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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 U.S. Soon, dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices, as the Nazis begin tightening their grip on... See full summary »

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Thomas Carter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Carl Brincat ... H.J. Thug
Mary Fogarty Mary Fogarty ... Mama Klara Müller (as Mary Fogerty)
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Storyline

A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany listen to banned swing music from the U.S. Soon, dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices, as the Nazis begin tightening their 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swing Kids See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,967,957, 7 March 1993

Gross USA:

$5,632,086

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,632,086
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Frank Marshall was the original choice for director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thomas Berger: I'm a cowboy, and you're a pansy.
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Soundtracks

Swingtime in the Rockies
Written by James Mundy and Benny Goodman
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Connected with me on two levels: Swing and Judiasm
6 October 2004 | by BruceUllmSee 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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