The Buddy Holly Story
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The rapid rise and tragic end of one of early rock & roll's most influential (and ahead of his time) performers is told in this well-wrought biopic. The role of Buddy Holly made actor Gary Busey (who did all his own singing and guitar playing) a star and earned him Oscar nomination.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"[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)
"...a better-than-average behind-the-scenes drama that boasts a sterling turn from Busey and a whole lot of memorable music."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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
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