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West Side Story


Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno View All


Jerome Robbins (Director), Robert Wise (Director), Jerome Robbins (Screenplay), Arthur Laurents (Screenplay) View All

Released: Oct. 18th, 1961
Runtime: 2 hours, 32 minutes
In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.
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Both the song's melody and lyrics...as well as the choreography were perfect for that scene. Very cool! Dance at the Gym...loved it! that entire number, the colors, the movement, the song, everything about it. That was one of my favorites.
West Side Story is most definitely a classic, but I won't deny it had its flaws. Granted, it's a very crisp-looking and well-choreographed musical, but I kind of fault it over its two leads.
The cast is first rate, despite the fact that none of the leads do their own singing.