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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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It could hardly have failed See more (300 total) »


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Runtime:
152 min
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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

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Russ Tamblyn (Riff) was dubbed for "The Jet Song" by Tucker Smith, who played Ice, his lieutenant in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the final scene there is a male onlooker dressed in blue on the left near Schrank's car. In the next wide shot he is standing on the right near the uniformed police carSee 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:
Dance at the GymSee more »

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69 out of 103 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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