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Writers:
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
Arthur Laurents (book)
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Release Date:
23 December 1961 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
"BEST PICTURE!" Winner of 10 Academy Awards! - 1961 (post-Oscar) See more »
Plot:
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 10 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Uncompromisingly Great film See more (300 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Natalie Wood ... Maria

Richard Beymer ... Tony

Russ Tamblyn ... Riff

Rita Moreno ... Anita

George Chakiris ... Bernardo

Simon Oakland ... Schrank

Ned Glass ... Doc
William Bramley ... Krupke

Tucker Smith ... Ice
Tony Mordente ... Action
David Winters ... A-rab
Eliot Feld ... Baby John
Bert Michaels ... Snowboy
David Bean ... Tiger
Robert Banas ... Joyboy
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... Big Deal (as Scooter Teague)
Harvey Evans ... Mouthpiece (as Harvey Hohnecker)
Tommy Abbott ... Gee-Tar
Susan Oakes ... Anybodys
Gina Trikonis ... Graziella
Carole D'Andrea ... Velma
Jose De Vega ... Chino
Jay Norman ... Pepe

Gus Trikonis ... Indio
Eddie Verso ... Juano
Jaime Rogers ... Loco
Larry Roquemore ... Rocco
Robert E. Thompson ... Luis (as Robert Thompson)
Nick Navarro ... Toro (as Nick Covacevich)
Rudy Del Campo ... Del Campo
Andre Tayir ... Chile
Yvonne Wilder ... Consuelo (as Yvonne Othon)
Suzie Kaye ... Rosalia
Joanne Miya ... Francisca
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Astin ... Glad Hand (uncredited)
Jimmy Bryant ... Tony (singing voice) (uncredited)

Christopher Culkin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Maria Henley ... Shark dancer Teresita (uncredited)
Elaine Joyce ... Dancer (uncredited)

Priscilla Lopez ... Child Extra (uncredited)

Marni Nixon ... Maria (singing voice) (uncredited)
Lou Ruggiero ... Police Officer #3 (uncredited)
Penny Santon ... Madam Lucia (uncredited)
Lee Theodore ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Wand ... Anita (singing voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerome Robbins 
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Arthur Laurents (book by)

Jerome Robbins (play conceived by)

William Shakespeare  play "Romeo and Juliet" (uncredited)

Produced by
Saul Chaplin .... associate producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
Robert Wise .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Leonard Bernstein (music by)
Irwin Kostal (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Stanford (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven (production designed by)
 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin  (as Victor Gangelin)
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costume designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup (as Emile La Vigne)
Alice Monte .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant director
Jerome M. Siegel .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property
Maurice Zuberano .... production artist (as M. Zuberano)
Leon Harris .... production illustrator (uncredited)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound editor
Murray Spivack .... sound
Vinton Vernon .... sound
Richard Gramaglia .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Fred Hynes .... sound recording supervisor (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Saul Bass .... visual consultant
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
 
