Selena

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Released 1997

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Director:
Gregory Nava
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG
Selena is a 1997 biographical film about Selena Quintanilla, a popular Latina singer who became a star in the Tejano music scene and was poised for international celebrity when her life was cut short in 1995. The movie opens as the adult Selena (Jennifer Lopez) sings at a sold-out concert at the Houston Astrodome and then flashes back to Selena's childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena learns English as her first language and only later learns to speak Spanish. Despite her shortcomings in the Spanish language and the challenges she will face in the male-dominated Tejano music industry, the young Selena (Becky Lee Meza) is encouraged by her father, Abraham (Panchito Gomez), to develop her musical talent and create a band. When Abraham hires Chris Perez (John Seda) to join as a guitarist, Chris and Selena fall in love despite Abraham's objections. Selena becomes more and more popular, but a conflict with her fan club's president, Yolanda Salvidar (Lupe Ontiveros), threatens to unravel her success.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Selena is in part a completely predictable Latino soap opera that should satisfy those who complain they aren't making movies like they like used to.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Although Nava's screenplay hits the subject of every scene right on the head and doesn't ask for much subtlety or subtext, Lopez is wonderful to watch in the dramatic sequences as ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    On its own good-natured terms, Selena' is both pleasant to watch and instructive in familiarizing a movie audience with the Texan-Mexican borderland music known as Tejano.

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    Edward James Olmos

    Edward James Olmos

    Abraham Quintanilla

    Alex Meneses

    Alex Meneses

    Sara

    Jacob Vargas

    Jacob Vargas

    Abie Quintanilla

    Constance Marie

    Constance Marie

    Marcela Quintanilla

    Jon Seda

    Jon Seda

    Chris Perez

    Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez

    Selena Quintanilla-Perez

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    Drama

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    Biography, Latino Dramas, Historical