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West Side Story

27 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by Jerome Robbins

   The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Stephen Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances (a successful run for the … see full wiki

Director: Robert Wise
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Release Date: 1961, October 18, 1961
MPAA Rating: Unrated
3 reviews about West Side Story
review by . May 02, 2011
In my opinion, the film version of West Side Story is and will always be the best retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Surprisingly, this means telling the story is best done with songs and modern language. Those who don't like musicals will be instantly put off by this movie, but those who do like musicals will be very pleased with this one because it is definitley one of the best movie musicals ever made, mostly due to its brilliant choreography, great songs/singing, and its timeless …
review by . December 09, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I first saw this movie at age of 12 and it is just as powerful now as it was nearly 19 years ago. Bernstein's and Sondheim's score is brilliant, Robbins' choreography is superb, and Rita Moreno's performance in a supporting role is still etched in my mind. The mambo number is an explosion of color and movement, and I still find myself humming "I feel pretty." Natalie Wood shines as Maria, even though we were spared her natural singing voice.  The quality of the music and lyrics blends …
review by . June 27, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Beginning to end A+     Cons: the ending :(     This loose interpretation of Romeo and Juliet was adapted to the stage almost 50 years ago and is probably one of the most recognized musicals around. To this day it remains one of the most popular productions for school drama classes, it still tours in off Broadway productions and most songs, when played are immediately recognized by all ages.      Although pricey when released on screen, …
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