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.
Robert Sean Leonard - American Actor
James Horner - Composer, COMMANDO (1985)
Thomas Carter - TV Director/"Miami Vice"
Barbara Hershey - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Herzstein - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Seagull - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
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.
Shot in Technicolor. Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Impressively choreographed....Cast with personable, good-looking young actors..." - 03/05/1993 New York Times, p.C8
"...[An] appealing young cast and period score..." - 03/08/1993 Variety
"...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 Entertainment Weekly, p.42