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Swing (1999)

R | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 7 May 1999 (UK)
When Martin gets out of prison, the guards warn him to get a job or end up back in jail. Martin decides to start his own band. The band is a smashing success until the police find out that it was backed with stolen money.


Nick Mead


Su Lim (story), Nick Mead (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hugo Speer ... Martin 'Marty' Luxford
Lisa Stansfield ... Joan Woodcock
Paul Usher Paul Usher ... Liam Luxford
Tom Bell ... Sid Luxford
Rita Tushingham ... Mags Luxford
Danny McCall Danny McCall ... Andy
Alexei Sayle ... Mighty Mac
Clarence Clemons ... Jack
Scot Williams ... Buddy
James Hicks ... Oi
Nerys Hughes ... Maria
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Uncle Matty
Jimmy Nail ... Arthur
Gavin Watson Gavin Watson ... Orangeman / Piano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Huyton Jon Huyton ... Assistant Hotel Manager


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!


Comedy | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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Crazy Credits

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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Warmhearted, high-spirited, wonderfully entertaining.
19 August 1999 | by nitelite-2See all my reviews

What a great date movie! I saw "Swing" at the Wine Country Film Festival. I arrived vaguely downhearted and left feeling alright with the world; in my book, any film that accomplishes that is worth seeing. Within a minute of the credits I knew I was in for a good time, and by the film's exuberant end I hadn't been the slightest let down.

"Swing" doesn't take itself too seriously, and as a result it avoids the cloying sweetnes that has started to creep into the Full Monty's (which film I loved) progeny. It reminded me of some of my favorite Australian comedies --" Strictly Ballroom," "Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert" and "Muriel's Wedding" come to mind -- as well as, oddly enough, the sitcom "Seinfeld."

Why? Probably because I was as charmed and entertained by the characters, their foibles and imperfections, as I was by the circumstances in which they found themselves. The humor was dark here and there, and often skewer-sharp, but it wasn't mean-spirited, which I especially appreciated; too often nowadays lazy writers reach for laughs through the cheapest shot. "Swing" left me with the kind of warm glow I get at the best family reunions or holiday meals.

"Swing" also provides an energizing soundtrack, really smooth, accessible cinematography and one of the funnier Liverpool jokes I've heard in years.

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