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Back On The Big Screen In The UK


WEST SIDE STORY will back on the big screen from 16 September, in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

In an all-new restoration from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios, WEST SIDE STORY will once again be back on the big screen for audiences to enjoy this Autumn.

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New British quad poster created for the reissue

This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York.

WEST SIDE STORY explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs - white working class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharks’ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill. Illustrating the events are many memorable song and dance numbers such as ‘America’, ‘Somewhere’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’.

Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961.

WEST SIDE STORY was the first of three musicals that acclaimed filmmaker Robert Wise directed in the large format Panavision 70 and Todd-AO processes. It was also the first to team him with legendary MGM musical arranger and producer Saul Chaplin. Along with others from the WEST SIDE STORY team, they would go on to make the 1965 hit The Sound Of Music and 1968 Star.

WEST SIDE STORY will be back in cinemas from Friday 16 September, opening at BFI Southbank, London and key cities.

USA 1961, 151 minutes, BBFC Certificate: TBC
Tags: 1961 film, 1961-2011 anniversary celebration
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