West Side Story

Seven Arts Productions Released 1961


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Jerome Robbins , Robert Wise
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West Side Story is a 1961 musical about a young man and woman who fall in love with each other despite their respective allegiances to rival gangs. West Side Story is closely based on the classic play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. The Jets, an all-white gang, and the Sharks, an all-Puerto Rican gang, are staging a turf fight for control of their New York City neighborhood. Tony is the best friend of Riff, the leader of the Jets. One day, he meets a young woman named Maria, sister of the leader of the Sharks, Bernardo. Despite their different backgrounds, Tony and Maria are instantly smitten with each other and quickly become romantically involved. This new relationship angers both Riff and Bernardo, who see Tony and Maria's love for each other as a betrayal. As a huge turf war looms, Tony and Maria must choose between their love for each other and the loyalty they owe to their own people.moreless


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  • 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    West Side Story is a magnificent show, a milestone in movie musicals, a box-office smash. It is so good that superlatives are superfluous. Let it be noted that the film musical, th...

  • 100


    The movie is filled with great music, original choreography, and memorable songs. Along with a story that's a great update of Romeo & Juliet, it's really no surprise that the film ...

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    West Side Story remains a landmark of musical history. But if the drama had been as edgy as the choreography, if the lead performances had matched Moreno's fierce concentration, if...

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Arts, Drama, Music


Love & Romance, Musicals, stockholm sweden