West Side Story

United States, 1961

Film
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America, “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”, “I Feel Pretty” - just some of the sensational evergreen songs from “West Side Story”, the winner of ten Oscars including Best Picture. Opening with the now famous helicopter shot of Manhattan, “West Side Story” is the heart-rending, brilliantly tuneful contemporary version of “Romeo and Juliet”. The gang rivalry between The Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks reaches fever pitch when ex-Jet Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of Shark leader Bernardo. When Bernado is killed in a gang misunderstanding, Tony and Maria become the unwilling, tragic participants in the resulting vendetta. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Russ Tamblyn as Riff and Rita Moreno as Anita. Based on the book by Arthur Laurents.

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Credits

co-director

Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise

production company

Mirisch Corporation

Seven Arts Productions

Duration

02:27:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1961

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324705

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q273704

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