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Nazi Germany was in full swing. The teenagers, from ages 14 to 18, did not want to be a part of the history of Nazi Germany. They wanted to play music and they wanted to have fun. War is not the place to have fun, however, and a group of three friends find this out the hard way. Swing, or jazz, music was outlawed by the Nazi party. The speakeasies were born out of this desire to keep the music playing.

This historic movie has its roots in reality during Nazi Germany's reign over the area. Regardless of how much the youth of Germany wished to embrace England and American attitudes and behaviors, they were encouraged and many times forced, to join the Nazi Youth organization. The youth who would not join would continue to go to music halls and dance the night away--to 'damnable jazz'.

The friends hide from the Gestapo and other Nazi soldiers, having fun through their defiance. Unfortunately, the power behind the military presence in Germany was stronger than these young musicians and music enthusiasts. One of these youth, an accomplished jazz guitar player, found out the hard way. A Nazi soldier broke his hand so that he would not be able to play the guitar anymore.

PG-13
| 1993 | 1 hr 54 min | 6.8/10 | 39/100
Cast
Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey
Studio
Buena Vista Pictures
Director
Thomas Carter, Thomas Carter (II)
Language
English
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