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West Side Story


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


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

Release: Dec. 13th, 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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Natalie Wood is generally a good actress, but she doesn't make for an especially convincing Puerto Rican (which becomes much more obvious when she's in a scene with the other Puerto Rican characters) and it's a bit too obvious that she's being dubbed over during songs where she performs.
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Best Picture Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris - Bernado Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno - Anita Best Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins Best Cinematography, Color Best Music Score Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Best Costume Design, Color Best Sound Best Film Editin.
The film opens with the Jets, and for most of the film's duration, the focus is solely on them, relegating the Puerto Rican Sharks to secondary characters or even the "bad guys".
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