Paramount at the Movies Presents: West Side Story [G]
Movies | 11/18/2018 | 2:00PM
West Side Story (1961) was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. 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. Boasting music by the legendary Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. 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.
Winner of 10 Academy Awards (the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical)
- Best Picture
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Rita Moreno
- Best Director – Robert Wise
- Best Cinematography, Color – Daniel L. Fapp
- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color – Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin
- Best Costume Design, Color – Irene Sharaff
- Best Sound – Fred Hynes, Gordon Sawyer
- Best Film Editing – Thomas Stanford
- Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture – Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
- Academy Award for Brilliant Achievements in the Art of Choreography on Film – Jerome Robbins (special award)
Did you know?
- With its win of 10 Academy Awards, this became the biggest Oscar-winning musical of all time, beating the record Gigi (1958) set three years before with its nine Oscars.
- The actors in the rival gangs were instructed to play pranks on each other off the set to keep tensions high.
- Robert Wise’s original choice to play Tony was Elvis Presley.