About

In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

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Written by

Jerome Robbins (Screenplay)
Arthur Laurents (Screenplay)
Ernest Lehman (Screenplay)
Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)

Runtime

152 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The screen achieves one of the great entertainments in the history of motion pictures.

Cast

Keywords

rivalry based on play or musical puerto rico love at first sight forbidden love slum immigrant attempted rape policeman interracial relationship street gang highway young love showdown obsessive love shakespeare in modern dress feud modern day adaptation lifting female in air

Photos

Lists

#318 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#51 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#3 on AFI's 100 years...100 passions AFI

Awards

Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color Daniel L. Fapp

Oscar for Best Director Robert Wise

Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture