes Buddy Holly. The rhythm and beat, the frantic excitement, the sheer enjoyment of the music, it is all there. We actually get to experience a timeslice of a period some of us recall fondly and others would like to share. A wonderful reminder of good music for us oldies or a enjoyable introduction to a legend for others, a Rock'n'Roll legend quoted by The Beatles and a number of other major musical identities as a major influence in their music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Must Have Movie! July 8, 2004
By Maria
Format:VHS Tape
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 audience love and care about Buddy and his music. This movie is truly a must for any music fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh,Boy!!!! December 23, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think the most important thing about "The Buddy Holly Story" is it captures the essence of it's subject, the time it is depicting, and the burgeoning rock'n'roll movement. The most glaring innacuracy is the names of the other Crickets, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin, being changed. That quibble aside, this film is simultaneously important, yet thrilling, because it celebrates the artistry of rock's premiere pioneer(sorry, Elvis). Gary Busey doesn't merely portray Buddy Holly, he is possessed by the spirit of the man. Though he doesn't necessarily duplicate the vocals of Holly, he has the essence of them down pat. Credit too has to go to Don Stroud and Charles Martin Smith as the other Crickets. This trio actually feels like a working band. I read some of the other reviews that take issue with the film for it's inaccuracies. The truth of the matter is alot of the fabrications in the film were the result of legal wrangling and not a deliberate attempt to falsify the facts. The most important thing here is the film celebrates the man, his creative processes, and the music. If this film moves the uninitiated they can seek out the true story. In conclusion,"Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll!"(Oh, that's Chuck Berry.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor blu ray quality March 8, 2011
By YD.
Format:Blu-ray
did I write 'poor quality'in the title? There's no blu ray image quality at all...
It's the worst transfer to blu ray I had to witness until now. Secondly, the sound is mediocre and thirdly there are no subtitles (and of course no extras...).

This disk is for sure the result of the path of the least effort taken by its producers.

Actually, it should be forbidden that results like this have the BD quality label.

Lucky for me the movie and the performances are allright, that's the reason for the generous 2 stars...

Y.D.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I thought Gary Busey was very believable. I enjoyed how Buddy Holly was portrayed as someone with a vision who would not sell out even if it meant losing a record deal, a common... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rick A. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars "Buddy Holly" for a trip down memory lane
Great older movie!! Busey actually does his own singing in this from what I hear. No "body count and no CGI---just entrtainment.
Published 29 days ago by Peter J. Kron
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a true story.
This movie was do sometime ago. Gary Busey looked pretty much like Buddy Holly as well as he sang like him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie.
Well priced great condition. Great movie for fans of Buddy Holly, full of all his classic hits and a moving tribute to a lost talent.
Published 2 months ago by suzanne wickham
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddys Story
This is a good movie. A lot of people complain that they didn't get the story exactly right. One review I read pointed out mistakes youd have to litteraly look very close to catch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
It's a great story and not too racy. Have the Kleenex ready. Gary Busy did a great job to this amazing story
Published 2 months ago by C. FOX
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV & Big Screen
affordable! and all classics are a favorite! thank you amazon for remembering my account and making the classics from TV to Big screen available!!!
Published 2 months ago by Ivonne Long
4.0 out of 5 stars the video of buddy holly is fantistic
If you like buddy holly, like i do, you will the video, the legend in his own time.buddy forever & ever
Published 3 months ago by John Yamamoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Prescent
good value for money, and quick delivery over the Christmas period. We have had lots of wind and rain, and snow on the mountains
didn't know what else to say.
Published 3 months ago by george robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly fan
I'm a Buddy Holly fan. I was in high school when he died. I saw this film years ago. I wanted a blue ray copy. I have it on VHS.
Published 3 months ago by Gregory J. Ocampo
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