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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Maria: [after discovering that Bernardo is killed] Make it not true, please make it not true!
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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When filming "The Taunting Scene", Rita Moreno was reduced to tears when she was harassed and nearly raped by the Jets, as it brought back memories of when she was raped as a child. When she started crying, the Jets immediately stopped what they were doing and tried to comfort her, while pointing out that the audience was going to hate them for what they were doing.
Most of the original Broadway cast were rejected for the film as either photographing too old or actually being too old for the teenaged characters. Since Hollywood was accustomed to dubbing the singing voices of many stars, dozens of non-singing actors and actresses were tested or considered for the leading roles. Among them: Suzanne Pleshette, Jill St. John, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Elizabeth Ashley, Anthony Perkins, Warren Beatty, Bobby Darin, Burt Reynolds, Richard Chamberlain, Troy Donahue and Gary Lockwood.
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