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Still shot from the movie: West Side Story.

West Side Story

A young couple falls in love despite the fact they have ties to opposing gangs who are fighting for the same piece of New York's west side. This modernized (and musical) version of Romeo and Juliet won numerous awards. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 152
Theater Release: 23 Dec 1961
Video Release: 15 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The Puerto Ricans quip, “Life is alright in America, if you’re all white in America.” Why do you think they feel this way? Can anything be done to change racial prejudice?

In the lyrics of a song, Maria defends her feelings for Tony by claiming, “When love comes so strong, there is no right or wrong.” Do you agree that logic cannot govern the affairs of the heart? Some of the gang members use a similar argument to justify their hate. What price did they pay for this excuse?

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