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It's 1939 and Nazi Germany has declared war on freedom, demanding conformity from its youth. But a group calling themselves SWING KIDS rebel with their "swing" music from America and dare to stand up against the powerful forces around them. Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale deliver gripping performances as two friends who must choose between their individual freedom or loyalty to the murderous Third Reich. Also featuring Barbara Hershey, SWING KIDS is an inspirational and powerful story about finding the courage to fight for what you believe in!
Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey, Tushka Bergen, David Tom, Julia Stemberger, Noah Wyle, Jayce Bartok, Johan Leysen, David Robb, Douglas Roberts, Martin Clunes, Jessica Stevenson, Carl Brincat, Mary Fogarty, Karel Belohradsky, Peter Baikie, Jennifer Chamberlain, Lucie Vackarova, Katerina Dankova, Magdalena Chrzova, Jirí Málek, Metin Yenal, Arthur White, Marek Libert, Nada Konvalinkova, Petr Jákl, Ciaran Madden, John Streitburger, Hana Cizkova, Petr Lepsa, Warner van Eeden, Andrew Kitchen, Jeremy Bulloch, Joseph Bennett, Roman Janousek, Richard Hanson, Sean Pertwee, Sarka Horcikova, Jochen Horst, Vladimir Matejcek, John Duval, Marie Vorlova, Eliza Clark, Kate Buffery, Sabine Skala
© 1993 Hollywood Pictures Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Intense conflict in coming-of-age movie set in Nazi Germany.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swing Kids is a 1993 movie about jazz-obsessed teens during Nazi Germany who are forced to choose between staying true to themselves or conforming to the Third Reich. The depictions of teens getting excited about the contemporary music of the time and how it fits into their overall spirit of rebellion has obvious parallels to the youth culture movements of later decades, but it's also the unsparing depiction of how the major and minor characters responded to oppressive brutality of the Nazis that should also inspire discussion amongst families about the horrors of that time and what it meant to be an ordinary citizen trying to survive. Unsurprisingly, there are scenes in which Jews are being persecuted, as well as propaganda films from that time comparing the Jews to vermin. The swing music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Django Reinhardt is deemed "["N" word] [Jewish slur] music" by the Nazis, and we see a propaganda poster showing a monkey playing a saxophone. There are some streetfights, brawls, and boxing matches in which characters are shown getting beaten and bloodied. Profanity includes "f--k." Swing Kids are shown passing around small black-and-white photos of topless women, and make remarks about their breasts. Reference made to masturbation. The overall dramatic intensity of the film might be difficult for younger or more sensitive viewers, but overall, this movie is a history lesson on how youth culture and rebellion persists amidst oppression, and how they inspire resistance.
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- Release Date:March 5, 1993
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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