West Side Story

Continuity mistake: When the camera is zooming towards the playground, there's a guy on the right climbing the fence. He disappears from the fence half a second later.

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Continuity mistake: When Glad Hand is telling them about the get-together dance at the gym, you can see A-Rab putting his arm on Action's shoulder, then in the next shot he does it again.

Continuity mistake: During the number, "Gee, Officer Krupke," Ice is standing right behind Riff, right before he sings "Dear kindly judge your honor..." then suddenly he's in the doorway of Doc's candy store.

Continuity mistake: When Maria finishes singing "I feel pretty" the purple fabric rests around her left shoulder. A frame later, from a new angle, it's resting around her arm.

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Continuity mistake: At the bar, 2 of the darts are very close together in one shot, and farther apart in the next.

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Continuity mistake: When the Jets are playing basketball and Bernardo catches the ball, the position of the legs of the guy in the violet shirt differ between the first and second shot.

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Continuity mistake: In the bar, when the cop is asking where the fight is going to take place, he addresses a guy in the back. His position and that of his tie changes in half a second when the angle changes.

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Continuity mistake: In the bar, when the cop is asking where the fight is going to take place, he addresses a guy in the back. His position and that of his tie changes in half a second when the angle changes.

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Continuity mistake: When the gangs are fighting in the playground, in the aerial shot you see that two of the seesaws are pointing up away from the gangs. When the Jets leave a few minutes later, all of the seesaws are pointing up away from where they were originally. (00:14:16 - 00:17:39)

Continuity mistake: In the prologue, after the gangs jump over each other in the alley, Snowboy and Baby John both chase Bernardo, while A-Rab and Action go the other way to chase a different Shark. In the next shot, they are all together chasing the Shark A-Rab and Action were following.

Continuity mistake: At the dance, when everyone is swaying with their partner, you can see both of Ice's hands on Velma's back, then in the next shot when it's following baby John, you can see Ice put his hands on her back again. (00:32:30)

Continuity mistake: When the camera zooms into the basketball field, the shadow of the Jets points in a 8 o'clock direction. In the close ups it's a 2 o'clock.

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Continuity mistake: After the Jets and the Sharks have challenged themselves, Tony takes his right hand to his tie, but the immediate shot shows the hand by his side.

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Continuity mistake: When Maria is hitting Tony while saying "Killer," her hair is across her left cheek. In the next shot, it is completely away from her face. (01:48:20)

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Riff: Now move in and shake hands.
Bernardo: For what?
Riff: Well, that's the way it's done, buddy boy.
Bernardo: More gracious living. Everyone of you hates everyone of us, and we hate you right back.

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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: Why did they use actors who couldn't sing in the leading roles? Wouldn't it be easier to cast people who could sing instead of dubbing with other singing voices?

Answer: Natalie Wood was more well-known. And Wood actually COULD sing, she just couldn't hit the high notes perfectly. In fact, she was told only some of her singing would be dubbed.

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