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Jerome Robbins


Natalie Wood
Richard Beymer
Rita Moreno
George Chakiris
William Bramley
Tucker Smith





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Two New York City rival gangs sing their way through battles and love as they duke it out in this 1961 best picture winner.

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SteelCity99 04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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If you were totally fascinated by The Sound of Music, this spellbinding and beautiful Robert Wise musical will leave you humming for the songs, dancing happily the whole week, and keep you reflecting about human values, discrimination, intolerance and injustice, and about the power of friendship and equality among the world. It IS different. A musical update of the immortal classic "Romeo and Juliet" set inside the nucleus of teen gangs seemed almost reprehensible, but Wise made the wisest decision: to team up with Robbins to bring to worldwide screens an unprecedented musical that even stood out during that Golden Age of cinema. Fosse would be the next step. 90/100

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Matthew Brady 02/18/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Two New York City rival gangs sing their way through battles and love as they duke it out in this 1961 best picture winner. This movie has some good songs and the dancing is enjoyable but I am not really a musical guy,

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Daniel Corleone 03/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Choreography, songs and wardrobe was entertaining. Lack of character development and certain scenes hampered it. It was baffling how one loves the person who murders your brother, physical abuse of a Puertorican girl and when agreed fisticuffs turned into a knife fight. There are eternal and popular songs from the picture though it was laughable to see how certain dark situations the figures had the audacity to still sing about it. Themes of love, troubled youth and being cool in a gang were exemplified. West Side Story may have its colorful moments, but for this reviewer the film as a whole was for adequate viewing.

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Rising Star

08/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

West Side Story; The Classic That Never Grows Old

West Side Story, to me, is the classic that never grows old. It's my all time favorite movie, hands down, and, whether I watch it on television, or on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre with the lights down low, it always feels fresh and new to me, and like I'm seeing it for the first time.

Unlike many other classics, even the other ones that I've liked well enough to see more than once and have become somewhat frayed around the edges despite being likeable, West Side Story still shines brightly 50 years later. The brilliant Bernstein musical score, the beautifully-choreographed dancing by the late Jerome Robbins, the wonderful cast (except Richard Beymer is somewhat weak and lacklustre as Tony), as well as the richly colored costumes and photography, and the very st...

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05/14/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Should've Focused More on the Social Themes

“West Side Story” is pretty much an updated version of “Romeo and Juliet.” Instead of Montagues vs. Capulets, it’s the Sharks vs. the Jets, Puerto Rican immigrants and second generation Americans, respectively. I’m not very interested in musicals but I had to see this one because it’s considered a classic. Although I was pleasantly surprised with how well-made it was, I was also disappointed because it’s not very consistent in its quality. After it delivers one great scene, a pointless and aimless scene comes right after it, which balances out into mediocrity. Although the songs are memorable and some even made it to the modern media consciousness, there were some musicals numbers that tried to do too much. For instance, in one shot the characters are singing in a dimly-lit backdrop; the ...

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11/11/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - West Side Story (1961)

In a musical modernization of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) are two teenagers associated with rival gangs in the streets of New York City. While the hatred between rivals grows, so does the love between Tony and Maria in the Best Picture winning film, "West Side Story."

I have always thought Romeo and Juliet was easily Shakespeare's best work, and because of this I expect it to get the respect it deserves. West Side Story gives this respect. The story plays out just as it does in its source material, but in a modernized manner that really works. Everything plays together very believably in today's (or at least that of the 1960s) society.

The acting is great and the music is fantastic. The only problem I have with the film is the danci...

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West Side Story, imo, is a film that I never get tired of watching over and over again, whether it be on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low, or on television.  Many people with elaborate, expensive home-theatre systems claim, however, that the experience of watching a great classic film such as West Side Story on such an elaborate home entertainment system is just like seeing it in a real movie theatre.  I could not disagree more with that opinion.  West Side Story cries to be viewed on  a great big, wide movie theatre screen, with the lights down low, and a whole bunch of other people to share the experience with, whether one knows them or not.  Since West Side Story is  my all time favorite movie, and my friends and family, etc., aren't nearly as into it as I am, I mostly go solo to screenings of this great classic, and watch it solo, on TV, also.  Yet, I also admit that attending the film with other people can also heighten and enrich the whole experience of seeing West Side Story even further.  West Side Story sends sort of a dual message;  The destructive consequences of hatred and prejudice, and the senseless of the resulting gang violence.  Yet, West Side Story also provides a ray of hope at the end;  that reconciliation between people, as difficult as it often can be, is possible.  
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