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West Side Story

West Side Story

DVD - 2012
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The greatest story ever told in the most acclaimed musical of all time! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story in this 50th Anniversary Edition! This electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios, [2012]
Edition: Fiftieth anniversary edition.
Call Number: DVD WES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (153 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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Bib Control Number: 713743


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Musical Romeo and Juliet

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Dec 31, 2020

My favourite part of this movie was definitely the first part (like the first half-hour) where the gangs are rhythmically snapping and dance-fighting and elegantly galloping through the streets. I always love unconventional things like that. The movie mostly follows a Romeo and Juliet type plot, and I liked both of the characters there, but it did feel pretty rushed and unrealistic (as any Romeo and Juliet plot will.) The characters were sometimes surprising in their actions; I felt like I could see that they were genuinely good people, but then they’d do something terrible and I’d be reminded that they were in a gang. The two sides kind of clashed in the characters and slightly confused me. I did enjoy the movie though, and I liked mostly everything about it, except that I’d wish for more snapping and more dancing throughout the movie (it was really concentrated at the beginning and didn’t really carry through.) 4/5 stars
@aCardboardBox of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

🎬 New York wishes they could have juvenile delinquents like these.

Dec 26, 2019

I rarely watch movies more than once, but "West Side Story" is now an annual tradition at my home.
I love the movie, the story, the music, and cannot wait for the remake in Dec. 2020.

Sep 23, 2019

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "There's a place for us.... A time and a place for us."

You know, every time I watch "West Side Story" I always end up getting a little teary-eyed. I can't help it. With all of the hatred and anger that's going on around them, it's the sad tragedy that befalls the two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, that tugs so deeply on my emotions and starts the tears to falling.

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "Someday - We'll find a new way of living - We'll find there's a way of forgiving - Someday."

"West Side Story" is an emotionally-charged tale of young-adult angst, bitter racism, and ill-fated love, all played out so brilliantly on the backstreets, and in the alleyways, of New York City. I've yet to see another Musical of this one's beauty, scope, and heart-rending greatness. "West Side Story" stands tall, in a league all of its own.

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "Hold my hand and we're half way there.... Hold my hand and I'll take you there."

Sep 07, 2019

Yep. 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.

Aug 18, 2019

It is 153 minutes long. It is too violent for young kids. Made in 1961. The dancing is good. The jazz music is well done. It is Romeo and Julliet done in modern English using Tony and Maria as the names instead. It has very little dialogue and lots of dancing. It is in New York. The greatest story ever told in the most acclaimed musical of all time! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story in this 50th Anniversary Edition! This electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Three people die from violence in this story. Two lovers are kept apart because of a gang feud. The ending is very sad. The story has a lesson: co-operate with each other, work together in harmony, share with others, show love not hate, hugs not war.

May 25, 2019

Hello, darlings! - "West Side Story" is one of my fave musicals from yesteryear. I like a lot of the songs and some of the choreography is super-duper. And, on top of that - The film's story-line is quite riveting at times, too.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 12, 2019

I have always loved older musical films, and this is no exception - amazing vocal & dance numbers, and a wonderful re-telling of Romeo & Juliet.

Nov 19, 2018

I never found the snapping intimidating in parodies; just came off as stupid and pretentious. Here in the source material, I was actually intimidated. Go figure. Choreography was top notch, songs were catchy and fun, and the message and acting were very good. The only things I did not like, was Marni Nixon's dubbing, (Once you watch My Fair Lady w/ Audrey Hepburn all your life, it's unnerving to hear Eliza Doolittle's singing come out of Natalie Wood's mouth) and the fact that the gangs actually agree where to fight. WHY NOT FIGHT THERE? Overall, better than La La Land.

Aug 20, 2018

Can't be topped for musical and dancing performance of the Bernstein score and Jerome Robbins choreography. The over all dramatic effect if a bit off center, RIchard Beymer barely making it under the wire and Natalie Wood radiant but a bit to vanilla to carry it off. However, George Chakiris deserved the Oscar from the second he begins to move and Rita Moreno while moving in "America".
Spielberg is working on his version along with Tony Kushner. That makes me nervous.

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Jul 18, 2012

"Cool Daddy-O!"
Classic :)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: Ten.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: What time?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

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.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: Well end your suffering little man. Why don't you pack up your gear and clear out of here?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: A-rab, I'm gonna make nice with him! I'm only gonna challenge him!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

A-Rab: But the gym's neutral territory

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: He'll be at the dance tonight at the gym

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Gee-tar: Where you gonna find Bernardo?

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

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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