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West Side Story Movie Basics

Year of Release: 1961
Running Time: 2 hrs. 31 min.
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: Ernest Lehman
Producers: Robert Wise
Studio: United Artists

West Side Story Synopsis

Loosely based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this movie adaptation of Leornard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as two young lovers caught between warring New York City youth gangs.

West Side Story Cast

Natalie Wood - Maria
Richard Beymer - Tony
Russ Tamblyn - Riff
Rita Moreno - Anita
George Chakiris - Bernardo

West Side Story Awards and Nominations

1961 Academy Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Director (Win)
Best Supporting Actress - Rita Moreno (Win)
Best Supporting Actor - George Chakiris (Win)
Best Cinematography (Win)
Best Costume Design (Win)
Best Editing (Win)
Best Score (Win)
Best Sound (Win)

Best Adapted Screenplay (Nom)

1962 Golden Globe Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Supporting Actor - George Chakiris (Win)
Best Supporting Actress - Rita Moreno (Win)

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