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Selena (1997)

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The true story of Selena, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director:

Gregory Nava

Writer:

Gregory Nava
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Selena Quintanilla
Jackie Guerra ... Suzette Quintanilla
Constance Marie ... Marcela Quintanilla
Alex Meneses ... Sara (as Alexandra Meneses)
Jon Seda ... Chris Perez
Edward James Olmos ... Abraham Quintanilla
Jacob Vargas ... Abie Quintanilla
Pete Astudillo Pete Astudillo ... Self - Dinos 1990's
Rueben Gonzáles Rueben Gonzáles ... Joe Ojeda - Dinos 1990's (as Ruben Gonzalez)
Ricky Vela Ricky Vela ... Self - Dinos 1990's
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... Stage Dancer
Richard Emanuelle Richard Emanuelle ... Concert Reporter (as Richard Emanuele)
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Young Abraham - Dinos 1961 (as Panchito Gomez)
Richard Coca ... Bobby - Dinos 1961
George Perez ... Seff - Dinos 1961
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Storyline

The film tells the story of the life of Mexican "Tejano" style singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the progress of her career resulting in her No. 1 US album. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a girl who had the spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The studio where "I Could Fall in Love" is recorded in the movie is Studio A in Q-Productions, where Selena actually recorded her English album. See more »

Goofs

During the beauty saloon scene Selena states that they were flying out to Los Angeles for the Grammys. However the Grammys that were depicted in the film did not take place in Los Angeles. Selena won her Grammy at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards which was held in New York City. See more »

Quotes

Selena Quintanilla: Hey dad, what was so important you had to drag me over here?
Abraham: Aye, Selena we have a problem. And I don't know where to start. It's Yolanda.
Selena Quintanilla: What?
Abraham: We started to get complaints from fans who had sent money to the fan club and had received nothing. Not a picture, nada. Then I found out she had a problem with her previous employer.
Selena Quintanilla: Well what kind of problem? Because you know Yolanda. She wouldn't do that.
Abraham: Money problems. We didn't find out about it because they had settled it out of court. But I went to ...
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank The Quintanilla Family See more »

Alternate Versions

On the Superstation and TNT versions, the scene where Selena sings "No Me Queda Mas" is extended, as is the scene where she sings "Si Una Vez". On all television showings, the word "Damn" is edited out of the scene where Abraham brings home the music equipment. See more »

Connections

Featured in Selena: Queen of Tejano (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

A Summer Place
(1959)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Mack Discant
Warner Bros., Inc.
Performed by Gary Le Mel (as Gary LeMel)
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~Selena Quintanilla-Perez~
27 December 2001 | by famousgir1See all my reviews

Selena is the true-story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a talented young Mexican singer, who was discovered by her own father at the age of 10. Selena had everything going for her, a good family, whom she was very close with, a great husband, loads of fans and of course her music career that kept getting stronger. Selena had even won a prestigious Grammy award for Best Mexican/American Singer and was the most popular Latin singer at that time. Until, all that was taken away from her, when at the age of 23 in 1995, Selena's 'friend' and fan club manager, Yolanda Saldivar murdered her, after Selena had confronted Yolanda about money, she had stolen.

I'm one of the many people out there who only heard about Selena in the last couple of years. I can't remember where I first heard of her. The internet, maybe, but the things I did hear were all good and she sounded like a very talented and popular young singer and of course I was really shocked to hear about how she died.

I was really interested to watch the movie Selena and when I finally got to watch it, I thought it was really great. It tells you the whole story of Selena's life, from when she was just a young girl, to her meeting guitarist Chis Perez and secretly getting married to him, we see her singing at sold-out concerts, all the wonderful fans she had and not only that but we find out that Selena was planning to have kids and she was just about to release her first English language album, all until she was she was terribly murdered. I thought the end of the movie, where there was real footage of the real Selena, was beautifully done and it was great to see clips of the real Selena singing at her concerts, meeting her fans and just having fun with her family, friends and husband.

I thought the whole cast in the movie were great, Jennifer Lopez played Selena really well and deserved any award she received or got nominated for. The rest of the cast including, Edward James Olmos, who played Selena's father and Jon Seda, who played Selena's husband Chris Perez did really well too.

After watching the movie and hearing Selena, (Jennifer Lopez was lip-synching to Selena's voice. I thought that was good too.) I am going to get hold of some of Selena's music. I hope her memory will live on forever. Selena, the movie is highly recommended. Whether you're fan or not, see it.


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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Selena: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Aransas Pass, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,615,722, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$35,281,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,281,794
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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