/west side story

1961 PG 140 mins
directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

"It's impossible to begrudge the vertiginous energy and feeling that make this one of the great American musicals, and one radically told through dance."

Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph (UK)

Rotten Tomatoes
Featured review by Bosley Crowther - New York Times 1961
We also highly recommend the late Roger Ebert's Review in The Chicago Times.
Distributor:  Park Circus

NB:  This film will begin at 6.30 in Cinema 1 and 6.40 in Cinema 2

/star box score - 3.99

5 votes - 90

4 votes - 99

3 votes - 51

2 votes - 13

1 vote    -   5

Total votes - 258


Natalie Wood - Maria

Richard Beymer - Tony

Russ Tamblyn - Riff

Rita Moreno - Anita

George Chakiris - Bernardo

Simon Oakland - Schrank

Ned Glass - Doc

William Bramley - Krupke

Tucker Smith - Ice


Directors - Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Screenplay - Ernest Lehman, adapted from the plays by Jerome Robbins and William Shakespeare and the book by Arthur Laurents

Producer - Robert Wise

Associate producer - Saul Chaplin

Executive producer - Walter Mirisch

Music - Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal

Lyrics - Stephen Sondheim

Choreography - Jerome Robbins

Cinematography - Daniel L. Fapp

Film editing - Thomas Stanford

Production design - Boris Leven

Costume design - Irene Sharaff

Filmed on location in New York in the Church of St. John the Apostle, Columbus Avenue, West 68th Street and 110 Street.

Jerome Robbins went on to become a dancer and celebrated choreographer, earning raves for his ballet debut piece “Fancy Free.” He eventually served as director and/or choreographer on a number of musicals destined to become classics, including The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof. Robbins won an Oscar for his directorial efforts on the film version of West Side Story, and later focused on creating ballets for the stage. He died on July 29, 1998.

/Robert Wise


born 1914 Winchester Indiana

died 2005 Los Angeles

"You can’t tell any kind of a story without having some kind of a theme, something to say between the lines.”

Robert Wise grew up poor, so poor that in the Great Depression he had to cut short a college education through lack of funds.  And so he moved to Hollywood where his older brother worked at RKO.  His brother found him a lowly job there.  After a period of odd jobs he moved into editing and amongst other films, edited Citizen Kane.  A few years later he moved into directing, initially into B movies and later into just about every genre.  His films include The Sound of Music, The Sand Pebbles, Run Silent, Run Deep and The Andromeda Strain.  He was well known for attention to detail with his main aim to connect with his audience.

A complete filmography can be found on IMDB