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Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 5 March 1993 (USA)
A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Müller
... Thomas Berger
... Arvid
... Frau Müller
... Evey
... Willi Müller
Julia Stemberger ... Frau Linge
... Otto
... Emil Lutz
... Herr Schumler
... Herr Hinz
... Bannführer
... Helga (as Jessica Stevenson)
Carl Brincat ... H.J. Thug
Mary Fogarty ... Mama Klara Müller (as Mary Fogerty)
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A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany 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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Drama | Music

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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
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Christian Bale and Kenneth Branagh first worked together in the latter's production of Henry V, in which the "dead" Bale is carried over Branagh's shoulder during a long tracking shot. See more »

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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 »

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Peter Müller: You're turning into a fucking Nazi!
Thomas Berger: Oh so WHAT if I AM?
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Features Der ewige Jude (1940) See more »

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OVERTURE: TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Written by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capitol Production Music
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Connected with me on two levels: Swing and Judiasm
6 October 2004 | by 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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