West Side Story

West Side Story
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Title: West Side Story

Original Title: West Side Story

Year: 2020


Release Dates

  • UK: December 18 2020
  • United States: December 18 2020


Remake of the 1961 musical 'West Side Story (directed without barriers)' directed at the time by Robert Wise and this time by Steven Spielberg and which previously comes from one of the highest grossing Broadway shows in history. Tony Kushner, who already worked with the filmmaker in 'Lincoln' and 'Munich', has been in charge of rewriting the story.

Ansel Elgort stars in this modern version of 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare and is located on the West Side of New York, a marginal neighborhood, in which two street gangs are disputed hegemony: the Sharks, a panda formed by Puerto Ricans , and the Jets, of European descent.

From the beginning the director wanted to have actors who were Latino or, at least of Latin descent, and that was what he did. The leader of the Sharks is Bernardo (David Álvarez), who lives with his sister Maria (Rachel Zegler), who has just arrived in New York. One night, in a dance, both bands coincide and a violent fight is triggered when Tony (Elgort), brother of the leader of the Jets, falls in love at first sight of Maria.

Among the other cast members are young actors such as Ariana DeBose as Anita, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Mike Faist as Riff or Ana Isabelle as Rosalía, one of María's co-workers.


  • 2022 Academy Awards (Oscars): 7 1



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Everything Comes Full Circle

The original 'West Side Story' was directed by Robert Wise, who later directed 'The Andromeda Strain', which was based on a Michael Crichton novel. Steven Spielberg actually met Crichton on the set of that film, and later adapted his novel 'Jurassic Park'.

Without John Williams

Fourth Steven Spielberg film to not feature a score written by John Williams after 'The Color Purple' (1985), 'Bridge of Spies' (2015) and 'Ready Player One' (2018).

Another Remake

This will be the second time Steven Spielberg has produced a remake of a film directed by Robert Wise. He previously produced 'The Haunting' (1999). The original film also featured 'West Side Story' cast member Russ Tamblyn.

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