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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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(962 articles)
User Reviews:
A 70-millimeter delight. See more (301 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)
Marni Nixon .... singing voice: Maria (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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Language:
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:
When the musical premiered in Europe in 1958, it was staged at the Manchester Opera House (UK).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Doc says, "What are you doing there?" after stopping the Jets from taunting Anita in the drugstore, his lips actually mouth, "What are you doing now?" which was the line in the original stage script.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 I fichissimi (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
CoolSee more »

FAQ

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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A 70-millimeter delight., 15 February 2005
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

I remember when this film ran on NBC television about 25 years ago. After being beefed up with commercials, it had to be shown in 2 parts over two nights. I only saw it in the theater once when I was about 12, and had forgotten many visuals which were cut off on the television screen. So let me just say that the smartest thing MGM-UA could do is present a widescreen, 70mm DVD. It has a gorgeous restored picture (important for visual effects like the dissolve of Natalie Wood spinning around in the bridal shop which blurs and multiplies and finally erupts into multiple dancers who converge at the gym, or the first time Tony and Maria see each other against the blur of the dance competition on opposite sides of the screen) and pristine sound- probably the most gorgeous score ever composed by Leonard Bernstein. There are, of course, stage purists who scoff at the movie (and its many ghost singers), but I always thought the film's adaptation was superior to the stage show because it gave the story a more breathless, one-act pace. Some songs are reshuffled and re-staged from the original libretto, and the background score is given something of a theatrical makeover. And the dancing, of course, is peerless-- whether it's the "Cool" dance with the Jets in a low-ceiling garage, the "America" battle of the sexes with the Sharks, or even the delicate rooftop dance performed in Act 2 by Natalie Wood- bewitching in a white dress and re-living the moment she first fell in love herself. None of these wonders can prepare you for the mind-numbing, emotional, climax.

A tour-de-force film show, clocking in at 152 minutes.

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