Swing Kids

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Released 1993

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Director:
Thomas Carter
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
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!

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Swing Kids looks good and moves quickly at first; later on, mired in familiar-feeling moments, it flounders

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The screenplay is so murky, indeed, that I was never sure whether the Kids hated the Hitler Youth lads because they were Nazis, or simply because they didn't swing.

  • 20

    Variety Leonard Klady

    Apart from its appealing young cast and period score, it has precious little to entice audiences into movie theaters.

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