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West Side Story
- Natalie Wood

Overview - Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.

Awards:
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Honorary Awards Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner

Cast List

Ernest Lehman - Screenwriter/Prod./Director
Rita Moreno - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Rosita Dolores Alverio - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Rosita Moreno - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Robert Wise - Oscar winning Director/Producer/Editor, WEST SIDE STORY
Robert Wise Jr. - Oscar winning Director/Producer/Editor, WEST SIDE STORY
Richard Beymer - American Actor/Director
George Richard Beymer Jr. - American Actor/Director
Natalie Wood - American actress, WEST SIDE STORY
Natasha Gurdin - American actress, WEST SIDE STORY
George Chakiris - American dancer/actor/singer, WEST SIDE STORY
Johnny Green - American Composer/D. 1989
John Green - American Composer/D. 1989
Eliot Feld - Choreographer/Dancer
Tony Mordente - Choreographer/Dancer
Leonard Bernstein - American Conductor/Composer
Russ Tamblyn - American Actor/Dancer/Singer
Rusty Tamblyn - American Actor/Dancer/Singer
Russell Tamblyn - American Actor/Dancer/Singer
Simon Oakland - American Supporting Actor
Jerome Robbins - Choreographer/Director; WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Thomas Stanford - Editor
Daniel L. Fapp - American Director of Photography/Cinematographer
Daniel Fapp - American Director of Photography/Cinematographer
Dan Fapp - American Director of Photography/Cinematographer

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
  • Run Time: 153
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883904245230
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: July 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Classic
Gangs
Stage Play
Love Story
Tragedy
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
A Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score backdrops this landmark Broadway musical in which a modern-day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York City street gangs. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 9, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor--George Chakiris, Best Actress--Rita Moreno, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Notes:
WEST SIDE STORY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.

Reviews:
"..Incredibly cool..." - 04/04/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.83


"...You'd be a fool not to buy it and once more savour the muscular song-and-dance numbers..." - 07/01/2003 Total Film, p.134


"[E]very Bernstein song's a humdinger with sizzling Sondheim lyrical gags. Cosily cool." - 12/01/2003 Uncut, p.160

 
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