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West Side Story (DVD)

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Description

Westside story is the award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliette. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Skarks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805083791
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 2009
Edition
Single Disc
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Musicals
Region
Region 2
Year
1961
Language
English
Studio
MGM
Runtime
146 min
Age Restriction
A
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
West Side Story
Release Year
1961
Running Time
153 min
Language
English
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Musicals / Classic / Essential Cinema / Gangs / Love Story / Recommended / Stage Play / Theatrical Release / Tragedy
Synopsis
Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.
Notes
WEST SIDE STORY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
Cast & Crew
Director
Jerome Robbins / Robert Wise
Star
Richard Beymer / George Chakiris / Eliot Feld / Tony Mordente / Rita Moreno / Simon Oakland / Russ Tamblyn / Natalie Wood
Screenwriter
Ernest Lehman
Composer
Leonard Bernstein / Johnny Green
Producer
Robert Wise
Director of Photography
Daniel L. Fapp
Editor
Thomas Stanford
Production Designer
Boris Leven
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"..Incredibly cool..."
Scott Brown (4 Apr 2003, p.83)
Total Film
"...You'd be a fool not to buy it and once more savour the muscular song-and-dance numbers..."
Total Film Staff (1 Jul 2003, p.134)
Uncut
"[E]very Bernstein song's a humdinger with sizzling Sondheim lyrical gags. Cosily cool."
Chris Roberts (1 Dec 2003, p.160)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1961
Best Director
Winner: 1961 - Jerome Robbins
Best Director
Winner: 1961 - Robert Wise
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1961 - Saul Chaplin
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1961 - Johnny Green
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1961 - Irwin Kostal
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1961 - Sid Ramin
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Winner: 1961
Best Costume Design (Color)
Winner: 1961
Best Film Editing
Winner: 1961
Best Sound
Winner: 1961
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: 1961 - George Chakiris
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: 1961 - Rita Moreno
Honorary Awards
Winner: 1961