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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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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

On location in Prague in near freezing weather, Christian Bale was visited by Steven Spielberg (director of his feature film debut Empire of the Sun (1987)). See more »

Goofs

In an establishing shot just after the Nazis steal the radio, the rear half of a Vauxhall Wyvern can be seen parked on the street; this car was not introduced until 1948. See more »

Quotes

[Peter has been arrested]
Herr Knopp, Gestapo: Such a waste. So much passion, for nothing.
Peter: It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing! Do wop do wop
[Peter is taken away]
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

SWINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES
Written by James Mundy and Benny Goodman
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Excellent insight on the youth in Germany...
17 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie does a great job of showing a different angle on the WW2 time period. The struggles the youth of Germany went through during that time were portrayed very well. People complain that this movie doesn't show the horror of the holocaust and the awful persecution the Jews faced, but that is not what it's trying to do! We all read or hear about what the Nazis did to the Jews (& other minorities) and think that the Germans must have been horrible people to have even gone along with this. But this shows how the propaganda they were constantly fed--as well as the activities & sense of belonging the HJ (Hitler Jungen) experienced--could slowly twist their minds to the Nazi way of thinking. One of the excellent things about this movie is how it shows how the main characters change. The changes in Peter & Thomas come very slow and natural, and only when you get to the end (and maybe re-watch it) do you realize how drastically they have changed their views. (Thomas especially)

There were some not-so-great things about the movie, like some characters or scenes which, when you think back, seem to have been included for an unknown reason. But the good points of the movie out-weigh the minor nit-picks. The swing music and dancing in the movie was awesome, and I thought all the characters were acted very well by the actors. They did a good job of showing the confusion that the young Germans must have felt, not knowing who was right. All in all, I really enjoyed this movie, and I think it makes you think as well.


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