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Swing Kids -- It's 1939 and Nazi Germany has declared war on freedom, demanding conformity from its youth.  SWING KIDS is an inspirational and powerful story about finding the courage to fight for what you believe in!


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Writer (WGA):
Jonathan Marc Feldman (written by)
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Release Date:
5 March 1993 (USA) See more »
In a world on the brink of war. You either march to one tune or dance to another. See more »
The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Sean Leonard ... Peter Müller

Christian Bale ... Thomas Berger

Frank Whaley ... Arvid

Barbara Hershey ... Frau Müller

Tushka Bergen ... Evey

David Tom ... Willi Müller
Julia Stemberger ... Frau Linge

Jayce Bartok ... Otto

Noah Wyle ... Emil Lutz

Johan Leysen ... Herr Schumler

Douglas Roberts ... Herr Hinz

Martin Clunes ... Bannführer

Jessica Hynes ... Helga (as Jessica Stevenson)
Carl Brincat ... H.J. Thug
Mary Fogarty ... Mama Klara Müller (as Mary Fogerty)
Karel Belohradský ... Bismarck Owner
Peter Baikie ... Bismarck Bandleader
Jennifer Chamberlain ... Swing Girl with Thomas
Lucie Vackárová ... Swing Girl with Peter
Katerina Danková ... Evey's School Friend
Magdaléna Chrzová ... Evey's School Friend
Jirí Málek ... Jewish Boy (as Jirí Malek)
Metin Yenal ... Customer in Bookshop
Arthur White ... Alberti
Marek Libert ... Whistling H.J.
Nada Konvalinková ... Pastry Shop Woman
Petr Jákl ... Policeman in Marketplace

David Robb ... Dr. Dietrich Berger
Ciaran Madden ... Frau Berger
John Streitburger ... Dr. Keppler
Hana Cízková ... Frau Keppler
Petr Lepsa ... Cafe Trichter Owner
Warnar Van Eeden ... Cafe Trichter Bandleader
Andrew Kitchen ... Gestapo at Cafe Trichter
Jeremy Bulloch ... Small Club Owner
Joseph Bennett ... Luftwaffe Pilot
Roman Janousek ... Luftwaffe Pilot
Richard Hanson ... H.J. Fink

Sean Pertwee ... Gestapo Arresting Berger
Sarka Horcikova ... Berger's Maid

Jochen Horst ... Speaker at H.J. Rally
Vladimír Matejcek ... Funeral Pastor

John Pirkis ... Gestapo with Ashes (as John Duval)
Marie Vorlova ... Woman #1 with Ashes

Eliza Clark ... Girl with Ashes
Kate Buffery ... Woman #2 with Ashes
Sabine Skalla ... Cafe Bismarck Singer
Liam Burke ... Featured Dancer (as Billy Burke)
Sven Daum ... Featured Dancer
Gregorey Garrison ... Featured Dancer
Ulf Garritzmann ... Featured Dancer
Ideal Getinkaya ... Featured Dancer
Ines Goritz ... Featured Dancer
Bettina Heyroth ... Featured Dancer
Dita Kalibova ... Featured Dancer
Dana Kopacova ... Featured Dancer
Britta Krause ... Featured Dancer
Ivan Landa ... Featured Dancer
Tomas Mesner ... Featured Dancer
Anna Montanaro ... Featured Dancer
Cathy Murdoch ... Featured Dancer
Vaclav Muska ... Featured Dancer
Melinda O'Connor ... Featured Dancer
Julie Oram ... Featured Dancer
Tessa Pattani ... Featured Dancer
Lenka Pesatova ... Featured Dancer
Simon Shelton ... Featured Dancer
Tini Stoll ... Featured Dancer
Pavel Svoboda ... Featured Dancer
Freya Trampert ... Featured Dancer
Klara Vejvodova ... Featured Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickey Blaine ... Swing Kid #6 (uncredited)

Kenneth Branagh ... Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)

Paul Covington ... Luftwaffe Officer (uncredited)
Christopher Yohe ... Swing Kid #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Carter 
Writing credits
Jonathan Marc Feldman (written by)

