Born to poverty. Destined for stardom. He lived the American dream. The life of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens bursts across the screen in this celebrated music-filled movie with star-making performances by Lou Diamond Phillips as Richie and Esai Morales as his half-brother Bob. La Bamba depicts the 17-year-old Mexican-American's rocket rise to fame from field laborer to rock star with a string of hit singles and a date with destiny. Fueled by Valens' hit songs performed
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Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Richie Valens in this musical biography of the Mexican-American boy who became a star at the age of 17. Beginning as a labourer in the plantations of rural California, Valens success was such that he would eventually undertake a triumphant tour with the legendary Buddy Holly. The film traces his rise to stardom, his relationship with his girlfriend Donna, and culminates with the tragic plane crash which killed him in 1959.