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  • Actors: Iván Fenyö, Kata Dobó, Sándor Csányi, Károly Gesztesi, Ildikó Bánsági
  • Directors: Krisztina Goda
  • Producers: Andrew Vajna, Tamas Zakonyi
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4DI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nationalistic pride and communist oppression meet head to head at the 1956 Olympic games. Set against the backdrop of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, the story follows Karcsi Szabo (Ivan Fenyo), the star player and captain of the Hungarian water polo team, due to play at the Olympics in Melbourne that summer. At first reluctant to become involved in the nationalistic fervour sweeping his country, Szabo's head is turned when he comes across a demonstration calling for Hungarian independence led by Viki Falk (Kata Dobo), and is immediately struck by the red-headed beauty. As he attempts to win her over, his eyes are opened to the political struggle taking place around him, but the budding seeds of democracy are smashed when the Russian army enters the country to violently suppress the fledgling revolution. With conditions deteriorating for his countrymen, Szabo discovers that Hungary will play the U.S.S.R. at the upcoming Olympic Games in Australia, a game that will allow his team an opportunity to right a wrong, and symbolically vanquish their oppressors.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Beadle on 7 Dec. 2008
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Bearing in mind that Hungary is still striving to achieve an economic level can that compare with "the West", I had reckoned this film would deal with an important story, but be let down by bare stage sets and other shortcomings resulting from minimal funding. It turned out to be nothing short of a real good film, an heroic, moving portrayal of an heroic event I fear some of us know pitifully little about. Shame on us! The Hungarians have put their souls in to this film. The least we can do is to listen to what they have to say.

At the time, in 1956, the Hungarian Revolution was a headline international event that brought out demonstrations in the streets of the capital cities throughout Europe and elsewhere.
In fear of making the cold war colder however, the leaders of the West, with President Eisenhower at the top of the list, did little or nothing to support the Hungarian cry for freedom.
This (in my opinion) highly accurate portrayal of events seen through typical roles at the time is still a cry for attention from "the West".
The role played by women in the forefront of the fighting for freedom is an aspect well worth noting.
The question is, have we in "the West" learned enough in the fifty years that have evolved to be able listen to what really happened in Hungary in 1956? I recommend you to look and learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TRA on 29 July 2014
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One must be prepared for a considerable amount of vulgarity and bad language in parts of the film, particularly at the beginning. This may merely reflect the predominant culture at the time when the film was made (2006), or may represent an endeavour to show the type of people portrayed in the film.

This is what causes the film to lose one star, for me.

In other respects, it is an extremely well-made depiction of aspects of the 1956 uprising of the Hungarian people against the oppression by the Soviet occupiers of their country and by those Hungarians who chose to collaborate in implementing this terror regime.

Within a context that the film-makers strive to make as historically-accurate as possible (both as regards the revolution and the country's water polo team, especially the match against the Soviet Union in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics), there is a (presumably-fictional) love story that does serve to bring together the above two themes.

Having recently visited Budapest, I was pleased to recognise streets and major buildings that are still there (and indeed the film was principally shot in Budapest). Some shots also looked very much like the "House of Terror", one of the headquarter buildings of the State terror police, now converted into a museum.

The soundtrack of the film is in Hungarian, with English subtitles that seem totally satisfactory, although, not knowing any Hungarian, I am not able to check their accuracy.

The DVD includes an interesting "Making Of" documentary that is just under 25 minutes long. Here again, the soundtrack is mostly in Hungarian, but the subtitles display the oddity of being in very poor English, with occasional words that are not understandable, as well as spelling mistakes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By calmnsense on 18 Aug. 2008
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When a big Hollywood budget takes on modern Hungarian history, one has a right to expect a superior film and "Children of Glory" does not disappoint. Backed by the Hollywood producer/Hungarian prodigal son Andy Vajna, this is one of the slickest Hungarian films (in fact, a multi-country co-production) ever made. It is extremely well-acted, well-shot and with the gripping story of the Hungarian water polo team's pursuit of gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics overlaid with the country's uprising against the Soviets, it has an epic tale to justify the film's cost. One of the most under-rated and overlooked foreign films of the past few years, "Children of Glory" conveys the distinct courage and undying spirit of one of Europe's most unique peoples, the Magyars (Hungarians).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 16 Mar. 2009
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OK...I'm biased....the events had an impact on my very existence! But having a life long interest on the Hungarian uprising of 1956 I was pleasantly surprised at how well the film was made. Maybe some artistic licence (but not as much as say in Michael Collins)...but nevertheless a quality film. My only regret is that it should have been a TV mini-series. It seemed it was over all too quickly.

Highly recommended!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RD VINE VOICE on 29 April 2009
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A love story set to the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution. Karsci is a successful water polo player who is part of the national team. The sport is his whole life and also how he provides for his family. Needless to say the team is closely monitored by the Soviets and their priviledges come at the cost of staying in line. Viki is a young woman whose family was killed by the Soviet police. When news breaks that the Poles are revolting against the Russians she joins the agitators in Hungary to fight for the country's independence.
The two make an unlikely pair but thrown together in a time of equal amounts of hope, despair and violence they develop a strong bond.
A very good movie with excellent acting and special effects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 20 Oct. 2009
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A magnificent movie, which is very moving on the Hungarian rising. The moment when they pass the tanks on the road out of Hungary is shocking.
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