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Few knew that Stalin spent his last night in the arms of a young Australian woman. Few still knew that their "love-child" brought Australia to the brink of civil war. Until now ...

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Joe - 8 Years (as Ben McIver)
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Few knew that Stalin spent his last night in the arms of a young Australian woman. Few still knew that their "love-child" brought Australia to the brink of civil war. Until now ... Written by Anonymous

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What do you do when your father is no ordinary Joe? See more »

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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30 April 1997 (USA)  »

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A forradalom gyermekei  »

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$35,227 (USA) (2 May 1997)

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$830,608 (USA) (4 July 1997)
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A newspaper refers to the "LEA" several scenes before Young Joe forms this organization. See more »

Quotes

Stalin: Yuri, have you been smoking?
Yuri Nikolayev: No, Comrade Secretary.
Stalin: [sniffs air] Who has been smoking?
Yuri Nikolayev: Punin. Pezyriv. Slepak. Druchin. Yermolinsky.
Stalin: [pats Yuri's back] Good.
Yuri Nikolayev: Askenov.
Stalin: Ah.
Yuri Nikolayev: [turns to leave, continues denouncing people] Troepolski. Ezvekov.
Stalin: Good.
Yuri Nikolayev: [walking away] Yegorov.
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Very Good
25 August 2012 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

As many of the other reviews suggest, if you have ever been a lefty or if your parents were lefties you will enjoy this film. You really do need to have some familiarity with the vocabulary of socialism in the 1930s and 40s to fully appreciate how good this film is. The German film "Goodbye Lenin!" (2003) touches the same sort of themes.

So, anyway, the script well written, literate and just a bit edgy, the way Australian films often are. The back story is wonderful and is ably developed by Sam Neil, Judy Davis and F. Murray Abraham. To my eye the cast has given a back story a wonderful 1940s or 50s feel. Sam Neil is good, as always, and remind me of James Mason. Judy Davis is good the way she is always good and reminded me of Betty Davis. F. Murray Abraham's performance actually reminded me of Claude Raines.

This film works on many levels and Richard Roxborough and Rachel Griffiths are very good but I as am more familiar with Russian communist dogma and American films from the 40s and 50s, I am sure I missed a lot when the film turned its attention to contemporary Australian politics and the civil service.

I loved the way the "International" was used in the sound tack. Of course it had to be there but I really liked the way it was used here.


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