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Riff (Character)
from West Side Story (1961)

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West Side Story (1961)
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.

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?

[first lines]
[the Jets dance across the streets of New York, eventually coming to a playground where they toss around a basketball. The ball is intercepted by Bernardo, leader of the Sharks]
Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.
[Bernardo drops the ball, Riff picks it up]
Riff: Beat it.

Riff: Boy, am I a victim of disappointment in you.

Riff: Four-and-a-half years I live wit' a buddy an' his family. I think I'm diggin' a guy's character... Boy, I'm a victim of disappointment in you.
Tony: End ya sufferin', little man. Why dontcha just pack up ya gear an' move out?
Riff: 'Cause ya ma's hot fa me...

Riff: [singing] When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way! from you first cigarette your last dyin' days.

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!
[lunges at him]

Action: [pretending to be a psychiatrist] Juvenile delinquency is purely a social disease.
Riff: Hey! I got a social disease!

Riff: We gotta stand up to them Doc; it's important.
Doc: Fighting over a little piece of street is so important?
Action: To us it is!
Doc: To hoodlums it is!
Action: Who're you callin' a hoodlum?
Doc: War councils...
Action: Don't start, Doc.
Doc: ...Rumbles...
Action: D'you hear me, Doc?
Doc: Why, when I was your age...
Action: When *you* was my age? When my old man was my age, when my brother was my age... You was never my age, none of ya! And the sooner you creeps get hip to that, the sooner you'll dig us!
Doc: I'll dig you an early grave, that's what I'll dig.

Lieutenant Schrank: [as they exit] Say goodbye to the nice boys, Krupke.
Officer Krupke: Goodbye, boys.
Snowboy: [mimicking Krupke] "Goodbye, boys."
Action: [mimicking Shranke] "You hoodlums don't own the streets."
Snowboy: "Go play in the park!"
Action: "Keep off of the grass."
Ice: "Get outta the house!"
Action: "Keep off the block!"
A-Rab: "Get outta here!"
Action: "Keep off of the world!" A gang that don't own the street is nothin'!

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.