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Swing [VHS] [1999]


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  • Actors: Hugo Speer, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Usher, Tom Bell, Rita Tushingham
  • Directors: Nick Mead
  • Writers: Nick Mead, Su Lim
  • Producers: Robert L. Levy, Su Lim
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D00M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Martin Luxford (Hugo Speer) leaves jail, he decides to form a swing band, having been taught to play the saxophone by his cellmate Jack. Returning to his native Liverpool, Martin pulls together a backing band of misfits and loners, and recruits his ex-girlfriend Joan (Lisa Stansfield) as a singer. Things are complicated somewhat by the fact that Joan is now married to the policeman who arrested Martin, and when the band's first gig - at a heavy metal pub - goes badly, it seems as though the road to musical success may be a rocky one.

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Swing is the good-natured tale of a Liverpudlian ex-con who decides to make a new life for himself as the leader of a swing band. When we are first introduced to Martin (The Full Monty's Hugo Speer), he is being released from prison, where he did time out of loyalty to his wayward brother, Liam. His cellmate, Jack, a shell suit-wearing, dreadlocked sax player who looks suspiciously like Clarence Clemons (because he is), inspired Martin to make swing his vocation and serves as his conscience throughout the film. This is a good thing, because nobody else seems to think he can pull it off, including his ex-girlfriend, Joan (Lisa Stansfield), now married to the cop that put him away and his own parents (nicely played by veteran British actors Rita Tushingham and Tom Bell). Joan has missed singing, however and eventually decides to join Martin's band, along with a soccer-loving bass player, skinhead drummer, and horn section of Orange Brigades led by The Young Ones' Alexei Sayle.

Speer isn't the most dynamic actor but generates the appropriate degree of sympathy and works well with pop vocalist Stansfield, who acquits herself nicely in her feature film debut. She also sings several numbers, including "Mack the Knife" and "Baby, I Need Your Loving" both of which can be found on the motion picture soundtrack. If Swing doesn't ever hit the heights of The Blues Brothers or The Commitments, it keeps the beat more often than not. --Kathleen C Fennessy, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Boki on 4 Oct 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lisa Stansfield has developed a reputation for recording jazz classics on various side projects despite having enjoyed massive global success as a pop/R&B/dance diva in the 90s through the millennium years. Lisa was first introduced to jazz via Diana Ross' soundtrack to "Lady Sings the Blues". She credits Diana Ross' music for getting her into the business.

"Swing" is a charming little Brit indie love story of a young jazz ensemble looking to get their big break. The music is a mixture of jazz classics with originals written by her long time collaborator husband/producer, Ian Devaney. The songs are in the swing tradition obviously. So if you are looking for more torch-like performances this is much truer to swing.

Lisa's vocals are as strong as they are in her many gold and platinum albums in her discography.

As she decides what direction to take her music next, Lisa has been taking on various acting projects. She and Hugo Speer, the sexy bloke from "The Full Monty" play a wonderful romantic duo with challenges and apt jazz cred.

If you are a fan of Lisa's music, which I am, this is a neat addition to your catalog. If you like indie movies, this one fits in with some of the best of that year. If you are a fan of swing music, this will not disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Vatish on 10 Mar 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a film for those who like to travel through the landscape of movies & stumble across a gem. Lisa Stansfield is superb & Hugo Speers role as the dreamer who wishes to set up a Swing music band is played well. A funny film in the style of the Full Monty with great music. A real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc (Captain) Darling on 1 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Cross the Full Monty with the Commitments, and you get Swing. Lisa Stansfield's voice perfectly suits the big band arrangements (the CD is great too!) and the comedy is spot on. A rare British treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusicFiend94 on 25 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
Just loved this. I got it on video when it first came out after seeing it at the cinema. Big fan of Lisa Stansfield love her voice and she's not a bad actress too. Of course the lovely Hugo Speer is brilliant, (he of the lunchbox in the Full Monty). It's just a great feel good film. Great story, lots of fun and the music is just brilliant. Also both my hubby and 15yr old son enjoyed it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter W on 7 Feb 2013
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Easy to watch, enjoyable film from the 90s. Don't be put off by dutch subtitles, the DVD player can turn them off and soundtrack is definitely English. Good film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Wonderful film. Music is great and the comedy is terrific. Highly recommendable.
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A top notch movie, with a real story and the best singing voice (Lisa) of any female vocalist ever! It's a keeper in my DVD collection. Defo watch this many times more.
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when I purchased this product I didn't realise that it had sub titles, so this somewhat spoiled my enjoyment of this film.However the sound and clarity are good.
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