No matter how many times I have seen the film over the years since it was made in 1987, I still cry at the end. Ritchie's story is one with such promise. Such a talent should not have been taken from us at the tender age of 17. Lou Diamond Phillips makes an excellent Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales does no shabby job either. What is really a shame is that it took until 2001 for Ritchie Valens to be inducted into the Rock -n- Roll Hall of Fame. That should have happened decades earlier. His career may have been short, but his music has left a lasting impression on many generations.