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Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 5 March 1993 (USA)
The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening... See full summary »

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The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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In a world on the brink of war. You either march to one tune or dance to another. See more »

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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5 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Últimos Rebeldes  »

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$5,632,086 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film in which Kenneth Branagh (Herr Knopp) appeared that he did not also direct since A Month in the Country (1987). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when Willy is running after Peter and stops, there is clearly nothing at Willy's feet. Later, after being told "Swing Heil", he grabs an umbrella on a wet poster at his feet that clearly wasn't there before. See more »

Quotes

Peter: If you side with the Nazis, Thomas, then we're at war.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

PIANO TRIO IN B FLAT MAJOR, OP.97 'ARCHDUKE'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud and Pablo Casals
Courtesy of Angel/EMI Classics
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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it is authentic enough
26 May 2003 | by (Boeblingen, Germany) – See all my reviews

i have read the comment about SWING KIDS not being authentic. well, after doing a bit of research on this topic (swing scene in germany in the third reich) i have to say that there was quite a big scene there. yes, the film might have exaggerated a bit (the hair was not quite as long and they had to cut down on the way they dressed even though they tried as much as they could on the zoot suit front). but it is a fact that there were dances in different cafes and they didnt like the Nazi regime. so i would say give the film makers some slack and a bit of artistic freedom! they tried to portray a group of youngsters that found cure in music and stuck together in a difficult time. i really appreciated this film as normally you wouldnt know about them at all!!! two thumbs up from me as well!!!


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