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West Side Story

1961 - NR - 2:33
MGM/UA Home Video
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Natalie Wood
Richard Beymer
Russ Tamblyn
Rita Moreno
George Chakiris

Winner of ten Academy Awards, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against the backdrop of gang warfare in the slums of New York in the late 1950's. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's unforgettable score ("Maria," "In America," "Tonight") and Jerome Robbins' exuberant choreography are woven with a mix of realism and fantasy to capture the tale with heart-breaking richness.
Natalie Wood plays Maria, whose first taste of love is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - one Anglo, one Puerto Rican. Along with Richard Beymer as her devoted lover, the gifted yound cast also features Rita Moreno and George Chakiris - both of whom won Oscars for their supporting roles.
West Side Story clearly set a standard that remains to this day unsurpassed in movie musicals.

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