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West Side Story -- Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950s New York and stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.

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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:
Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 10 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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152 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
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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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In 1962, the Columbia Records soundtrack release commanded the number-one spot on the "Billboard" popular albums chart from May 5 through June 16, and again from October 6 through October 13.See more »
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Plot holes: The door of Doc's store has a screen to keep out thieves, but the windows do not.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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25 out of 39 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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