Swing Kids

Directed By: Thomas Carter Starring: Robert Sean Leonard

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A truly amazing film

by Derek on 7/30/2005

So many people have never heard of this movie, which blows me away. It is absolutely a must see. It portrays the Germans during WWII in a way I have never seen before. It distinguishes between Germans and Nazis, something so many people fail to see. This has become one of my favorite all time movies. Don't pass it up.

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The story of a close-knit group of young kids in nazi germany who listen to banned swing music from the us


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40169200
UPC 786936188387
UPC 14 00786936188387
Format DVD
Release Date 9/11/2009
Rating Rating
Music (General)
World War II
Editors Note
Note Two friends are forced to choose either harsh punishment for their individuality and love for banned swing music or safety through compliance with the hated Nazis.
Plot Summary
Summary The paranoid fascism of Nazi Germany provides the backdrop for this story about Hamburg's youth and their love for restricted American music -- music often written and played by both Blacks and Jews.| Peter and Thomas, "swing kids" who listen to jazz even though it's illegal, get drawn into Nazi Youth. Peter, who enlisted only to save his life, manages to resist their brainwashing; but Thomas, who joined just to stay by Peter, finds the movement increasingly seductive.| As the paths of the two boys diverge, their friendship disintegrates, leading to a violent, dangerous betrayal.
New York Times "...Impressively choreographed....Cast with personable, good-looking young actors..." 03/05/1993 p.C8
Variety "...[An] appealing young cast and period score..." 03/08/1993
Entertainment Weekly "...The movie is a somber, smoothly crafted drama....[Leonard] has a face that grows more interesting the longer you look at it..." 03/12/1993 p.42
Thomas Carter
Robert Sean Leonard
Cast & Crew
Barbara Hershey - Actor
Christian Bale - Actor
Frank Whaley - Actor
Kenneth Branagh - Actor
Noah Wyle - Actor
Robert Sean Leonard - Actor
Tushka Bergen - Actor
Thomas Carter - Director
Jerzy Zielinski - Director of Photography
Michael R. Miller - Editor
Christopher Meledandri - Executive Producer
Frank Marshall - Executive Producer
James Horner - Musical Score
John Bard Manulis - Producer
Mark Gordon - Producer
Allan Cameron - Production Designer
Jonathan Marc Feldman - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 26913
UPC 00786936188387
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Hershey,Barbara
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
ABC Radio Network A film not to be missed.

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