La Bamba

United States | 1987 | 108 min • Narrative Feature


Sedona Performing Arts Center Tue, Jun 15 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:1987
Run Time:108
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Luis Valdez
Cast:Lou Diamond Phillips
Esai Morales
Rosanna DeSoto
Elizabeth Pena
Danielle von Zerneck
Joe Pantoliano
Producer(s):Taylor Hackford
Bill Borden
Screenwriter:Luis Valdez


"La Bamba" is available for in-person screening only; virtual streaming not available.

We are proud to present a special 35th Anniversary screening of the critically-acclaimed, audience sensation "La Bamba"! The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Drama. Lou Diamond Phillips plays legendary 1950s rocker Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), in this musical biography. Before scoring radio and concert success with hits like La Bamba, C'mon Let's Go, and Donna, Valens was a 15-year-old migrant worker who worked with his mother Connie (Rosanna DeSoto). Valens' musical talents are encouraged by his family — though later various members of his family react to his fame with varying degrees of pride and envy — and he soon earns an audition with legendary record producer and former Artie Shaw clarinet player Bob Keane (Joe Pantoliano). When a romance with Donna Ludwig (Danielle von Zerneck) is forbidden by her conservative father, Valens pens the famous ballad that bears her name. Tours follow his chart success until the fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of Valens, The Big Bopper (aka J.P. Richardson), and Buddy Holly on February 3rd, 1959. Join us as we experience "La Bamba" on the big screen again and honor director Luis Valdez!

Join us as we experience "La Bamba" on the big screen again and honor director Luis Valdez — who will Zoom in for the Q&A — with our Lifetime Achievement Award!

Sponsored by Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village.