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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BlogHub Articles:

West Side Story (2021)

By Alyson on Feb 10, 2022 From The Best Picture Project

Like many, I had my doubts when I heard that Steven Spielberg was directing a remake of West Side Story. First of all, the man has never taken on a musical. Second, West Side Story is already a masterpiece. How could he, even the great Spielberg, improve such a wonderful film? Long story short, he d... Read full article


Musical Monday: West Side Story (2021)

on Dec 13, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical:West Side Story (2021) ? Music... Read full article


Musical Monday: West Side Story (1961)

on May 3, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: West Side Story (1961) ? Mus... Read full article


Classic Conversations: Two Award-Winning Costume Designers Re-Imagine ‘Rebecca’ and ‘West Side Story’

By Danny Miller on Nov 14, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

As classic movie lovers, we can be a very sensitive group when it comes to messing with our favorites. Even movies that seem to get a new version for each successive generation get severely criticized by those of us who are devotees of the originals. While Lady Gaga received a lot of acclaim... Read full article


Field Trip: “West Side Story” at AMC River East 21 on the big screen June 24

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 11, 2018 From Classic Movie Man

Field Trip: “West Side Story” at AMC River East 21 on the big screen June 24 West Side Story on the big screen Date: June 24 Where: AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois, Chicago, IL Time: 2:00 p.m. This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephe... Read full article


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Quotes from

Doc: Why do you kids live like there's a war on?


Maria: [singing] I feel pretty, oh so pretty! I feel pretty, and witty, and gay!


[first lines]
[the Jets dance across the streets of New York, eventually coming to a playground where they toss around a basketball. The ball is intercepted by Bernardo, leader of the Sharks]
Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.
[Bernardo drops the ball, Riff picks it up]
Riff: Beat it.


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Facts about

The stage version was originally planned as a story about a Catholic boy falling in love with a Jewish girl. The working title was "East Side Story". After a boom of Puerto Rican immigration to New York in the late 1940s and 1950s, the story was changed, and the show opened on Broadway in 1957 as "West Side Story".
Riff and Tony repeat an oath of loyalty to each other: Riff says "womb to tomb" and Tony answers "birth to earth." On stage Tony's original answer was "sperm to worm," but this was changed for the movie because it was beyond the censorship standards of the time.
Opening dance sequences were shot on the upper west side of Manhattan where Lincoln Center stands today. This area was condemned and the buildings were in the process of being demolished to make way for Lincoln Center. The demolition of these buildings was delayed so that the filming of these sequences could be completed.
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