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Swing Kids | 1993 | PG-13 | - 1.4.5

The Swing Kids of the title are teens in 1939 Munich who are enraptured by the life-affirming rhythms of American swing music while rejecting the hate message of Adolf Hitler.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - No nudity, except for female breasts depicted on a set of old-time "racy" picture postcards.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Violence occurs with great regularity. A man is shot while fleeing from the Gestapo, there are several gang-type beatings and a couple of all-out brawls. A boxing match turns savage and brutal and a musician is severely beaten by a gang of Hitler Youth. Though none of the violence is graphically explicit, neither is it "fake" movie violence. The director manages to convey the true pain of the violence involved.


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LANGUAGE 5 - The F-word is invoked once, and it's addressed to a Nazi.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Loyalty and friendship. Resolve and basic humanity are all examined and put to the test. The viewer is given a taste of how the barriers of right and wrong can be obscured through expert manipulation.

MESSAGE - We must constantly be on guard against corrupting influences.

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