Children of Glory details
|Starring:||Kata Dobo, Ivan Fenyo, Sandor Csanyi, Karoly Gesztesi, Ildiko Bansagi|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Original title||Szabadság, szerelem|
Children of Glory
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Aug 2008|
|Main languages:||Hungarian, Russian, English|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Decent Olympic dramaBy Breeno (10 reviews) from Cambridge , 11 Aug 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Interesting movie set in Hungary during the 1956 revolution set around the Olympic water polo team of that eventful year.
From the screenwriter of such Hollywood hits (and misses) as Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and er... Showgirls, and the producers of such massive hits as Terminator, it's not exactly what you'd expect, but is entertaining.
Not quite the 'Lives of Others meets Chariots of Fire' that the DVD cover suggests, but you're unlikely to see a better Hungarian water polo drama this year...
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Too Hollywood to be taken seriouslyBy Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 15 Sep 2013This could have been so good but there are too many explosions and it is too romanticised and basically too pro-Western to be taken seriously as anything more than anti-Communist rhetoric. The Free Hungary Radio broadcast that says''the radio has been lying to you, but we promise to tell the truth' might have been a call to unqualified scepticism but it is presented in such a 'don't trust them, trust us' way that it loses all vigour. However, the essential message that no matter what your ideology, your heroes will screw you once you've served your purpose, is plain. As is the propaganda value of international sport.
marco- polo!By kevil9 (120 reviews) from Glasgow , 08 Dec 2009This is a film which I think has been a little unfairly maligned due to the association of Joe Esterhas. Yes he has a monstrous ego and was paid obscene amounts for trashy scripts, but in the past he also wrote Music Box so I guess there's been a yearning to be involved in a similar kind of project post WW2.
The blurb claiming 'Lives of Others meets Chariots of Fire' is unfortunate in some respects as this is not really about the water polo. It is an interesting period in communist repression and the colour palette and period detail and locations give a real sense of authenticity. The film loses a a bit of balance as it is so heavily focused on the fight against oppression that the coda of the Olympic polo match lacks for something,even though the grudge against the russian oppressors is all too evident.
All in all a decent enough film which few will have seen and many will avoid because of the name Esterhas. For those are willing to try world cinema there's enough to justify adding this title to rental list
We have no ideaBy fyldelass (42 reviews) from london , 21 Nov 2009We read of conflicts in our newspapers and cannot imagine what it's like to be in the middle of it; neither do we even think beyond the words written. Each time I see a film such as this one I feel extremely guilty but am happy to learn the story and we should know, if only for those who died.
Of course, this is not an Oscar winner, it's a boy sporting hero meets resistance girl film but it is a tribute to the Hungarians of that generation who stood up against the Soviet bullies in 1956. It also reveals the story behind the famous 'Blood in the Water' water polo semi - final in Melbourne.
It's an action movie worth seeing.
Dont mind the subtitles!By Charco (14 reviews) from Derry , 01 Jul 2009Good film based on the true story of the all conquering 1956 Hungarian Water Polo team but with a little poetic licence or embellishment.
The film stays true to it's setting in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution against Russian Communist oppression and tells the story of the rising by the students and the days of fighting that followed. The new president, the old president, the Russian surrender and their return, and the Water Polo team's olympic battle... With the obligatory love story!
Both a good historical story and a decent sports movie.
Hungarians at it againBy a customer from Midlands , 03 Mar 2009Not a bad film, but a bit long and im not really sure why they had to be water polo players? Also, the action was sort of jump cut, in that it was action stitched together with some clumsy quiet moments. A european film from the 1980s really.
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