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In the spirit of The Full Monty and The Commitments, Swing is the heartwarming, triumphant story of working class friends who break free from their bleak Liverpool lives to follow their dreams and launch a swing band.

Young Martin finds himself in prison, the fall guy for his brother. When Martin gets out, the guards hand him two years of unopened love letters and a warning: get a job or end up back in jail. Home is just as he left it - hopeless. Martin's only hope comes from the sage advice from his sax-playing cell mate, Jack, who taught him how to see his future and how to play it. Martin decides to start his own band.

He recruits bassist Buddy, a skirt chasing football star, drummer Oi, an ex-skinhead, and a brass section made up of bar flies who owe his dad a favour. But the one person who can transform the band from a dream to success is the beautiful singer Joan, the love of Martin's life. Joan, married to Martin's arresting officer, wonders if this is just another one of Martin's dead end dreams.

Martin convinces them all, most of all Joan, that their dream is worth fighting for. Despite a raid staged by Joan's jealous husband, the band's break-through gig is a smashing success and it lands them a recording contract, a happy ending! That is . . . until the police find that Martin's brother backed the band with stolen money and Martin ends up back in jail. But this time Martin walks out of jail with Jack and finds Joan and his band waiting and ready to swing!


Type of film
Nick Mead
Su Lim, Louise Rosner
Director of Photography
Ian Wilson BSc
Principal Cast
Hugo Speer, Lisa Stansfield
Screen Writers
Robert L. Levy, Peter Abrams, J. P. Guerin, Peter Locke, Donald Kushner

Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Tapestry Films & The Kushner-Locke Company
c/o Kushner-Locke International
11601 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90025
Tel: 00 1 310 481 2000
Fax: 00 1 310 481 2100


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