Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
This is one of my favorite films and I have seen it an embarrassing amount of times. Rarely have I seen a musical where I adore every single song, where the actors have this much charisma, and the story moves along so nicely. I even forced my guy friend to watch it, but he couldn't get over how all the straight men were dancing so gaily. Ironically, he turned out to be gay. Huh.
This movie is pretty much Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Juliet Take New York. If you don't know the story of Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story, we have nothing more to say to each other.
A lot of people complain about the performances of Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Granted, Wood isn't exactly a convincing Puerto Rican. However, I enjoyed their musical numbers were some of my favorites in the film. Judge for yourself:
I really don't have a single negative thing to say about it. Besides being a wonderful musical, it is also an enlightening comment on immigrant life in New York. Definitely a must see.
Marni Nixon dubbed Natalie Wood's singing.
The rival gangs were encouraged to play pranks on each other behind the scenes in order to keep the rivalry real.
Won 10 Academy Awards.
My favorite sequence: