The Buddy Holly Story

Release Date: May 11th, 2003

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 1999

PG |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

A chronicle of the rise and brief career of rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly (Gary Busey), who aspires to play music the way he wants it to sound. Holly and his band, the Crickets, are first invited to record in Nashville, where they encounter creative differences with the producing staff. Later they play a major booking at the Apollo Theater, scheduled there under the mistaken assumption that they're a black band. Holly's career eventually goes solo -- until the tragic day the music dies.

Cast: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, William Jordan, Maria Richwine, Conrad Janis, Albert Popwell, Amy Johnston

Director: Steve Rash

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Innovisions

Keywords: Love, Quest, Rousing, Engaging, Wife, Underdog, 1950s, Rise


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Sound
Winner Music (Adaptation Score)