Produced by
Harry Benn .... co-producer
Mark Gordon .... producer
John Bard Manulis .... producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Christopher Meledandri .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Zielinski 
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
Art Direction by
Tony Reading 
Steve Spence 
Set Decoration by
Ros Shingleton 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... key makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... key hair stylist
Jan Jamison .... hair stylist
Ales Kocian .... makeup artist: Prague
Tereza Kolihova .... hair stylist: Prague
Ivana Korcikova .... hair stylist: Prague
Production Management
Jan Balzer .... production supervisor: Prague
Jaroslav Kucera .... assistant production manager: Prague
Oldrich Mach .... production manager: Prague
Michal Prikryl .... assistant production manager: Prague
Tom Sachs .... unit production manager
Katerina Schauerová .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Fuller .... trainee assistant director
Marcia Gay .... second assistant director
Krystof Hanzlík .... assistant director: Prague
Zbynek Honzík .... crowd assistant director: Prague
David B. Householter .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Booth .... construction coordinator
Gary Dawson .... property master
Michal Krska .... art director: Prague
Pavel Nový .... construction manager
Olga Rosenfelderova .... assistant art director: Prague
Peter Rutherford .... production buyer
Karel Vanásek .... property master: Prague
David Wescott .... standby painter
Michael White .... storyboard artist
Jan Zeman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Don Banks .... boom operator: UK
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Tomas Cervenka .... cable person
Midge Costin .... sound editor
Marva Fucci .... assistant sound editor
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Howell Gibbens .... sound editor
Matthew Harrison .... foley editor (as Matt Harrison)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Suhail Kafity .... sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
R.J. Kizer .... supervising adr editor
Victoria Martin .... foley artist
Victoria Martin .... foley editor
F. Hudson Miller .... sound editor
Maggie Ostroff .... assistant sound editor
R.J. Palmer .... sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher C. Schiavo .... assistant sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Denise Whiting .... adr editor (as Denise Whiting-Gontz)
David Williams .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Garth Inns .... special effects coordinator
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor
Jirí Vater .... special effects assistant: Prague
Marc Boyle .... stunt coordinator
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
David Cronnelly .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Yirka Kraus .... stunts
Jan Petrina .... stunts
Mark Southworth .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunts
Joey Box .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bridges .... second assistant camera
Ivan Chalupa .... grip: Prague
George Cole .... gaffer
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Sean Connor .... clapper loader (as Sean Conner)
Jim Coward .... generator operator
Martin Hume .... camera operator
George Hunt .... best boy electric
Nigel Kirton .... Steadicam operator
Lukas Klika .... grip: Prague
Antonin Marik .... assistant camera: Prague second unit
Antonin Marik .... focus puller
Miroslav Ptack .... rigger: Prague
Luke Quigley .... dolly grip
Lubos Simecek .... gaffer: Prague
Tony Spratling .... camera operator: second unit
Pavel Stark .... electrician: Prague
Petr Sulc .... electrician: Prague
Jiri Svenha .... best boy electric: Prague
John Turner .... electrician
Jaroslav Ungr .... grip: Prague
Jirí Vrána .... electrician: Prague
Tim Wooster .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Alison Zimet Danese .... casting associate: USA
Noel Davis .... casting: UK
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Eva Kadankova .... casting: Prague
Suzanna Marley .... casting associate: UK
Jane Shannon-Smith .... casting associate: USA
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting: UK (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe master
Iva Bártová .... wardrobe mistress: Prague
Hana Kucerova .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Laura Rice-Iacofano .... 2nd 2nd AD
Miroslava Sedlackova .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Jana Smetanova .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Janet Tebrooke .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Randy Bricker .... apprentice editor
Tristan M. Brighty .... first assistant film editor
Richard Candib .... additional editor
Kate Crossley .... apprentice editor
Sarah Flack .... apprentice editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Jack Hofstra .... additional editor
George Komrower .... apprentice editor: Prague
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Christy Richmond .... assistant film editor
Karen I. Stern .... additional editor
Sherry Stockler .... apprentice editor
Patrick Paul Mullane .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... music arranger
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Jonathan Marc Feldman .... executive music producer
Slim Gaillard .... composer: song "Flat Foot Floogie"
Jim Henrikson .... supervising music editor
Robert Kraft .... music re-recordist
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Joe E. Rand .... music editor
Eric Reasoner .... supervising music editor
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Slam Stewart .... composer: song "Flat Foot Floogie"
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Blake Martin Moulin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Estabrook .... transportation captain: UK
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Kenneth Branagh
Cynthia Berry .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Dominick J. Daniels .... actor liaison
Val Demeter .... location coordinator
Zdenek Fiala .... location manager: Prague
Holly Harold .... assistant: Mr. Carter
Elizabeth Hawkins .... assistant: Mr. Gordon & Mr. Manulis, Prague
Jiri Husak .... production assistant
Nelly Jencíková .... production accountant
Elizabeth Joseph .... assistant: Mr. Gordon and Mr. Manulis
Burke Mattsson .... title designer
Cynthia Neipris .... assistant: Mr. Gordon and Mr. Manulis
Eva Nietschová .... second assistant accountant
Frantisek Novotny .... production assistant: Prague
Pavel Nový .... location manager
Nancy Beth Orr .... dancer
Allyn Partin .... assistant dialect coach
Ivo Pavelek .... location manager: Prague
Sally Prager .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Pavlina Prikrylova .... production secretary
Otis Sallid .... choreographer
Gail Samuelson .... production coordinator
Adam Shulman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Petr Skvor .... production assistant
Jonathan Southard .... Development Assistant
Martin Stanek .... interpreter (as Martin Stanék)
Lisa Marie Stetler .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Lisa Stetler)
Lindsay Sturman .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Lindsay Jewett)
Dita Valentinova .... set interpreter
Gina D'Orazio .... assistant: Frank Marshall (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some language
112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Emil:I am not a traitor. I just wised up. You will too.See more »
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Good moments, could have been better, 7 April 2006
Author: silvergirl606 from United States

