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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG
114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.
Director
Writers
Alan Swyer (story) | John Goldrosen (book "Buddy Holly His Life and Music") | Robert Gittler (screenplay)
Producer
Fred Bauer (as Freddy Bauer)
Cinematographer
Editor
David E. Blewitt (as David Blewitt)
Casting Director
Production Designer
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Budget
$ 1,200,000
Gross (USA)
$ 14,363,400
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Release date
May 18, 1978 (United States)

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48 cast members
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Gary Busey
Charles Hardin 'Buddy' Holly Charles Hardin 'Buddy' Holly   See fewer
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Don Stroud
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Conrad Janis
Ross Turner Ross Turner   See fewer
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Maria Richwine
Maria Elena Santiago Maria Elena Santiago   See fewer
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Amy Johnston
Cindy Lou Cindy Lou   See fewer
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Dick O'Neill
Sol Gittler (as Dick O'Neil) Sol Gittler (as Dick O'Neil)   See fewer
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Fred Travalena
Madman Mancuso Madman Mancuso   See fewer
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Neva Patterson
Mrs. Ella Holly Mrs. Ella Holly   See fewer
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Arch Johnson
Mr. Lawrence Holly Mr. Lawrence Holly   See fewer
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John F. Goff
T.J. (as John Goff) T.J. (as John Goff)   See fewer
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Gloria Irizarry
Mrs. Santiago Mrs. Santiago   See fewer
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Jody Berry
Engineer Sam Engineer Sam   See fewer
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Richard Kennedy
Preacher Preacher   See fewer
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Jim Beach
Wilson Wilson   See fewer
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Gailard Sartain
J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson   See fewer
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Paul Mooney
Sam Cooke Sam Cooke   See fewer
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Freeman King
Apollo M.C. Apollo M.C.   See fewer
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Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Luther (as Stymie Beard) Luther (as Stymie Beard)   See fewer
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Bill Phillips Murry
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Joe Renzetti
Violinist #1 Violinist #1   See fewer
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Alan Peterson
8-Year-Old 8-Year-Old   See fewer
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John Waldron
6-Year-Old 6-Year-Old   See fewer
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M.G. Kelly
Avalon M.C. Avalon M.C.   See fewer
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Craig White
King Curtis King Curtis   See fewer
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Jerry Zaremba
Eddie Cochran Eddie Cochran   See fewer
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John B. Jarvis
Pianist - Eddie Cochran Band Pianist - Eddie Cochran Band   See fewer
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Richard Hayward
Drummer - Eddie Cochran Band (as Richie Hayward) Drummer - Eddie Cochran Band (as Richie Hayward)   See fewer
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Jack Denbo
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Paul Carmello
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Robert Christopher
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Jack Jozefson
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Buddy Miles
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Loutz Gage
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Peter Griffin
Director Director   See fewer
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Gilbert Melgar
Richie Valens Richie Valens   See fewer
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John Fisher
Man in Theater Man in Theater   See fewer
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Will Jordan
Ed Sullivan (voice) Ed Sullivan (voice)   See fewer
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Bill Lytle
Delbert Delbert   See fewer
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Raoulle
Barking Dog Barking Dog   See fewer
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Cora
Ruby Ruby   See fewer
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Mags Kavanaugh
Sissy Lou (uncredited) Sissy Lou (uncredited)   See fewer
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Groupie (uncredited) Groupie (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 7,190 votes