West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Released on October 18, 1961 through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States.
The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.
It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. On the West Side in the summer of 1957, there is tension between the Jets (led by Riff) and the Sharks, led by Bernardo.
Despite the warning, the Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble for neighborhood control.
Riff decides that his best friend, Tony (co-founder of the Jets) should fight ("Jet Song").
He invites him to a dance, but Tony is uninterested and tells Riff that he senses something important will happen ("Something's Coming").
Eventually, Tony agrees to come out of loyalty to Riff.
Bernardo's younger sister, Maria, tells her best friend Anita how excited she is about the dance.
The gangs and girls refuse to intermingle at the dance ("Dance at the Gym"), despite attempts by a social worker.Tony arrives, he and Maria fall in love, and Bernardo tells him to stay away from her.Riff proposes a war council with Bernardo at Doc's drugstore, and Tony leaves the dance thinking about his new love ("Maria").Anita tells Bernardo that he is overprotective of Maria, and they join the rest of the Sharks on the roof of their apartment building to compare Puerto Rico to the United States ("America"). Tony visits Maria on her fire escape, and they reaffirm their love ("Tonight").The Jets wait for the Sharks outside Doc's drugstore and are visited by Krupke, who warns them not to cause trouble. They agree to a showdown the following evening under the highway, with a fistfight between Bernardo and Ice. The next day at the bridal shop, Maria tells her friends how wonderful it is to be in love ("I Feel Pretty"). Tony arrives; Anita is shocked, and warns them of the consequences if Bernardo learns about their relationship.After he leaves, the Jets lampoon him ("Gee, Officer Krupke! Maria tells Tony that she has heard about the rumble, and makes him promise to stop it.