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Swing Kids DVD Cover
Swing Kids (aka:)
"In a world on the brink of war. You either march to one tune or dance to another "

-- Synopsis: One of the most underrated films of the '90s. The story is of a close-knit group of young kids in 1939 Nazi Germany (prior to the Holocaust.) This film is about how some German youths or " Swing Kids" avoided the Hitler Youth programs (the Hiterjugend) and the Nazi regime as much as they could, and how they spent their time ... wearing latest British fashions, using Harlem slang and trying to listen and dance to mainly American swing music which along with the Tango and Foxtrot was banned in Germany, making it an underground movement of young German people. It is a very entertaining and poignant film about a very difficult time in history... " Swing Heil!"

* Christian Bale and Robert Sean Leonard do some excellent Lindy Hop and Partner Charleston dancing as well as almost the whole cast. There are some very good lengthy scenes with some very good Lindy Hop dancers. Some of the dancers were already well versed in this style. An excellent Swing dance film that along with the " Gap Comercial" helped fuel the '90s Lindy revival. The Soundtrack is excellent also. Won and American Choreography Award.

More Film Information below
1993Hollywood Pictures / Touchstone Thomas Carter
Runtime:Country Made:Language:Color:
112 minutes USA / Prague English Technicolor
Genre:Featured Dancer Featured DanceDance Rating
Drama / Music
Christian Bale & Robert Sean LeonardLindy Hop / Jitterbug EXCELLENT !!!

Known Dancers in this filmChoreographersActors / Actresses
Anna Montanaro .... Featured Dancer Otis Sallid (Choreographer)Barbara Hershey
Bettina HeyrothRyan Francois (Assitant Choreographer) Carl Brincat
Billy Burke Christian Bale
Britta Krause David Tom
Cathy Murdoch Douglas Roberts
Christian Bale Frank Whaley
Christopher Yohe Jayce Bartok
Dana Kopacova Jessica Stevenson
Dita Kalibova Johan Leysen
Freya Trampert Julia Stemberger
Gregorey Garrison Martin Clunes
Ideal Getinkaya Mary Fogarty
Ines Goritz Noah Wyle
Ivan Landa Robert Sean Leonard
Jennifer Chamberlain (w/ Leonard) Tushka Bergen
Julie Oram  
Klara Vejvodova  
Lenka Pesatova  
Lucie Vackarová (w/ Bale)  
Melinda O'Connor  
Nancy Beth-Orr  
Pavel Svoboda  
Robert Sean Leonard  
Simon Shelton  
Sven Daum  
Tessa Pattani  
Tini Stoll  
Tomas Mesner  
Ulf Garritzmann  
Vaclav Muska  

Dances performed in this film    Special Dance Interest
Charleston n/a n/a Swing Dance
Jitterbug     Swing Fashion / Hair
Lindy Hop     Swing Music
Swing Charleston     Zoot Suit
Some Music Titles in Film Music Recordings By Posters / Lobby Cards
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon Benny Goodman Swing Kids
Daphne Bud Green    
Flat Foot Floogie Count Basie    
It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got that Swing Django Reinhardt    
Life Goes To A Party/Jumpin' At The Woodside Duke Ellington    
Shout And Feel It Haven Gillespie    
Sing Sing Sing J. Fred Coots    
Swing Heil James Horner    
Swingtime In The Rockies Janis Siegel    
You Go To My Head Slim and Slam    

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks Similar Films Sheet Music Covers
n/a $ Swing Kids Soundtrack $ Newsies n/a
    $ Swingers  

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Date Published


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October 22, 2005

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