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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas born tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.3/10 (10,124 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Gregory Nava

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda

The film tells the story of life of Mexican "Tejano" style singer Selena and the progress of her career resulting in No.1 US album.


Jennifer Lopez

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

Jackie Guerra

Suzette Quintanilla

Constance Marie

Marcela Quintanilla

Alex Meneses


(as Alexandra Meneses)

Jon Seda

Chris Perez

Edward James Olmos

Abraham Quintanilla

Jacob Vargas

Abie Quintanilla

Pete Astudillo

Himself – Dinos 1990's

Rueben Gonzáles

Joe Ojeda – Dinos 1990's

(as Ruben Gonzalez)

Ricky Vela

Himself – Dinos 1990's

Don Shelton

Stage Dancer

Richard Emanuelle

Concert Reporter

(as Richard Emanuele)

Panchito Gómez

Young Abraham – Dinos 1961

(as Panchito Gomez)

Richard Coca

Bobby – Dinos 1961

George Perez

Seff – Dinos 1961

For One Brilliant, Shining Moment…The American Dream Came True.


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Release Date: 21 March 1997

Filming Locations: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000


Opening Weekend: $11,615,722
(23 March 1997)
(1850 Screens)

Gross: $35,422,828
(29 June 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The studio where "I Could Fall In Love" is recorded in the movie, is Studio A in Q-Productions, where Selena actually recorded her English Album.


When Selena's parents are talking after their kids perform for the first time other than at the restaurant, the mother's hair changes from in front to in back a few times.


Selena Quintanilla:
I may not be street wise and all that, but at least I'm not that dumb!

User Review

~Selena Quintanilla-Perez~


Selena is the true-story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a talented young
Mexican singer, who was discovered by her own father at the age of 10.
Selena had everything going for her, a good family, whom she was very close
with, a great husband, loads of fans and of course her music career that
kept getting stronger. Selena had even won a prestigious Grammy award for
Best Mexican/American Singer and was the most popular Latin singer at that
time. Until, all that was taken away from her, when at the age of 23 in
1995, Selena's 'friend' and fan club manager, Yolanda Saldivar murdered her,
after Selena had confronted Yolanda about money, she had stolen.

I'm one of the many people out there who only heard about Selena in the last
couple of years. I can't remember where I first heard of her. The internet,
maybe, but the things I did hear were all good and she sounded like a very
talented and popular young singer and of course I was really shocked to hear
about how she died.

I was really interested to watch the movie Selena and when I finally got to
watch it, I thought it was really great. It tells you the whole story of
Selena's life, from when she was just a young girl, to her meeting guitarist
Chis Perez and secretly getting married to him, we see her singing at
sold-out concerts, all the wonderful fans she had and not only that but we
find out that Selena was planning to have kids and she was just about to
release her first English language album, all until she was she was terribly
murdered. I thought the end of the movie, where there was real footage of
the real Selena, was beautifully done and it was great to see clips of the
real Selena singing at her concerts, meeting her fans and just having fun
with her family, friends and husband.

I thought the whole cast in the movie were great, Jennifer Lopez played
Selena really well and deserved any award she received or got nominated for.
The rest of the cast including, Edward James Olmos, who played Selena's
father and Jon Seda, who played Selena's husband Chris Perez did really well

After watching the movie and hearing Selena, (Jennifer Lopez was
lip-synching to Selena's voice. I thought that was good too.) I am going to
get hold of some of Selena's music. I hope her memory will live on forever.
Selena, the movie is highly recommended. Whether you're fan or not, see it.