West Side Story (1961)

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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

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Trivia

Riff and Tony repeat an oath of loyalty to each other: Riff says "womb to tomb" and Tony answers "birth to earth." On stage Tony's original answer was "sperm to worm," but this was changed for the movie because it was beyond the censorship standards of the time.


Quotes

Riff: Come on.
Riff: Beat it.


Goofs

After the war council, Schrank says that he rebuked the Jets the same day. That means that all events before the war council were on that day too. The dance started at 10 PM, and that leaves very little time for America, the balcony scene and the war council.


Crazy Credits

The credits at the end of the movie appear as graffiti on street signs.


Alternate Versions

The Special Limited Edition DVD released by MGM in 2003 restores an intermission that was intended to be included in the original roadshow version but was subsequently dropped in order to create what the filmmakers termed a "rising tension" in the story. The intermission sequence was supposed to have taken place right before the song 'I Feel Pretty' and brings the film's total running time to more than 152 minutes. This break was used, however, for the film's first television showing in 1972 on NBC. It was broadcast in two installments, one each on separate nights, the first part ending at the break, and the second part beginning at the "I Feel Pretty" sequence.


Soundtracks

Maria
(1957) (uncredited) (1957) (uncredited)
Music by
Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Richard Beymer (dubbed by Jimmy Bryant)
Later Danced by Natalie Wood

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Musical | Romance

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