Swing (2004)



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SWING is the dance- and music-filled story of Anthony Verdi (Innis Casey), a young man caught between his dream of being a full-time musician and the conventional life of his security-minded father (Tom Skerritt) and long-time fiancé (Dahlia Waingort). But Anthony has the encouragement of several important people around him. There is Bill Verdi, his loving great-uncle (Jonathan Winters), who is determined that Anthony will not meet with the same fate as his musician brother, Anthony's grandfather whom he never knew. Anthony's outrageous bass-playing roommate (Mindy Cohn) knows first-hand the joys and satisfactions of a musician's life. The head of his great-uncle's nursing home (Nell Carter, in her final performance) recognizes Anthony's talent and leads him to an important break. First and foremost there is Christine, the beautiful older woman (Jacqueline Bisset) he meets in an out-of-this-world forties night club he chances upon, who teaches him to swing dance. From her he also learns that swing is a metaphor for life and that, only if he follows his heart and starts being who he truly is, can real happiness be his. Along this journey of self-discovery, which includes confronting his father's expectations and coming to the realization that he and his fiancé no longer share a common future, a young woman named Tina (introducing Constance Brenneman) keeps reappearing, a sure sign that Anthony is heading in the right direction. Barry Bostwick, Christine's late husband and angelic mentor; Jim Hanks, the all-knowing maitre'd of the night club; and Adam Tomei, the eccentric drummer of Anthony's trio, round out the cast. Shot in San Francisco and Oakland, SWING, with its positive message about the true source of happiness, exciting swing dance sequences, and an eclectic mix of musical styles, resonates with both the young and the young-at-heart. -- © Official Site
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
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Innis Casey
as Anthony Verdi
Jacqueline Bisset
as Christine/Mrs. DeLuca
Jonathan Winters
as Uncle Bill
Tom Skerritt
as George Verdi
Nell Carter
as Grace
Mindy Cohn
as Martha
Anne Stark-Robinson
as Tina's Mother
Albert Merriweather
as Funeral Home Director
Chet Reynolds
as Radio Announcer
Jim Hanks
as Club Jimbo Maitre d'
Tedd Zzenia
as Club Jimbo Bartender
Esther Mamet
as Josephine Wall
Timothy Roman Rodriguez
as Tina's Dance Partner
Archie Drury
as Joe Verdi
Barry Bostwick
as Freddie
Amy Hutto
as Martha's Flavor of the Week
Emily Dean
as Sales Associate
Johnny Bones
as Nursing Home Pianist/Jellyroll Member
Hapi Murphy
as Master of Ceremonies
Connie Mattson
as Angry Customer
Calum Grant
as Bartender No.2
Kim Venaas
as Club Jimbo Swing Orchestra Member
Belinda Blair
as Jellyroll Member -- Retro Swing Club Band
Steve Dakrone
as Jellyroll Member -- Retro Swing Club Band
Seth Ford-Young
as Jellyroll Member -- Retro Swing Club Band
Jay Sanders
as Jellyroll Member -- Retro Swing Club Band
Mike Irwin
as Jellyroll Member -- Retro Swing Club Band
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Critic Reviews for Swing

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

A well-intentioned but frequently inert coming-of-age saga.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Does have the advantage of boasting a fair amount of genuine onscreen talent.

July 21, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A slight, silly musical fantasy with two left feet.

July 9, 2004
New York Post
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Murky, incomprehensible grade B romantic fantasy.

July 9, 2004
New York Daily News
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Inspired by a West Coast fad for swing dancing, Martin Guigui's independent feature is a sweet, sincere labor of love that just isn't very good.

Full Review… | July 8, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Attempts unsuccessfully to liven up a tired scenario with a touch of Twilight Zone fantasy.

Full Review… | July 6, 2004
Village Voice
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