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 "Jets" and the "Sharks" were fictitious gang names. The actual gangs that existed there (approximately1944 to 1954) were the "Jokers" (Irish & Italian) and the "Sportsmen" (African-American). The "Sportsmen" were notorious for riding their bicycles. Most gang "rumbles" between them took place on West 67 Street, late at night, in front of St. Matthew's Church. The Police Precinct on 68 Street usually responded.
Riff: Beat it.
Riff changes position in his chair between shots when the Jets and Sharks are sitting down for the War Council.
The credits at the end of the movie appear as graffiti on street signs.
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.
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