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2,643 Ratings

West Side Story

United States, 1961
Musical, Romance


Maria and Tony find themselves on opposite sides of a New York City gang war in a musical reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.

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West Side Story Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1962 | 10 wins including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1962 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

National Film Preservation Board

1997 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

The mirrors held up to Americans have often been fractured and one-dimensional, and perhaps with the exception of the Great American Novel, Huckleberry Finn, no work of art has broken through as a wide-ranging reflection not only of who we want to be, but also of who we really are. So it may be a bold declaration to make, but if I had to pick the one work that has been and will continue to be the greatest telling of the Great American Story, it would be West Side Story.
July 26, 2016
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From its very first moments, West Side Story offers us a sweeping vision that quickly segues into the intimate… Directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (who translated his original stage choreography to the screen) fill their 70mm frame with ecstatic movement, operatic emotion, and brilliant color: it’s a dazzling Hollywood spectacle yet it still retains a remarkable delicacy and texture.
August 20, 2015
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Throw in Bernstein’s majestic pseudo-jazz score, Robbins’ defiantly balletic choreography, Wise’s robust New York location work, and the professional debut of the greatest lyricist the world will likely ever know, and it’s hard to go too far wrong. However, the show does suffer from the same problem that afflicts almost every Broadway musical: it’s massively frontloaded…
April 12, 2012
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