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Quotations from West Side Story

West Side Story is a crime drama musical film about two young people from rival gangs in New York who meet and fall in love. The movie opens showing a white gang, the Jets, and a rival gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks. One of the Jets are captured by the Sharks which results in a fight between the two gangs. They decide that they will have an all out rumble. Meanwhile, Maria, the sister of a member of the Sharks, falls in love with Tony, co-founder of the Jets. The two try to work together to hide their love while at the same time convincing their gangs to hold back. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymor, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and George Chakiris. Based on the play (and book) of the same name by Arthur Laurents.

West Side Story saw great success in theaters after its release. Today, the film is considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. It won 10 Oscar awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Writing. Continue reading for some quotes from West Side Story.


Riff: Come on, Jets, round out! Not you, Anybodys, beat it.
Anybodys, Tomboy: Ah, Riff, you gotta let me in the gang! Didn't you just see me, I was smash, I'm a killer, I wanna fight!
A-Rab: How else's she gonna get a guy to touch her?
Anybodys, Tomboy: You dirty rat!
Anita: Come in, come in! We won't bite you until we know you better.
Tony: Well end your suffering little man. Why don't you pack up your gear and clear out of here?
Maria: If Chino hurts him, if he touches him, I swear to you I'll...
Anita: You'll do what Tony did to Bernardo?
Maria: I love Tony.
Anita: I know. I loved Benardo.
Riff: Now I know Tony like I know me and I guarentee you can count him in...
Action: In, out, let's get crackin'
Gee-tar: Where you gonna find Bernardo?
Riff: He'll be at the dance tonight at the gym...
A-Rab: But the gym's neutral territory...
Riff: A-rab, I'm gonna make nice with him! I'm only gonna challenge him!
Ice: Great daddy-o.
Doc: When do you kids stop? You make this world lousy!
Action: We didn't make it, Doc.
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.
Tony: What time?
Riff: Ten.
Tony: Ten it is.
Riff: Womb to tomb!
Tony: Birth to Earth. And I'll live to regret this.
Riff: Who knows? Maybe what you've been waitin' on will be twitchin at the dance tonight.
Tony: Who knows? Could be... Who knows?
Action: We gotta show them who's on top! The Jets!
Baby John: Haven't you had enough?
Action: What are you scared?
Baby John: Who's scared?
Maria: My brother is a silly watchdog!
Bernardo: Ah, my sister is a precious jewel!
Anita: What am I, cut glass?
Maria: All of you! You all killed him! And my brother, and Riff. Not with bullets, or guns, with hate. Well now I can kill, too, because now I have hate!
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