In pre-World War II Germany, Swing music becomes the underground movement of young people. Two high school students, Peter Müller and Thomas Berger (played by Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale), attempt to be Swing Kids by night and Hitler Youth by day. The impact of this decision is felt acutely by their friends and families. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening their grip on Germany. A seemingly charming but intimidating Gestapo officer Herr Knopp (Kenneth Branagh in an uncredited role) insinuates himself into their lives. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival. This is the story of one group of Swing Kids and how Nazi rule and persuasion tore them apart and set them against each other.
"In a world on the brink of war, you either march to one tune or dance to another."
This is a film worth seeing. It will make you cry. The boys just want to have fun and enjoy Swing music at the beginning. But eventually they must face falling in with the Nazi regime and the Hitler Youth or standing against them.