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Directed by: Robert Wise Jerome Robbins

Produced: 1961

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: PG

Length: 145 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 17 November 2003

Cat No: 15930CDVD

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Languages(s): English
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West Side Story (Special Edition)

Cast: Natalie Wood , John Astin , Russ Tamblyn , Richard Beymer , George Chakiris , Rita Moreno , Simon Oakland , Bill Bramley , Ned Glass , Tony Mordente

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Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer star in this Academy Award-winning musical drama adapted from the Broadway stage show. A neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York, provides the setting for a love affair between Tony (Beymer) and Maria (Wood), a young man and woman caught on opposite sides of a gang war. Maria is the sister of Bernardo (George Chakiris), leader of the Sharks, and Tony is the best friend of Riff (Russ Tamblyn), leader of the Jets. The two gangs are sworn enemies, and nothing Maria or Tony can say will dissuade them from the violence which leads to the film’s heartbreaking finale. The film won ten Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Score.

Is there anything Wise cannot direct?! Wonderful to look at, and even better to listen to, with full justice done to Bernsteins score, and some thrilling set pieces. As a general rule, halfway through watching this, you really ought to suddenly say "Oh..so thats where that song is from!" Such is the power and enduring humanity of this Romeo and Juliet in New York adaptation.

Dramatically, the film exceeds its source, with the tragedy driven not by blind fate and sleeping potions, as in Shakespeare, but all-too-believeable racial prejudice. Quite simply the greatest film musical ever made.

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