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Release Date: October 18th, 1961

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 31 min

Plot Summary
A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang members falls in love with a rival's sister.

Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley

Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Genres: Musical

Production Co: United Artists, Beta Productions, Mirisch Films

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Forbidden love, 1950s, New York City, Rivalry, Emotional, Melodramatic, Love interest, Police officer


Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)
Winner Picture - Musical
Winner Film Editing
Winner Sound
Winner Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Winner Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Costume Design (Color)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Motion Picture
Winner Art Direction (Color)