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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stemberger ...
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Helga (as Jessica Stevenson)
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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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They fought for the freedom that bound them together. 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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Peter: You said they'd never split us apart.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »


Written by Chris Boardman
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entertaining and poignant, a great film
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm a History teacher and we use Swing Kids as an introduction to the topic of alternative youth groups in Nazi Germany. I'm not saying that the film is 100% accurate, obviously some dramatic licence has to be taken, but its not far off. Many people on this site have questioned the accuracy, and validity of the film, especially mentioning the lack of consideration of the treatment of the Jews. However that is not what this film is about (if that is what you want see The Pianist or Schindler's List - also excellent films).

This film is looking at how some German youths avoided the Hitler Youth and the nazi regime insofar as they could, and what they spent their time doing (dancing, listening to swing music and being with their friends).It does show some useful aspects about how the Hitler Youth were expected to behave and the propaganda they were exposed to, as well as about swing youth and their attitude to the regime.It is an entertaining and poignant film which explores friendship,romance and growing up against the backdrop of one of the most vilified periods in modern history

Basically Swing Kids does what it does well. Maybe it isn't a Schindler's List, but it does have its merits.Watch it and you'll find them!

BTW - could I just point out, many people on here have referred to the Holocaust, as though it is interchangeable with the Nazi regime, and have used the phrase in their reviews. Just to clear up this: the holocaust specifically refers to the gassing of Jews at extermination camps from 1942 onwards, essentially the Final Solution. As this film is set in 1939 it is prior to this.

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