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  • It might be a weird entry but the Jets' apparent disdain of Shrank and Krupke's racism towards the Sharks. Sure they're rival gangs, sure they're leading violent lives that can only end in tragedy, and sure they do honestly hate the Sharks... but they refuse to let it be about racism. For them, it's something else entirely.
    • Likewise, both gangs briefly get together to mouth off to the cops. They even stick up for one another. Oddly enough, if the cops were around more often, the gangs probably would've cooled off eventually.
    • When Shrank kicks the Sharks out of Doc's, insulting Bernardo in the process, Bernardo stands up to punch him, but Riff and Ice hold him back. Punching a cop definitely would've gotten Bernardo thrown in jail, or worse, so it was genuinely pretty good of Riff and Ice to stop him from losing his temper. In the same scene, Riff gives Shrank a Death Glare for throwing the Sharks out, and Bernardo doesn't leave until Riff gives him an "it's okay, we'll catch up to you later" nod. Riff genuinely seems to consider Bernardo to be a Worthy Opponent.
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  • Tony and Maria excitedly discuss how they would get married in the sewing shop, using mannequins to represent their parents and friends.
  • The fire escape scene. The whole scene is one long CMOH.
  • For all their faults, Bernardo and the other Sharks do seem to genuinely love and care about Maria.
  • For all the tragedy, Maria not committing suicide unlike Juliet is a case of a minor moment of both heartwarming and awesome. (Some theatre versions, such as the Australian tour in 2010, make it clear that she is determined to live.)
  • When Anybodys warns them Chino is looking to kill Tony, the Jets reveal that for all their Jerkass ways that they genuinely care about each other:
    Ice: "Tony came through for us, so we gotta come through for Tony. We gotta find him before Chino finds him."
    • This little exchange between Anybodys and Ice as the rest of the gang scatters off to look for Tony. Anybodys asks what she can do and instead of blowing her off the way they have before, Ice gives her an assignment too, thus showing that she's finally been accepted as one of their own:
    Ice: You done good, buddy boy.
    Anybodys: Thanks, Daddy-O.
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  • At the very end, as Shrank and Krupke escort Chino to the police car, Shrank can be seen putting his hand on Chino's shoulder in an almost comforting gesture. For someone who's been such a jerk throughout the movie, it's nice to see him showing a bit of compassion for this young man who's not only lost his best friend and fiancee in one day, but has also ruined his life, as his act of revenge will undoubtedly send him to prison for a long time.
  • The stage show has a surprisingly humanizing moment for A-Rab and Baby John, when they find each other in the streets after the rumble, when they try to console each other, A-Rab encouraging Baby John to still walk tall and not let people know how much Riff's death got to them. And then...
    A-Rab: ...I wish it was yesterday.
    Baby John: Me too.
    • This is soon followed by "Gee, Officer Krupke," which in this context, comes off as the Jets trying to cheer each other up, and possibly find a bit of humor in all the tragedy just to keep themselves from going insane.
  • "Tonight." All of it.
    Tony: Today, all day I had the feeling, a miracle would happen... I know now I was right!
    Tony and Maria: For here you are, and what was just a world is a star, tonight!
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  • Tony's reaction to Maria's father calling her back inside? Asking Maria introduce them, saying he likes her father already and is sure he'll like him, too. He just sounds so genuinely excited to get to know Maria's family. The racial tension and the Shark/Jet rivarly doesn't even enter his mind while he's with her.
  • A meta one for the film: Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the movie, was raped as a child, and while filming the Near-Rape Experience scene between Anita and the Jets, she had a panic attack and began crying because it triggered the memories. The actors playing the Jets all immediately broke character and comforted her, pointing out to her that the moviegoers were going to hate them for what they were doing.


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