A powerful biography of '50s Texas rockabilly phenomenon Buddy Holly who took his band the Crickets to the top of the charts before a tragic airplane accident ended his life. Portrays Holly as regular, hardworking type who struggles with peers and the music industry before he makes it big with the huge hit "That'll Be The Day." Also details the final events leading up to the plane crash, en route to Minnesota in a snow storm on February 3, 1959, which also claimed the lives of Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.
1978 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
Charles Martin Smith - American Actor/Director
Conrad Janis - American TV Actor
Maria Richwine - Actress - The Buddy Holly Story
Gary Busey - American Actor
Bill Jordan - Actor
Albert Popwell - Actor/"Sudden Impact"
Joe Renzetti - American Composer
Joel Schiller - Production Designer
Fred Bauer - Producer
David Blewitt - Editor
Stevan Larner - American Director Of Photography
Steven Larner - American Director Of Photography
Don Stroud - American Supporting Actor
John Goff - Screenwriter
Robert Gittler - Screenwriter - The Buddy Holly Story
Steve Rash - Director/"Queens Logic"
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 114
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 043396471757
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: January 2016
Co-produced by Innovasions-ECA. Color by CFI; prints by MGM. Additional cast: Amy Johnston (Cindy Lou), John Goff (T.J.), Gloria Irizarry (Mrs. Santiago), Joe Berry (Engineer Sam), Richard Kennedy (Preacher), Jim Beach (Wilson), Freeman King (Apollo Emcee), Symie Beard (Luther), Bil Phillips Murry (Desk Clerk), and Jerry Zaremba (Eddie Cochran). Additional credits: Frances Avrut-Bauer (associate producer), Don Goldman (production manager), Maggie Rash (project coordinator), Carol Himes (assistant director), Thalia Phillips (men's costumes), Doris Alexander (makeup), Jerry Stanford (sound editor), and MGM (titles). Rated BBFC A by the British Board of Film Censors.
"...[The film] packs solid dramatic and musical punch....THE BUDDY HOLLY story smacks of realism....Gary Busey not only imparts the driven, perfectionist side of Holly's character, but his vocal work is excellent..." - 05/17/1978 Variety
"...[Busey gives a] galvanizing solo performance....Comes alive [during the musical segments]..." - 07/21/1978 New York Times, p.C14
"...[An] always-watchable bio..." - 09/29/1995 USA Today, p.3D
"...Rash's likeable biopic is galvanised by Gary Busey's dynamic turn as the geeky Holly..." - 05/01/2000 Sight and Sound, p.65