Up 26,311 this week

The Making of 'West Side Story' (1985)
"Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Music  -  May 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 116 users  
Reviews: 4 user

A documentary which shows, in great detail, the making of the 1985 Bernstein-conducted recording of the entire score of "West Side Story", featuring operatic stars.


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 557 titles
created 14 Sep 2011
a list of 51 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Feb 2013
a list of 317 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
a list of 5966 titles
created 01 Apr 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Making of 'West Side Story' (TV Movie 1985)

The Making of 'West Side Story' (TV Movie 1985) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Making of 'West Side Story'.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
Vicious (TV Series 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour
West Side Stories (TV Movie 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Ben and Syd struggle to find happiness living in LA's West Side. Ben dates an actress who reveals that she has to wear helmet during sex - a sex helmet. Syd dates an actor who only seems to... See full summary »

Director: Lou Howe
Stars: Greg Lisi, Heidi Niedermeyer, Claire Titelman

A remake of the 1961 film about rival gangs in New York City.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Zeit zu zweit (TV Series 1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Klaus Kinski, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff
Einer wird gewinnen (TV Series 1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Martin Jente, Willy Berking


Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Conductor
Kiri Te Kanawa ...
José Carreras ...
Tatiana Troyanos ...
Kurt Ollmann ...
Nina Bernstein ...
Louise Edeiken ...
Angelina Réaux ...
Stella Zambalis ...
Alexander Bernstein ...
Stephen Bogardus ...
Richard Harrell ...
Todd Lester ...
David Livingston ...
Marty Nelson ...


A documentary which shows, in great detail, the making of the 1985 Bernstein-conducted recording of the entire score of "West Side Story", featuring operatic stars.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Documentary | Music



Official Sites:




Release Date:

May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Making of 'West Side Story'  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Amongst all the English credits the copyright says "Leonard Bernstein und Stephen Sondheim 1957." See more »


West Side Story
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Arthur Laurents
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
Orchestration by Leonard Bernstein with Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A fascinating insight into the workings of a genius and the interactions of excellent artists
11 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I borrowed this video from a friend and now I'm going to buy it if I can find it. It is excellent in so many ways.

First off, watching a master like Bernstein makes everyone else in the craft pale by comparison. I'm not an opera buff, and I'm no expert on conductors, but watching Bernstein was always a treat for me. He's a perfectionist. That I can see, but his over-flowing passion is contagious and kept me riveted.

But this documentary/passion play isn't only interesting because of that. To hear Bernstein's commentary on the movie "West Side Story" and how he came to write the score for that just thrills your soul. Aside from that, hearing the other singers comments on Bernstein, especially Kiri Te Kanawa who's obviously enthralled to be there, is just wonderful. The chemistry between these two is tangible and then there's the reverse. Bernstein lays into poor Jose Carreras so hard that Carreras starts chewing his nails. After they've been at it for several days, you can see that the recording session isn't going to Bernstein's liking and it's obvious that he's worn out. I felt like I was given a special behind-the-scenes viewing. It was great.

As I speak Spanish, I just happened to read a Spanish review about how "Carreras handled himself like a gentlemen." Baloney! He let go some curses that would curl your hair if it was translated into English.

It all makes for a very insightful voyeur's haven of documented human emotions, passions and play.

If you like music, human interaction and entertainment, you'll love this docu. I can't recommend it more highly and Tush-tush! to anyone who tells you differently. If you're a Bernstein fan, run out and buy this film!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Making of 'West Side Story' (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: