The Buddy Holly Story
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From the time he was a high-school student in Lubbock, Texas until his tragic death at age 22 in 1959, Buddy Holly ignored the condemnation by townspeople and his conservative relatives and dedicated his life to the new music he became famous for performing: rock 'n roll. Gary Busey stars as Buddy Holly in this widely acclaimed big-screen biography and sings well enough on camera for the film's adapted musical score to win an Oscar. Among the classic songs by Buddy Holly and the Crickets which can be heard are: Oh Boy, That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, and Not Fade Away. ~ Clarke… More

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"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."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"An exceptionally good musical biopic with a sensational performancy by Busey"
‑ Tony Medley,
"Gary Busey received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing the rock 'n roll legend in this entertaining biopic."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Buddy Holly Story moves us with the joyfulness of its music and the honest sentiment aroused in us by this gawky, shy rock singer and songwriter."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[W]hat really puts the movie over is the actor in the title role, Gary Busey."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Gary Busey's great performance offsets the fact that the script is about 80 percent fiction."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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