West Side Story (1961)
Director: Robert Wise Run Time: 151 min. Release Year: 1961
Starring: David Winters, George Chakiris, Natalie Wood, Ned Glass, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Simon Oakland, Tony Mordente, William Bramley
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
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About the film:
Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor for George Chakiris, and Supporting Actress for Latina icon Rita Moreno, this classic musical film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York.
In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to “own” the neighborhood streets. When Jets member Tony falls for Maria, the sister of the Sharks leader, tensions rise between the two warring gangs.