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The Buddy Holly Story

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The Buddy Holly Story

The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film on DVD, telling the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. It features an Academy Award-winning musical score and Oscar-nominated lead performance by Gary Busey.

At 20 years old, Buddy Holly became one of the most important men in America, his musical legacy credited with changing the future of a whole generation. This Academy Award® winning film tells his story – from its explosive beginning to its tragic end. Gary Busey (INSIGNIFICANCE) stars in an electrifying Oscar nominated performance as the self-taught musical genius from Texas who forever changed the tune of rock ‘n’ roll.

With a groundbreaking combination of country music and rhythm & blues, Buddy Holly and his band The Crickets (Don Stroud and Charles Martin Smith) catapulted to stardom with such hits as “That'll Be the Day”, “It's So Easy” and “Peggy Sue”.

Despite opposition from his conservative hometown and his straight-laced family, Holly had it all… but the trials and tribulations of fame began to take its toll, and his brilliant career ended in heartbreak all too quickly. Though his professional career spanned just three short years, Holly’s recorded material is credited in influencing the likes of ELVIS COSTELLO, BOB DYLAN, THE ROLLING STONES and THE BEATLES.

Winning the 1978 Academy Award for Best Score Adaptation, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY is a classic rock n’ roll biopic on one of the most influential and intriguing rock n’ rollers of all time.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Gary Busey and director Steve Rash

Critic Reviews:

  • " The film is an entertaining chronicle of Holly's brief but productive and influential career as a pioneering rock ‘n’ roll composer and singer. " – Gary Arnold
  • " The film should please Buddy Holly fans and perhaps the young generation who are curious about rock's beginnings. Rave on. " – Ted Whitehead
  • " Ultimately, the success of the film rests on Gary Busey's perfor­mance. Not since we saw the young Montgomery Clift and James Dean in their earliest roles has an actor emerged with so sharp and instantly empathetic a persona. " – Bernard Drew
Release date NZ
December 4th, 2013
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Number of Discs
Country of Production
  • USA
  • Drama
Original Release Year
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