West Side Story (1961) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert Wise, Walter Mirisch and Saul Chaplin.
West Side Story was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.
Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||George Chakiris||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Rita Moreno||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Victor A. Gangelin||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Daniel L. Fapp||Won|
|Best Director||Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Thomas Stanford||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal||Won|
|Best Picture||Robert Wise, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Ernest Lehman||Nominated|
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Lieutenant Schrank: At the gym last night, your brother got into a heavy argument because you danced with the wrong boy.
Lieutenant Schrank: Who was that boy?
Maria: Another from my country.
Lieutenant Schrank: And his name?
Bernardo: [singing] Everywhere grime in America / Organised crime in America / Terrible time in America
Anita: You forget I'm in America
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In 2010, Stephen Sondheim (who wrote the lyrics) told "Fresh Air" interviewer Terry Gross that while he was writing the stage musical, he originally wanted the show to be the first one in Broadway history to use the words "fuck" and "shit" in its song lyrics. He wanted the end of the song "Gee, Officer Krupke" to be "Gee, Officer Krupke/Fuck you!" (instead of what it became, which is "Gee, Officer Krupke/Krup you!"), and he wanted the lyrics in "The Jets Song" to be "When you're a Jet/If the shit hits the fan" instead of "When you're a Jet/If the spit hits the fan". However, the show's writers were informed that if the Original Cast Album contained those profanities, it would have been illegal to ship the record across state lines. So Sondheim made the substitutions for those words that appear in both the stage show and the movie.
Gus Trikonis who played Indio, one of the Puerto Rican Sharks - and who is actually Greek - is the brother of Gina Trikonis, who played Graziella, the tough red-haired Italian girlfriend of Riff, leader of the Jets.
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