Life Lessons from Movies

La Bamba

In Drama, Movies on April 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

La Bamba (1987) is a drama written and directed by Luis Valdez about Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips), a Mexican-American teenager who was signed by Bob Keane (Joe Pantoliano) to Del-Fi Records and had three major rock hits: “C’mon Let’s Go,” “Donna,” and “La Bamba” before dying in a plane crash at age 17 with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died.”

Life Lesson:

Don’t let your friends hold you back.

Movie Scene:

Bob Keane: “… and then when you’re ready we’ll record a little, ok?”

Ritchie: “What, you mean today? What about my band?”

Bob Keane: “Frankly Richie, I can’t use any of them. Is that a problem?”

Ritchie: “Yeah. They’re my buddies. Thank you. Excuse me.”

Bob Keane: “Wait, wait, Richie. Wait a minute man. Look, I understand about friendship, but I’m being honest here. Not everybody in this world gets a shot at the brass ring. You’re going to have to ask yourself what’s more important: your friends, or your music.”

Ritchie: “My family.”

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  1. In the movie, the members of “The Silhouettes” also apply this Life Lesson when they leave their band leader, Rudy Castro, after he refuses to play at the American Legion Hall, to join Ritchie Valens instead.

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