West Side Story

1961 NR 2h 31m 7.6

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs--the white Jets led by Riff and the Latino Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway--whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.

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Info about West Side Story

Studio(s): Seven Arts Productions, The Mirisch Company

Originally Released: United States on Dec 13, 1961

Box Office Gross: $2,864,211.00

Budget: $6,000,000.00

Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance