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Selena

Director/Writer: Gregory Nava
Director of Photography:Edward Lachman
Editor:Nancy Richardson
Music:Dave Grusin
Production Designer:Cary White
Producers:Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz
Warner Bros.; PG; 127 minutes
Release:3/97
Cast:Jennifer Lopez, Becky Lee Meza, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and Lupe Ontiveros

She was a saucy but wholesome singer. She grew up poor and worked for a decade to win recognition as an artist. Her father didn't approve of her marriage to her band's guitarist, but love prevailed and dad came around. Just as she was about to cross over to wide audiences, the Mexican-American tejano star was gunned down by a deranged fan. That's Selena's life; there was probably much more to it, but the film doesn't delve any deeper and verges on hagiography. Lopez's Selena is convincing, especially in the many lip-synching concert scenes, and she saves the film from made-for-tv hokum.