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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:
In An Era of Great Musicals, "West Side Story" Was Among the Best See more (297 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:
A major controversy developed because Carol Lawrence, who played Maria in the stage version, was passed over for the role in favor of Natalie Wood.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: There are several instances of gang members (most notably the Jets) mouthing the wrong words during the songs.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in White Nights (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
The RumbleSee more »

FAQ

Did Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer do their own singing?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' available for reading online?
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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
In An Era of Great Musicals, "West Side Story" Was Among the Best, 3 September 2005
Author: writerasfilmcritic from western US

When they say they don't make movies like they used to, this is the sort of film they are talking about. Despite its flaws (and there are some), it is easily one of the best musicals ever made. Beginning with the overture and the opening scenes of New York City, circa 1960, it almost screams "classic." Some have criticized Natalie Wood's Maria (her dubious accent and the dubbed-in singing) or Richard Beymer's Tony (his slightly smarmy interpretation of the ex gang member gone straight), but the fact remains, their wholesome, fresh-faced characterizations defined the roles. And you simply can't top the film's instrumental score, its great songs ("Maria," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty," "A Place For Us," "I Have a Love," and "Officer Krupke"), its excellent choreography, or its very effective cinematography. Rita Moreno, as Anita, delivers what was probably her best performance in the movies, in particular her dancing and singing in "America," while Russ Tamblyn, as Rif, the charismatic leader of the Jets, is seldom given the credit he deserved. Natalie Wood on the rooftop, anticipating another meeting with her newfound love, is a vision of grace and innocence, while George Chakiris as her brother Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, is very convincing as the persecuted immigrant/mean-spirited hoodlum. And its not as if these are the only actors who did a great job. A number of the other supporting roles are delivered with memorable professionalism, too. In fact, the cast as a whole is superb.

This movie poignantly (if simplistically) explores the purity of first love, while tackling intolerance and racism head-on, avoiding the tired, politically correct clichés that movies of today too often wallow in. Despite the simplicity of the story, it is always an emotional experience, no matter how many times you've seen it. While it is true that the Academy Awards have become very politicized, and no doubt always were to a degree, this movie snagged ten of them when great movies were being turned out almost as often as mindless pap is today. Not to be missed.

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