Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno
Robert Wise (Director), Ernest Lehman (Screenplay), Arthur Laurents (Screenplay), Jerome Robbins (Screenplay)
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.
Local theater is showing West Side Story tonight, taking the kids to see how the hardened gangs of New York used to settle their differences through dance!
Should have seen their faces when I told ...
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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.
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 Film Editin.