WEST SIDE STORY (1961 U.S.) D/P ROBERT WISE D: JEROME ROBBINS W: ERNEST LEHMAN
Even if you hate musicals, you should check out this juvenile delinquent epic (based on the 1957 Broadway play) to see Russ Tamblyn as the leader of the Jets gang, who rumble with the Puerto Rican Sharks. Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood (with Marni Nixon`s singing voice) are the Romeo and Juliet-style star-crossed lovers caught up in the conflict. Simon Oakland is great as a racist cop, and John Astin pops-up for a fun bit part too. It has great location work, won 10 Oscars and was more influential than you might think. With Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Gus Trikonis, David Winters and Ned Glass.

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