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West Side Story

Released 1961
Distributor United Artists

When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet! Ten Academy Awards went to Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ enduringly popular screen version of the Romeo & Juliet-derived Broadway smash. New York City delayed the razing of several blocks in West Manhattan to provide tenement backgrounds for dance numbers. That area is now Lincoln Center. John Astin makes his film debut as Glad Hand the social worker. And here’s another view from Joe Baltake.

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About John Badham

John Badham, is the director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Stakeout, Short Circuit and Point of No Return, among others, as well as the TV series, Nikita, Heroes, Psych, The Shield and Criminal Minds. A Professor of Media Arts at Chapman University, his book “I’ll Be In My Trailer” has become the go-to source on directors working with Actors.   September 2013 will see the publication of his new book “John Badham on Directing”.

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