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West Side Story Overview:

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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorGeorge ChakirisWon
Best Supporting ActressRita MorenoWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Victor A. GangelinWon
Best CinematographyDaniel L. FappWon
Best DirectorRobert Wise, Jerome RobbinsWon
Best Film EditingThomas StanfordWon
Best Music - ScoringSaul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin KostalWon
Best PictureRobert Wise, ProducerWon
Best WritingErnest LehmanNominated
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West Side Story (1961)

By Beatrice on Jun 20, 2017 From Flickers in Time

West Side Story Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins Written by Ernest Lehman from the musical play by Arthur Laurents and Jerome Robbins; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 1961/USA The Mirisch Corporation/Seven Arts Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before ... Read full article


West Side Story: The Names Behind the Jets and Sharks

on Oct 18, 2016 From Comet Over Hollywood

When I was 14 in 2002, I watched “West Side Story” for the first time and became obsessed with the movie musical, which premiered 55 years ago in New York City on Oct. 18, 1961. My dad who introduced me to the film later regretted it, because I listened to the soundtrack every night and ... Read full article


Review: West Side Story (1961)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Look at West Side Story through a simple lens and you might see a Shakespearian classic given a 1950s face lift and set to music. It might seem antiquated, perhaps not as politically correct as we have come to expect, and maybe a bit regressive. However, this musical based off of the bard’s fa... Read full article


West Side Story (1961) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Look at West Side Story through a simple lens and you might see a Shakespearian classic given a 1950s face lift and set to music. It might seem antiquated, perhaps not as politically correct as we have come to expect, and maybe a bit regressive. However, this musical based off of the bard’s fa... Read full article


West Side Story (1961)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 20, 2013 From 4 Star Films

In this 1960s, musical adaption of Romeo and Juliet, two lovers become infatuated with each other but the problem is that none of their friends would ever approve. They come from two different classes and backgrounds which are constantly at odds. The two sides frequently clash as represented by the ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Riff: Four-and-a-half years I live wit' a buddy an' his family. I think I'm diggin' a guy's character... Boy, I'm a victim of disappointment in you.
Tony: End ya sufferin', little man. Why dontcha just pack up ya gear an' move out?
Riff: 'Cause ya ma's hot fa me...


Anita: You have your big important council. The council,
[kiss]
Anita: or me.
[kiss]
Bernardo: First one,
[kiss]
Bernardo: then the other.
[Tries to kiss her, she pulls away]
Anita: Ah, I'm an American girl now, I don't wait.
Bernardo: Ah, back home women know their place.
Anita: Back home little boys don't have war councils.
Bernardo: Ah, but they do here. You want me to be an American, don't you?


Tony: I ain't playing anymore, CAN'T ANY OF GET THAT?
Anybodys, Tomboy: BUT THE GANG!
Tony: You're a girl! be a girl and beat it!


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Facts about

The boys' jeans were dyed, re-dyed and "distressed," using special elastic thread to allow for the severity of the choreography.
The ship seen in the opening aerial view of the city is the SS United States of the United States Lines. It first sailed in 1952 and was laid up in the late 1960's and has been idle ever since. It was recently bought by NCL to be refurbished as a cruise ship. The SS United States currently sits rusting away at a pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. PA.
The film ran in Paris for a grand total of 249 weeks, making it the longest running film in French history.
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