Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
Riff: Beat it.
There are several instances of gang members (most notably the Jets) mouthing the wrong words during the songs.
There are no opening credits; a red tinted aerial still of Manhattan with the title is shown as the overture plays. As the overture ends, the red tint is removed and the shot segues to aerial photography of Manhattan streets and landmarks.
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