West Side Story

West Side Story
Musical
, CrimeDrama
1961

Director: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley, Tucker Smith, Tony Mordente, David Winters, Eliot Feld, Bert Michaels, David Bean, Robert Banas, Yvonne Wilder, Gus Trikonis

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Chakiris); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rita Moreno); Best Director (Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise); Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, & Irwin Kostal)

Also Nominated For: Best Adapted Screenplay (Ernest Lehman)

I First Saw In: c. 2010

Synopsis: Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Quotables: RIFF: Boy, am I a victim of disappointment in you.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Yet another musical that I first watched when I didn’t appreciate musicals. I still think the opening dance number is a little much, but I can certainly now appreciate the movie. The standout performances of the film come from George Chakiris and Rita Moreno, both of whom won Oscars for in the supporting category. The most memorable scene, at least for me, is the very end, when Maria confronts both the Sharks and the Jets condemning them all for killing her brother and Tony.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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