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West Side Story

USA, English, 152 mins

  • Director: Jerome Robbins; Robert Wise
  • Writer: Ernest Lehman; Arthur Laurents
  • Producer: Saul Chaplin; Robert Wise

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What more can be said...possibly, the greatest musical ever made...and it's over 50 years old.

Wow!


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The(ir) Blurb...

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". 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 Sharks 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.

Cast & Characters

Natalie Wood as Maria;
Richard Beymer as Tony;
Russ Tamblyn as Riff;
Rita Moreno as Anita;
George Chakiris as Bernardo;
Simon Oakland as Schrank;
Ned Glass as Doc;
William Bramley as Krupke;
Tucker Smith as Ice;
Tony Mordente as Action;
David Winters as A-rab;
Eliot Feld as Baby John;
Bert Michaels as Snowboy;
David Bean as Tiger;
Robert Banas as Joyboy

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