Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  5 March 1993 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stemberger ...
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Herr Schumler
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Helga (as Jessica Stevenson)
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H.J. Thug
Mary Fogarty ...
Mama Klara Müller (as Mary Fogerty)


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 leads 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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Kenneth Branagh is reported to have refused any billing at all rather than be billed above Christian Bale and the other boys who he said were the stars of the film. 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 »


Thomas Berger: I'm a cowboy, and you're a pansy.
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Features The Eternal Jew (1940) See more »


Written by Eddie Carroll
Performed by Teddy Foster
Courtesy of Interstate Music Ltd.
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Connected with me on two levels: Swing and Judiasm
6 October 2004 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

I have always been a very big fan of swing music and am a "Hollywood Jew". I.e., not very religious or observant of the ancient traditions, but still a Jew in humor and emotions. So this movie never fails to make my tear up. To imagine a time and place where not only your seeming friends turn on you, but you can't even listen to your kind of music is a special kind of hell on earth.

The dance and music sequences are wonderful and I can't see or hear them enough. Solid sounds, daddio! However, the film wisely preempts the reverie and jerks you back to the Nazi repression each time. It suggests how those poor "Swingkleine" must have felt. The sweet and sorrowful blend here.

Someone criticized this picture for not showing enough death. I think the boxes of human ashes and the random Brownshirt raids show enough of that! This picture isn't about the Holocaust -- it's about trying to survive when your society goes seriously wrong.

I will always think of "Swing Kids" when I hear the truism: "It don' mean a thing if it ain't got that SWING. Do-wah do-wha do-wah do-wah do-wha do-wha do-wha do-WHAAAAA".

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