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West Side Story

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
West Side Story


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This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks' leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.
Statement of Responsibility: Mirisch Pictures presents a Robert Wise production in association with Seven Arts Productions, Inc. ; screenplay writer, Ernest Lehman ; directors, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Title: West Side story
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, MGM Home Entertainment,, [2003], c1961
Edition: Collectors set, Special ed. widescreen version (2.201 16x9)
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (152 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 collectible scrapbook.
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Report This Jan 27, 2014
  • rtoe77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best Picture of 1961 -- one of only a few musicals to ever win. This Blu-Ray disc is beautiful---shows the Chagall-like intense use of colour perfectly. The songs and dancing are always a treat, and, unfortunately, the anti-violence theme is still relevant. Enjoy!

Report This Feb 09, 2013
  • alzenailie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

West Side Story is phenomenal. I cried so much, but the film is so well-produced! The dancing, the singing, everything! I highly recommend it for those who love musicals and romantic films.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I give 5/5 stars and loved every bit of it! It doesn't even feel like the movie is 2 hours and 32 minutes long.

Report This Nov 10, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though I'm not a big fan of this particular genre of film, I found West Side Story to be so impressively produced that it somehow transcended far beyond being just a mere Musical._____ West Side Story is literally bursting at the seams and filled to capacity with vivid imagery. This highly-energized film clearly captures the vibrant atmosphere of the late 1950s, where rival youth gangs get their prejudiced, little noses out of joint and prepare to rumble in the streets of NYC._____ With its memorable music and songs, dazzling choreography, striking sets, and superb direction by Robert Wise, West Side Story is truly a triumph on every level._____ A magnificent achievement, this film set a whole new standard (back in 1961) for modern-day movie Musicals.

Report This Nov 07, 2012
  • ostwald rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I saw the start of the movie and I didnot like it I saw other musical movies that were better this is not for children to watch

A CLAZIQ DAT NEVA GETZ OLD,ITZ TIMELEZ,ITZ LIK WAT THEY SAY IN DA TRAILER,WEST SIDE STORY GROWS YOUNGER.............

Report This Nov 03, 2012
  • mamiuno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

hun i agree wat they say,unlik other claziq wss growz younger...........luv it,grate muziq n grate actin.......

Report This Jun 26, 2012
  • blackwalnut rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I watched West Side Story at the same time I was in the middle of Bernstein's biography, which raised my appreciation of the genius of Bernstein's score.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i luv it luv it luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! excellent to watch and very fantastic plot!!!!!!!! it's heartwarming and enjoyable to pple who is interested in drama and life!!!!!!!!!!! i recommend this to you very beautiful and very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report This Jun 13, 2012
  • eve373 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'd never completely watched this whole movie, but was always familiar with many of its songs. The whole time I was thinking about what it would look like if it were remade -- but then I remembered that it already has! SEE Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet.

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Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The film opens in the streets of Manhattan in the late summer of 1957. There is a mounting tension set to music ("Prologue") between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff Lorton (Russ Tamblyn), and a rival gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo Nunez (George Chakiris). The Jets harass the Sharks and vice versa, culminating in a free-for-all throughout the streets. Eventually, the Sharks catch the youngest member of the Jets, Baby John (Eliot Feld) on the playground. As they begin to "bloody" him, all the other Jets and Sharks rush in and start brawling. Soon, Lieutenant Schrank (Simon Oakland) and Officer Krupke (William Bramley[1]) arrive and break up the melee. Schrank orders the Sharks off the playground and the Jets "to make nice with them Puerto Ricans" or there'll be a price to pay. Once Schrank and Krupke are gone, the Jets discuss challenging the Sharks to an all out rumble that will decide who gets control of the streets. They decide to deliver the challenge to the Sharks at a dance later that night, because it is neutral territory. Riff also explains to the Jets that they have seen other gangs (the Emeralds and the Hawks) come and go, but the Jet members state that the Sharks are different compared to the other gangs. However Riff eases the statement, that no matter the odds or the situation the Jets will always pull through.

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SHRANK: ALL RIGHT WISE GUYS. NOW LISTEN TO ME, ALL OF YOU! YOU HOODLUMS DON'T OWN THE STREETS AND I'VE HAD ALL THE ROUGHOUSE I'M GONNA PUT UP WITH AROUND HERE. YOU WANNA KILL EACH OTHER, KILL EACH OTHER BUT YOU AIN'T GOING TO DO IT ON MY BEAT. ARE THERE ANY QUESTAINS? BERNADO: YES SIR. WOULD YOU MIND TRANSLATING THAT INTO SPANISH? SHRANK: GET YOUR FRIENDS OUT OF HERE BERNADO. AND STAY OUT.... PLEASE.

SHRANK: NOW LOOK FELLAS LET'S BE RESONOBLE. IF I DON'T GET A LITTLE LAW AND ORDER AROUND HERE I GET BUSTED DOWN TO A TRAFFIC CORNER, AND YOUR FRIEND DON'T LIKE TRAFFIC CORNERS. SO THAT MEANS YOU'RE GOING TO START MAKING NICE WITH THE PR'S FROM NOW ON. I SAID NICE, GET IT? BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T AND I CATCH ANY ONE OF YOU DOING ANY MORE BRAWLING IN MY TERRITORY I'M GOING TO PERSONALLY BEAT THE LIVING CRUD OUT OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND SEE THAT YOU GO TO THE CAN AND RUT THERE.

ANITA: I'VE GOT A MESSAGE FOR YOUR AMERICAN BUDDY. YOU TELL THAT MURDERER MARIA IS NEVER GOING TO MEET HIM. YOU TELL HIM THAT CHINO FOUND OUT ABOUT THEM AND SHOT HER! SHE'S DEAD

ANITA: BERNARDO WAS RIGHT. IF ONE OF YOU WAS LYING ON THE STREETS BLEEDING I'D WALK BY AND SPIT ON YOU!

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Cool Daddy-O!" Classic :)

Report This Nov 10, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hold my hand and we're half way there..... Hold my hand and I'll take you there."

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Riff: Ten.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tony: What time?

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Riff: Look, Tony, I've never asked the time of day from a clock but I'm asking you, come to the dance tonight. I already told the gang you'd be there. If you don't show I'll be marked lousy.

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Report This Jul 13, 2009
  • DanniOcean rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

trailer, West Side Story (1961)

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