West Side Story (1961)
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Ranked #458 out of 970 in DVD

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April 19, 2015


I've watched this in high school and enjoyed this movie even though it movie is older than I am. It's about people in gangs that fight and decide to have a dance competition but one of the guys in the gang falls in love with a girl that's from the other gang's side.

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April 12, 2015


Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood's character. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool". The story is based on two people who meet and fall in love but are separated because they come from different groups that don't like each other.

A beautiful movie with a star studded cast of talented young actors who give an amazing performance. Life can be hard when you fall in love with someone who from another nationality. This young couple is finding the hard way what a challenge it can be and the consequences of trying to remain together. Went on to be a popular musical.



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