West Side Story

Corrected entry: A lot of people know that Marni Nixon dubbed Natalie Wood's singing. But in fact, she also dubbed two of Wood's sentences - "Don't you touch him" and "Te adoro, Anton" in the end of the movie.

Correction: It is Natalie Wood's voice when Maria says: "Don't you touch him!". The guttural and nasal qualities are characteristic Wood, as any fan would assert.

Corrected entry: When Chino shoots Tony as he is running into Maria's arms, there is no evident bullet wound anywhere on Tony. If Chino shot him from the side, it would have been visible. If Chino had shot him from the back, it would have been visible. If Chino had shot him from the front, Maria would've gotten shot too. It is also worth noting that Maria doesn't seem to notice or care that Tony's been shot, and instead of becoming shocked or dismayed she treats the situation with a fairly nonchalant attitude.

Correction: This isn't a film mistake - it's a directorial choice. In the Fifties and Sixties showing the bloody impact of a bullet guaranteed a film would receive a restricted viewing certificate, similar to the R certificate of today. Watch any film of the era which had a gunfight in it, Westerns particularly - no bullet impact is shown.

Corrected entry: At the dance when the gangs begin the circle walk, the girl in the blue dress walks the wrong way. She bumps into another girl, then quickly turns around and walks the other way.

Correction: Velma walks the wrong way because she automatically started to walk in the same direction as her boyfriend, Ice, before realising her error.

Corrected entry: The songs "Cool" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" were switched around in the film version as the latter song felt too merry after Riff had just died. In most stage productions since the film's release the songs have appeared in the order they did in the film.

Correction: Not true. The official stage version licensed to professionals and amateurs follows the song order of the original Broadway production, not the film.

Corrected entry: At the end of the song titled, "I Feel Pretty", Maria grabs the purple ribbon. The ribbon is not touching the ground, but in the next shot it is completely on the ground. (01:24:45)

Correction: This is because she yanked it, so that it would wrap all around her.

Corrected entry: When Tony is singing "Maria" he's walking down a sidewalk near a bunch of buildings. Then in the next shot, all of a sudden he's on a fenced-in area that looks like a basketball court. (00:45:30)

Correction: This is because it was supposed to show Tony going through New York, sort of, and he's supposed to end up outside Maria's window after walking through all of these places.

Corrected entry: In the fighting scene between the "Jets" and the "Sharks" towards the beginning, when Bernardo cuts Baby-Jon on the cheek, the cut clearly switches from one cheek to the other between the time of him being cut, to when speaking to the police officers.

Correction: No, his left cheek is cut, (probably from the fight), but it also shows his right ear cut and bleeding, which is where Bernardo cut him with the knife.

Correction: If you watch that scene carefully, keep your eyes on the fan and watch the direction Maria throws it. She doesn't throw the fan "directly" up, but rather up *behind* her. So from our point of view, the fan goes *up-right*. The reason you can't see it come down is because the camera was not in frame for the fan falling on *that* side of the room. As she's dancing, you can't see it on the floor, because the sewing table where the other girl is sitting is blocking the view of the floor space in that corner.

Corrected entry: Doesn't it seem odd that when Tony is looking for Maria calling her name outside her apartment building that she is the ONLY Maria in that building in Spanish Harlem?

Correction: Perhaps any other Maria didn't recognize the voice so she didn't go out to see who it was.

Corrected entry: When the Jets are singing their first bit in the tonight quintet ('The Jets are gonna have their day tonight') If you listen carefully you can hear that one of them gets the words wrong and sings 'way' instead of 'day'. It's on the soundtrack too.

Correction: So he sings the wrong words. This isn't a mistake. Many people sing the wrong words to songs in real life.

Other mistake: During "Cool," there's a shot where they're doing a sort of knee turn, and you can see Tucker Smith in the background spinning too many times (you can see him start to stick out his arms to stop himself). (01:58:20)

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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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Trivia: "West Side Story" was the first film to win the Best Picture Academy Award for two directors (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins).

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Question: In the original musical of West Side Story, the song "Officer Krupke" is sung some time after the rumble when Riff was killed. Why was it changed to before the rumble?

Answer: Actually there were a number of changes made in the movie adaptation compared to the original stage version. There were cuts, new additions, and changes to music, lyrics, dialogue, and characters. A few of the musical numbers were switched around because it was felt the storyline flowed better on screen, for different reasons. Some examples are "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "I Feel Pretty" which are cheerful, light-hearted songs and were moved to before "The Rumble", and "Cool" was moved to after "The Rumble" which gives that song's lyrics gravitas.

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