Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you.

The Buddy Holly Story

 (1,808)
7.21 h 54 min1978X-RayPG
Gary Busey stars as the archetypal rock star Buddy Holly.
Directors
Steve Rash
Starring
Gary BuseyWill JordanCharles Martin Smith
Genres
DramaMusic Videos and Concerts
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
Watchlist
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Supporting actors
Don Stroud
Producers
Freddy Bauer
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

1808 global ratings

  1. 80% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
Write a customer review
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

The WhipReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is as good or better than you've already heard! Gary Busey!!
Verified purchase
Gary Busey was an underrated actor before and after his Oscar nomination for Best Actor in The Buddy Holly Story (1978)! His kooky sense of humor is on display in this movie's hero, but it just adds to the appeal of Buddy, a fellow Texan who was shy but who clearly enjoyed a good laugh. Buddy's lyrics are full of love, romance, sex and bluesy menace and his guitar playing was magnificent! He probably never played at the Apollo, but he was booked in black clubs on the common mistaken belief that The Crickets were black. And he did record with King Curtis! Hey, just read a biography, even online. The key here is Gary Busey's magnificent performance. Few people who knew Buddy Holly are alive today, but Gary's trio in the movie brings the music back to life. Gary's "finger-synching" is not bad, but it's clear that he recorded the guitar solos before the cameras rolled, and there's some inconsistency between the visual and the audio by "The Crickets". But I suspect that the vocals are a different story. The video and audio of long stretches of tape showing Buddy singing are so perfectly synched that I believe the music by Gary and the band was played from tape but that the vocals were done live in costume before the movie's audiences. Enough. I'm boring you. This movie is more enjoyable now than when I first saw it on TV a couple of years after its release! It is a treat! FIVE BIG STARS! GET YOUR COPY NOW!
12 people found this helpful
ALAN CHAMBERSReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Tribute to Buddy Holly
Verified purchase
Since I was only a kid of seven years old, I don't really recall much about Buddy Holly except hearing his songs on the radio on occasion. As I got older, I began to appreciate the immense talent he had in producing great songs that have stood the test of time up to today. He was surely a pioneer of much of the music style that followed in the sixties. It's sad that he left us so soon, but we'll always have his music to enjoy. Gary Busey did a stellar job in portraying Buddy in this film and at times it seemed like you were actually watching Buddy himself. This is certainly a movie for any Buddy Holly fan.
16 people found this helpful
DanaPapaReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspiring story of a young talented singer who changed the world of music forever.
Verified purchase
Loved how the story covered the personality of Buddy Holly and his music genius. Never imagined anyone playing the part of Buddy Holly as well as Gary Busey whose performance in this classic music was fantastic and so entertaining.
The movie did not dwell on the tragedy of the plane crash but rather on the joy of music that Buddy Holly and the Crickets brought to young people everywhere.
5 people found this helpful
M. D. ROY EARLEReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Same old story...
Verified purchase
As noted by other reviewers, this DVD will not play on U.S. players or on either of my two computers.
Nothing whatsoever indicating a specific foreign region appears on Amazon advert or on the DVD itself.
This disc was purchased through Movie Mars, a company I have had good luck with in the past.
Recognize this is not a rating of the movie itself, which I have not seen. It is a complaint and warning to potential buyers of shoddy marketing posted in the only space Amazon has for this sort of statement.
Richard BrookesReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gary Busey IS Buddy Holly
Verified purchase
For me, Buddy Holly was a name from the past. Although I lived through the era of the dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, I was never much of a fan. A friend wanted to watch this movie so I settled in for a couple hours of boredom. Was I surprised ! Although the life of Buddy Holly was not laced with melodrama and angst, it was still fascinating to see how a musician with a unique sound came to be an idol of millions of young people. Not only did the story keep my interest, I was blown-away by Gary Busey's acting. What an excellent actor he is and what a great performance. Highly recommended.
7 people found this helpful
R. Edward Merrell, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The story of a rock pioneer.
Verified purchase
Buddy Holly was my favorite rock artist when he was alive and still is. A true pioneer of the genre, setting the template for the standard Rock'N'Roll band: a lead & rhythm guitar, drums & bass. He was also among the first in the genre to write, produce and perform his own songs. He managed to bridge the racial divide and along with Elvis Presley, created a genre of music with it's roots in rockabilly country, and blues inspired R & B. And the songs, beginning w/"That'll be the Day", "Peggy Sue" and running through the innovative "True Love Ways" and "I Guess it Doesn't Matter Anymore", are among the best rock anthems ever written. All this in a career that spanned barely a year and a half. This film is a good commemorative of Holly's life, but it bears little resemblance to the real Buddy Holly story. Notwithstanding, the dramatic performance of Gary Busey as Holly; and the musical performances of Busey, Don Stroud and Charles Martin Smith, as Buddy Holly and the Crickets, are extraordinary and make this a movie worth watching.
8 people found this helpful
TrapperReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
... a splendid performance by Gary Busey made this a wonderful experience for us
Verified purchase
Old style ambiance and a splendid performance by Gary Busey made this a wonderful experience for us. Buddy Holly was responsible for many sounds we both remember from our youth, and were easily set to screen by Mr. Busey. It was a natural performance, portraying a unique personality while displaying an obvious love of the music and his own musical chops. The hesitant and sometimes stilted conversational style seemed perfectly fit for Mr. Holly's own (I don't remember hearing him speak, but he always appeared to be a little shy and reticent artist). I don't know why I never saw this when it came out, but I'm glad I finally took the time.
6 people found this helpful
JANET CABANReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVED IT , I WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. MUCH BETTER THEN THE REAL BUDDY HOLLY STORY
Verified purchase
I WATCH THIS MOVIE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. GARY BUSEY IS VERY CONVINCING AS BUDDY HOLLY HIS STYLE HIS
MANNERISM AND EVEN HIS SINGING IS ON KEY BUSEY DOES HIS OWN SINGING BUT YOU COULD SWEAR IT IS HOLLY.
I LIKE THE WAY THE MOVIE INTRODUCES BUDDY AND THE CRICKETS STARTING OUT IN A ROLLERSKATING RINK AND
HOW THAT I'LL BE THE DAY HIT THE CHARTS AND HOW NASHVILLE CALLED HIM DOWN TO DO A COUNTRY VERSION OF HIS ROCK AND ROLL SONG AND THE BIG FIGHT THAT STARTED OVER PRODUCING HIS SONG, FROM THEN ON EVERYTHING PROGRESSES.AS HE AND THE CRICKETS ARE INVITED TO NEW YORK CITY TO PLAY AT THE APOLLO THEATER. OF COURSE THE MOVIE HAS IT'S HOLLYWOOD DOINGS. HE MEETS THE LOVE OF HIS LIVE ANA MARIA SANTIAGO. AND THEY ARE HAPPY TO STAY IN NEW YORK BUT THE CRICKETS ARE HOME SICK FOR TEXAS. THE ENDING OF THE MOVIE IS PHENOMENAL.
YOU JUST HAVE TO OWN IT AND WATCH IT. ITS A LITTLE LOW BUDGET BUT THE DIRECTOR AND THE PRODUCER ARE TOP CLASS. YOU MUST BUY BUY BUY THIS DVD, MAY BUDDY HOLLY THE BIG BOPPER AND RITCHIE VALENS REST IN PEACE.
6 people found this helpful
See all reviews