Stunts
Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Linwood G. Dunn .... title photographer (uncredited)
John Finger .... camera operator: title sequence (uncredited)
Ernst Haas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Louis Kulsey .... dolly grip: title sequence (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Marshall M. Borden .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leonard Bernstein .... music by
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Saul Chaplin .... musical supervisor
Johnny Green .... music conductor
Johnny Green .... musical supervisor
Irwin Kostal .... musical supervisor
Irwin Kostal .... orchestrator
Sid Ramin .... musical supervisor
Sid Ramin .... orchestrator
Stephen Sondheim .... lyrics by
Robert Tucker .... vocal coach (as Bobby Tucker)
Betty Walberg .... musical assistant
Pete Candoli .... musician (uncredited)
Jack Dumont .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Walter A. Gest .... production music playback operator (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Albert T. Viola .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tommy Abbott .... dance assistant
Margaret Banks .... dance assistant
Saul Bass .... titles
Robert E. Griffith .... based upon the play produced on the stage by
Howard Jeffrey .... dance assistant
Tony Mordente .... dance assistant
Harold Prince .... based upon the play produced on the stage by (as Harold S. Prince)
Jerome Robbins .... choreography by
Jerome Robbins .... stage play: director
Jerome Robbins .... stage play: orchestrator
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (as Stanley K. Scheuer)
Roger L. Stevens .... by arrangement with
Hal Bell .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
John Flynn .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gerald Freedman .... assistant: Mr. Robbins (uncredited)
Peter Gennaro .... co-choreographer (uncredited)
Eliot Hyman .... production executive (uncredited)
Howard Jeffrey .... assistant choreographer: Mr. Robbins (uncredited)
George Lake .... assistant stage manager: stage production (uncredited)
Harold Mirisch .... production executive (uncredited)
Marvin Mirisch .... production executive (uncredited)
Howard Newman .... press representative (uncredited)
Arthur Rubin .... assistant stage manager: stage production (uncredited)
Wallace Siebert .... assistant: Mr. Gennaro (uncredited)
Ray Stark .... production executive (uncredited)
Lee Theodore .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
152 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:MG6 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1970) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19949) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Original plans for the play to involve a Jewish boy and an Irish Catholic girl were abandoned because producer Arthur Laurents felt it too closely mirrored the play "Abie's Irish Rose".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tony's arm jumps up from his side between shots at the end of the balcony scene.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[the Jets dance across the streets of New York, eventually coming to a playground where they toss around a basketball. The ball is intercepted by Bernardo, leader of the Sharks]
Riff:[snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.
[Bernardo drops the ball, Riff picks it up]
Riff:Beat it.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How old were Maria and Tony?
How does the movie end?
Did Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer do their own singing?
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94 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
An Uncompromisingly Great film, 5 February 2005
Author: Tony Dummett (cashcam@ozemail.com.au) from Sydney, Australia

Although I think I've seen just about every musical there is from the forties to the seventies, I'd never seen West Side Story until last night. An amazing omission on my part, as having seen it, I just think it's simply wonderful.

I bought the DVD "on spec" in a CD/DVD exchange store in Sydney for $10. I've had it in my hand a couple of times before but have always put it back on the shelf. This time I went through with the purchase and am now wondering what could have come over me, not buying it before.

Those here who have said you really need to watch it on the Big Screen are absolutely right. In my case I watched it using a video projector throwing the image, big, bright and beautiful, onto a 12 foot screen. The photography used the wide screen format uncompromisingly. There was no caution here to frame the action for possible television cropping, or even much consideration given to a 2.35:1 "Cinemascope" presentation. Super Panavision's aspect ratio is not as wide as Cinemascope's 2.35:1, and every square inch of screen space was used for one or another important element of composition.

Bernstein's music is a tour de force. Having watched On The Town only a few days back, it was interesting to contrast the two musicals. On The town is, of course, 15 years or so older than West side Story, but a comparison between the two scores is chalk and cheese. You could tell that Bernstein was holding himself back in On The Town. It wasn't his project. The numbers were almost self-censored. But West side Story was his baby, and it shows.

The sheer brilliance of the music, the enchanting daring of it, its raucous atonality coupled with sweetness of melody are awesomely impressive, as show-stopper after show-stopper is thrown onto the screen to continually up the amazement quotient, time after time.

I played West Side Story loud, very loud. The surround sound knocked my socks off from the opening aerial ambiance of Manhattan streets to the orchestrations themselves. I remember Bernstein in the documentary about the concert version of West Side Story saying, aside to the camera, after "Cool, Boy" was recorded, "You know, this is pretty good..." One of the great understatements, even if coming from the music's creator.

See this film. Play it loud. Watch it on a big screen if you can. If you do you may, like I did, sit there thrilled, swinging your head from one side of the Super Panavision screen to the other, trying to take in the overwhelming avalanche coming at your eyes, your ears and your heart. It was an almost perfect transfer from film to DVD: color, sharpness, depth.

It's been a long while since I've watched a film with a silly grin on my face right through, sometimes gasping at the sheer knock-out brilliance of what film-making can be at its best. West Side Story was one of those times.

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