I really don't understand a lot of these reviewers. The movie far from trivializes anything about the Nazis, it simply tries to portray a moment before the bloodiest war in history on a smallish scale.

Would it be better to just have a movie that says "Nazis are bad and they killed six million Jews."? No, because that wouldn't be a movie.

It's like when people complained that a mini-series about Hitler's life that was supposed to be shown on TV would "humanize Hitler". Well, news flash, he WAS a human. That's the worst part, a human could do that sort of thing. What good is it to call evil-doers monsters and then leave it at that? When "Swing Kids" succeeds is when it's portraying the conflicts of youth as their country goes mad. Can anyone honestly say they feel NO sympathy for those who were forced to join the Hitler youth? It's easy to say you would have done different.

And the idea that the music being key somehow trivializes the events of WWII, um, it's based on an ACTUAL subculture, swing kids. There were lots of them and at first they were fairly lacking in politics, but later in the 40s when they were cracked down on more so by the Nazis some were more active.

It's not like the movie makers pulled the concept of kids, Nazis and swing out of their asses, which is what people seem to think.

And at least it was something, at least it wasn't giving in totally. Remember these were young kids, high-school age, nobody can expect them all to be Sophie Scholl.

Where "Swing Kids" lacks is its occasional excessive heavy-handedness. The ending is a bit excessive, something more subtle would have been better.

But as I say, the conflicts between the three main leads are fantastic and bring up questions of what you would do in such circumstances. I think the boys's indifference in respect to the Jew being beat up in the beginning of the movie is a good touch. This is NOT about the holocaust, because it was just starting and was largely unknown at the time. I hate when people can't lose what they know to watch a movie.

I recommend everyone to read some swing kids history, just look them up, it makes the movie much better and more interesting to know the facts.

This is a fairly good movie with very good acting, great great music and costumes, a great story that was influenced by deeply interesting history, and too much heavy handedness.

But seriously, who can resist a movie put out by Disney that includes the line of dialog "You're turning into a f*cking Nazi!"?

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