A first-rate, realistic film biography of Buddy Holly – the talented rockabilly composer-musician who introduced such 1950s hits as That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue.
Lanky, toothsome Busey, in the title role, lights up the screen with his energetic musical and dramatic performance. The story follows Holly’s career beginning as a roller rink musician in Texas to his death at the age of 22 in a plane crash.
Best of all is the way the film captures the joy and enthusiasm of early rock & roll and its effect on young people.
Gary Busey and the movies Crickets do their own singing and playing, generating their own very palpable raw energy.
Busey never matched his marvellous performance as the legendary rock & roller in this well-made biopic.
Charles Hardin ‘Buddy’ Holly
Charles Martin Smith
Maria Elena Santiago
Mrs. Ella Holly
Mr. Lawrence Holly
The Big Bopper
Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard