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West Side Story
220px-West Side Story poster
Directed By
Robert Wise
Produced By
Robert Wise
Written By
Ernest Lehman
Cast
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer
Distributed By
United Artists
Country
US
Language
English
Release Date
1961
Runtime
152 min
Rating
Rating G
Budget
$6M
Gross
$43M

West Side Story is a 1961 musical film 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 adapted from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris and it was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp, A.S.C., in Super Panavision 70.

The film was released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists. It received praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film won ten Academy Awards in its eleven nominated categories, including Best Picture, as well as a special award for Robbins. West Side Story holds the distinction of having won more Academy Awards than any other musical film.

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