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West Side Story -- A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangsthe Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (RichardBeymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.
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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 »
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(992 articles)
User Reviews:
It could hardly have failed See more (303 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)

Priscilla Lopez ... Child Extra (uncredited)
Lou Ruggiero ... Police Officer #3 (uncredited)
Penny Santon ... Madam Lucia (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 
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)
Tom May .... grip (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (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)
Jimmy Bryant .... singing voice: Tony (uncredited)
Christopher Culkin .... dancer (uncredited)
John Flynn .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gerald Freedman .... assistant: Mr. Robbins (uncredited)
Peter Gennaro .... co-choreographer (uncredited)
Maria Henley .... Shark dancer Teresita (uncredited)
Eliot Hyman .... production executive (uncredited)
Howard Jeffrey .... assistant choreographer: Mr. Robbins (uncredited)
Elaine Joyce .... dancer (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)
Lee Theodore .... dancer (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis .... dancer (uncredited)
Betty Wand .... singing voice: Anita (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:
Shooting in 65mm was prohibitively expensive. After their experiences making this film - and especially Jerome Robbins' extensive reshooting - the Mirisch brothers refused to make any more films in the format.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the war council, Schrank says that he rebuked the Jets the same day. That means that all events before the war council were on that day too. The dance started at 10 PM, and that leaves very little time for America, the balcony scene and the war council.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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FAQ

What is 'West Side Story' about?
Did Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer do their own singing?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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70 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
It could hardly have failed, 23 July 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Note the opening credits. I use the term "credits" loosely, because there aren't any. There's just a reddish orangish title card which changes colour ever so slowly while they play the overture. Now THAT takes courage. Obviously Wise was certain that Bernstein's music provides so much interest on its own that it would have been redundant to do anything but play it. And he was right. Bernstein simply wrote better music than any other Broadway composer of his day - much better music - and whether or not "West Side Story" contains his very best music, it's his very best musical. It would take a special effort to make a bad movie out of it.

In fact Wise handles things very well. We get the same silent sweep over New York that he later gave us over Austria in "The Sound of Music" - the sweep that says, "I'm going to show you New York" (or Austria, as the case may be). The filming and the colours are stark and intentionally artificial: it does feel as if we are being shown a city. Performances are all fine.

Of course, most of what makes this film great was already present in the musical. But what's wrong with that? Surely Wise shouldn't HAVE to spin straw into gold. A wise man - sorry - just accepts it with good grace when he is handed gold to begin with.

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