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An optimistic guy is arrested and thrown in jail, while there he learns the saxophone from a fellow inmate. Once he's released from jail, he and a few friends form a swing band while he tries to win back his girlfriend who married the police officer who arrested him! Written by Michael G. Moen <michael.moen@asu.edu>

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Getting this dream off the ground takes some pretty fancy footwork!

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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7 May 1999 (UK)  »

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Swing - Ritmos E Desejos  »

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£132,138 (UK) (7 May 1999)
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Jack: Playing the sax is like telling the truth. You never have to tell the same lie twice - if you tell the truth.
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At the end of the credits, they mention five hamsters were killed in the making of this film...and how if they had not moved, the staple gun would not have been used. See more »

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Why Do We Call It Love
Written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Richard Derbyshire
Performed by Lisa Stansfield
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Unexpected Delight
25 April 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I had barely heard of this film when I caught the trailer in front of another video. Since I love swing music, enjoyed Hugo Speer in "The Full Monty" and like Lisa Stansfield's singing, I gave it a try and was not dissappointed.

The story of an ex-con organizing a swing band is like "The Commitments" only not as crunchy. But while it's unravelling, particularly during the musical numbers, there's little time to complain. The whole thing is really a fairy tale, with a demented lottery winner as fairy godmother and Stansfield's possessive husband--the cop who had arrested Speers three years earlier--as wicked witch.

Stansfield's singing of some classic jazz and soul numbers is simply terrific. And Speers turns in a kinetic performance that could make him a star if anybody else sees this film.


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