ACMI Identifier
324705
Title
West Side Story
Creator & Role
Mirisch Corporation, production company
Seven Arts Productions, production company
Robert Wise, co-director
Jerome Robbins, co-director
Place of Production
United States
Creation Date
1961
Colour
Colour
Sound / Audio
Sound
Duration
02:27:00
Language
English
Description
America, "Tonight", "Maria", "Somewhere", "I Feel Pretty" - just some of the sensational evergreen songs from "West Side Story", the winner of ten Oscars including Best Picture. Opening with the now famous helicopter shot of Manhattan, "West Side Story" is the heart-rending, brilliantly tuneful contemporary version of "Romeo and Juliet". The gang rivalry between The Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks reaches fever pitch when ex-Jet Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of Shark leader Bernardo. When Bernado is killed in a gang misunderstanding, Tony and Maria become the unwilling, tragic participants in the resulting vendetta. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Russ Tamblyn as Riff and Rita Moreno as Anita. Based on the book by Arthur Laurents.
Audience Classification
PG
Form
Feature films
Feature films/Feature films - United States
Genre
Musicals
Holdings
VHS; Access Print (Section 1)