The Buddy Holly Story
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 7, 1999
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

[W]hat really puts the movie over is the actor in the title role, Gary Busey.

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Gary Busey's great performance offsets the fact that the script is about 80 percent fiction.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a better-than-average behind-the-scenes drama that boasts a sterling turn from Busey and a whole lot of memorable music.

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Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

An exceptionally good musical biopic with a sensational performancy by Busey

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Gary Busey received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing the rock 'n roll legend in this entertaining biopic.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
If you want to see the promise and potential of Gary Busey before a drug-induced psychosis enveloped his entire being, this is the film to watch. Busey's… More
Mark Hobin
Gary Busey not only did his own singing, but even lost 32 lbs to play Buddy Holly in this sensational musical biography of the singer from Lubbock Texas.… More
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Probably the best work Gary Busey has ever done.
John Ballantine
I couldn't name you a single Gary Busey movie since his fabulous performance as Buddy Holly and yet...why is this guy still popping up every now and again?… More
Anthony Lawrie
Good bio on the famous rock 'n' roller! I particularly enjoyed the cricket scene!
Wu Chouin
Nicely done loosely based biopic on the life of Buddy Holly. The performance by Gary Busey is fantastic and unfortunately he's never been better.