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West Side Story (1961)

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  • Special ED. DVD

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four decades. The Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein score is just one of the reasons.

Cast

  • Natalie Wood
  • Richard Beymer
  • Russ Tamblyn
  • Rita Moreno
  • George Chakiris
  • Simon Oakland
  • Ned Glass
  • William Bramley
  • Tucker Smith
  • Tony Mordente

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Eliot Feld (Baby John) collapsed and ended up hospitalized with pneumonia during the demanding filming of "Cool".
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Goofs

  • Tony's arm jumps up from his side between shots at the end of the balcony scene.
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Quotes

    • [singing]
    • Ice: Play it cool boy, real cool.
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Metacritic

100

West Side Story remains a landmark of musical history. But if the drama had been as edgy as the choreography, if the lead performances had matched Moreno's fierce concentration, if the gangs had been more dangerous and less like bad-boy Archies and Jugheads, if the ending had delivered on the pathos and tragedy of the original, there's no telling what might have resulted.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times