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West Side Story

5

The most edgy musical out there comes back for a cinematic re-release

West Side Story review

Jimmy Bryant and Marni Nixon are the unsung heroes of this 1961 favourite; it’s their voices that emerge from Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood’s mouths whenever they warble Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s timeless tunes.

They were in good company: Shakespeare went equally uncredited for the plot to this Romeo And Juliet tale, set in a New York where gang tensions boil over in dance battles and knife scraps.

Thrillingly shot, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s volatile collaboration won 10 Oscars, more than any musical before or since. Not seen it? Time you did.

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    • mplo42

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:01

      4

      West Side Story is my all time favorite movie...hands down! It's such a delight to have this film back on the great big, wide screen, in movie theatres, even though it be for a brief time!

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    • mplo42

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:02

      5

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    • mplo42

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:03

      5

      Please note: My real rating of West Side Story (the movie) is five stars!

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    • MikeyRix

      Sep 13th 2011, 15:42

      4

      Wonderful film, has great memories of studying musicals back in school for my GCSE. One of the few parts of school that actually stayed with me.

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    • FBJMurdoch

      Oct 31st 2011, 15:19

      I love this film. It may be fifty years old, but it beats a lot of more modern movie musicals hands down. Brilliant. Original. Pacy. I have it on DVD and constantly watch it, or watch scenes from it. It has an incredible influence on what followed.

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