West Side Story 1961 PG 145min Colour
Leonard Bernstein's reworking of Romeo and Juliet replaces inter-family squabbles with a turf war between rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in 1950s New York. The dramatic sequences hardly do justice to Shakespeare, but the songs and the exuberant dance numbers are all first-rate and deservedly win it a place among the best. Natalie Wood stars as Maria. The film won a remarkable ten Oscars; Singin' in the Rain won none. Go figure.
Did you know? The producers feared intimidation from local street gangs, but the only trouble came from very young children, who regularly threw stones at the cast
Say it again! "I feel pretty. Oh, so pretty... I feel pretty and witty and bright!" Maria
Oscars Best Picture; Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise - Directing; George Chakiris - Supporting Actor; Rita Moreno - Supporting Actress
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