1961 in film

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The year 1961 in film involved some significant events, with West Side Story winning 10 Academy Awards.

Top-grossing films (US)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. West Side Story United Artists $43,656,822[1]
2. The Guns of Navarone Columbia $28,900,000[2]
3. El Cid Allied Artists $26,600,000[3]
4. The Absent-Minded Professor Disney $25,381,407[4]
5. The Parent Trap $25,150,385[5]
6. La Dolce Vita Koch-Lorber Films $19,516,000
7. Lover Come Back Universal $16,937,969[6]
8. King of Kings MGM $14,483,352[7]
9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians Disney $14,000,000[8]
10. Splendor in the Grass Warner Bros. $11,426,000

Top-grossing films by country[edit]

The highest-grossing 1961 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Gunga Jumna Mehboob Studio $14,610,000[n 2]
Soviet Union Striped Trip Lenfilm[11] $12,720,000[n 3]

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 19th Golden Globe Awards
March 5, 1962
34th Academy Awards
April 9, 1962
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film The Guns of Navarone A Majority of One (Comedy)
West Side Story (Musical)
West Side Story
Best Director Stanley Kramer
Judgment at Nuremberg
Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
West Side Story
Best Actor Maximilian Schell
Judgment at Nuremberg
Glenn Ford
Pocketful of Miracles
Maximilian Schell
Judgment at Nuremberg
Best Actress Geraldine Page
Summer and Smoke
Rosalind Russell
A Majority of One
Sophia Loren
Two Women
Best Supporting Actor George Chakiris
West Side Story
Best Supporting Actress Rita Moreno
West Side Story
Best Original Score Dimitri Tiomkin
The Guns of Navarone
Henry Mancini
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Drama or Comedy)
Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
West Side Story (Musical)
Best Original Song "Town Without Pity"
Town Without Pity
"Moon River"
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Best Foreign Language Film Two Women Through a Glass Darkly

Notable films released in 1961[edit]

US unless stated

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

Y

Short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Film debuts[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 4.79 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1948 to 1966[10]
  2. ^ 7 crore[9] (US$14.61 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 11.45 million Soviet rubles (45.8 million tickets sold,[12] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[13] 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Information for West Side Story. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Box Office Information for |The Guns of Navarone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Box Office Information for El Cid. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Box Office Information for The Parent Trap. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Box Office Information for Lover Come Back. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Box Office Information for King of Kings. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Box Office Information for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Box Office 1961". Box Office India. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  10. ^ "Rupee's journey since Independence: Down by 65 times against dollar", The Economic Times, 24 August 2013
  11. ^ Striped Trip on IMDb
  12. ^ Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Отечественные фильмы в советском кинопрокате".
  13. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  14. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls