West Side Story
Based on the stage play produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince and the book by Arthur Laurents; play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Special features: Disc 1: feature film; original film intermission music (option to play with or without intermission) -- Disc 2: "West side memories" retrospective documentary containing Natalie Wood's original vocal recordings and new interviews with cast and crew including Robert Wise and Stephen Sondheim; original film intermission music; storyboard-to-film comparison; original release trailers and behind-the-scenes photos -- Collectible scrapbook includes Ernest Lehman introduction; film script; original lobby brochure reproduction; behind-the-scenes memos
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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The film opens in the streets of Manhattan in the late summer of 1957. There is a mounting tension set to music ("Prologue") between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff Lorton (Russ Tamblyn), and a rival gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo Nunez (George Chakiris). The Jets harass the Sharks and vice versa, culminating in a free-for-all throughout the streets. Eventually, the Sharks catch the youngest member of the Jets, Baby John (Eliot Feld) on the playground. As they begin to "bloody" him, all the other Jets and Sharks rush in and start brawling. Soon, Lieutenant Schrank (Simon Oakland) and Officer Krupke (William Bramley) arrive and break up the melee. Schrank orders the Sharks off the playground and the Jets "to make nice with them Puerto Ricans" or there'll be a price to pay. Once Schrank and Krupke are gone, the Jets discuss challenging the Sharks to an all out rumble that will decide who gets control of the streets. They decide to deliver the challenge to the Sharks at a dance later that night, because it is neutral territory. Riff also explains to the Jets that they have seen other gangs (the Emeralds and the Hawks) come and go, but the Jet members state that the Sharks are different compared to the other gangs. However Riff eases the statement, that no matter the odds or the situation the Jets will always pull through.
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SHRANK: ALL RIGHT WISE GUYS. NOW LISTEN TO ME, ALL OF YOU! YOU HOODLUMS DON'T OWN THE STREETS AND I'VE HAD ALL THE ROUGHOUSE I'M GONNA PUT UP WITH AROUND HERE. YOU WANNA KILL EACH OTHER, KILL EACH OTHER BUT YOU AIN'T GOING TO DO IT ON MY BEAT. ARE THERE ANY QUESTAINS? BERNADO: YES SIR. WOULD YOU MIND TRANSLATING THAT INTO SPANISH? SHRANK: GET YOUR FRIENDS OUT OF HERE BERNADO. AND STAY OUT.... PLEASE.
SHRANK: NOW LOOK FELLAS LET'S BE RESONOBLE. IF I DON'T GET A LITTLE LAW AND ORDER AROUND HERE I GET BUSTED DOWN TO A TRAFFIC CORNER, AND YOUR FRIEND DON'T LIKE TRAFFIC CORNERS. SO THAT MEANS YOU'RE GOING TO START MAKING NICE WITH THE PR'S FROM NOW ON. I SAID NICE, GET IT? BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T AND I CATCH ANY ONE OF YOU DOING ANY MORE BRAWLING IN MY TERRITORY I'M GOING TO PERSONALLY BEAT THE LIVING CRUD OUT OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND SEE THAT YOU GO TO THE CAN AND RUT THERE.
ANITA: I'VE GOT A MESSAGE FOR YOUR AMERICAN BUDDY. YOU TELL THAT MURDERER MARIA IS NEVER GOING TO MEET HIM. YOU TELL HIM THAT CHINO FOUND OUT ABOUT THEM AND SHOT HER! SHE'S DEAD
ANITA: BERNARDO WAS RIGHT. IF ONE OF YOU WAS LYING ON THE STREETS BLEEDING I'D WALK BY AND SPIT ON YOU!
"Hold my hand and we're half way there..... Hold my hand and I'll take you there."
Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.
Riff: Look, Tony, I've never asked the time of day from a clock but I'm asking you, come to the dance tonight. I already told the gang you'd be there. If you don't show I'll be marked lousy.
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