The Buddy Holly Story
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Gary Busey's sterling performance as Buddy Holly graces this entertaining film biography of this pioneering rock and roll performer. The film follows the trajectory of Holly's musical career from his beginnings in Lubbock, Texas,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD 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.

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

An exceptionally good musical biopic with a sensational performancy by Busey

Emanuel Levy

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
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
Probably the best work Gary Busey has ever done.
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.
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
Jared H
Gary Busey actually gives an amazingly sincere and believable performance as the late great Buddy Holly in this rock solid biopic. It's every bit as good… More