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Children of the Revolution -- This outrageous comedy won outstanding critical acclaim for its wild humor and award-winning cast of stars!
Children of the Revolution -- 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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Judy Davis ... Joan

Sam Neill ... Nine

F. Murray Abraham ... Stalin

Richard Roxburgh ... Joe

Rachel Griffiths ... Anna

Geoffrey Rush ... Welch
Russell Kiefel ... Barry Rogers
John Gaden ... Prof. C.W. 'Wilf' Wilke

Ben McIvor ... Joe - 8 Years (as Ben McIver)

Marshall Napier ... Brendan Shaw
Ken Radley ... Bernard Shaw
Fiona Press ... Mavis Craig
Alex Menglet ... Yuri Nikolayev
Rowan Woods ... Col Slansky
Barry Langrishe ... Ted
Ron Haddrick ... Sir Allan Miles
Graham Ware Jr. ... Harry (as Graham Ware Jnr.)
Robbie McGregor ... Minister Frank
Heather Mitchell ... Mrs. Savage
Paul Livingston ... Beria
Dennis Watkins ... Khrushchev
Steve Abbott ... Malenkov (as Steven Abbott)
Charles Little ... Doctor
Matt Potter ... Tommy Booth
Harold Hopkins ... Police Commissioner
Sam Willcock ... Ivan
Craig Blair ... Prison Guard #1
Stephen Shanahan ... Prison Guard #2

Roy Billing ... Police Sergeant
Philip Dodd ... Policeman Brian
John Paramor ... Policeman Davo
Michael Kitschke ... Policeman #1
Glen Keenan ... Constable
Marian Dworakowski ... Yuri's Colleague #1
Waldemar Gorechi ... Yuri's Colleague #2 (as Waldermar Gorecki)
Ben Slivkin ... Yuri's Colleague #3
Nick Holland ... Reporter #1 (as Nicholas Holland)
Stephen Feneley ... Reporter #2
Elspeth MacTavish ... Mary Nield, Reporter #3
Paul Lyneham ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luke Carroll

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself - Handshake with Reagan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Václav Havel ... Himself - Speaks Into Microphone (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Handshake with Gorbachev (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself - at Lenin's Tomb (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Duncan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Duncan  written by

Produced by
Tristram Miall .... producer
Greg Ricketson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nigel Westlake 
Cinematography by
Martin McGrath 
Film Editing by
Simon Martin 
Casting by
Peter Duncan 
Robyn Kershaw 
Production Design by
Roger Ford 
Art Direction by
Laurie Faen 
Set Decoration by
Kerrie Brown 
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
Makeup Department
Nik Dorning .... prosthetic makeup artist
Ann-Maree Hurley .... prosthetic makeup artist
Wendy Sainsbury .... additional makeup artist
Wendy Sainsbury .... prosthetic makeup artist
Yvonne Savage .... hair stylist
Yvonne Savage .... wig stylist
Bec Taylor .... assistant hair stylist
Bec Taylor .... makeup assistant
Kirsten Veysey .... makeup artist
Kirsten Veysey .... prosthetic makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Graham .... assistant unit manager (as Bob Graham)
Grayden Le Breton .... assistant unit manager
Simon Martin .... post-production supervisor
Will Matthews .... unit manager
Laurie Pettinari .... assistant unit manager
Greg Ricketson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Leacey .... third assistant director
John Martin .... second assistant director
Elizabeth Reidy .... assistant director attachment
P.J. Voeten .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Baldwin .... set finisher
Kane Barwick .... construction assistant
Josh Black .... construction runner
Giles Bradbury .... painter
Herman Brown .... carpenter
Martin Bruveris .... painter
Danny Burnett .... construction manager
Gregory Commerford .... painter
Frank Falconer .... set finisher
Gordon Finney .... carpenter
Glen W. Johnson .... additional set dresser
Kate Joyce .... painter
Eugene Land .... carpenter
Tracey Moxham .... art department coordinator
Dan Potra .... storyboard artist
Faith Robinson .... prop buyer
Faith Robinson .... set dresser
Murray Simmance .... carpenter
Jeremy Sparks .... carpenter
Andrew Staig .... construction crew
Patrick Thompson .... carpenter
Jonathon Tidball .... assistant props buyer
Sarah Tooth .... graphic art director
Stephen Tulloch .... carpenter
Susan Ward .... additional art department
George Zammit .... stand-by props
Dan Potra .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Emmma Barham .... second boom operator (as Emma Barham)
Gethin Creagh .... dubbing mixer
Antony Gray .... sound effects editor
Phil Heywood .... dubbing mixer
Rick Lisle .... adr engineer
Fiona McBain .... boom operator
Delia McCarthy .... sound attachment
Nada Mikas .... sound attachment
Wayne Pashley .... adr editor
Jane Paterson .... atmosphere editor
Julie Pearce .... foley recordist
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
Guntis Sics .... sound recordist
John Simpson .... foley artist
Libby Villa .... dialogue editor
Matt Villa .... assistant dialogue editor
Jenny T. Ward .... assistant supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
John Bowring .... special effects
Peter Luczak .... effects printing
Ken Phelan .... effects makeup
David Roberts .... additional special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... optical effects manager
Ken Phelan .... digital scanning
John Pope .... effects printing
John Pope .... film recording
Charlie Revai .... computer graphic artist
Robert Sandeman .... digital effects manager
Richard Boué .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Boue)
Nash Edgerton .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Agganis .... Steadicam operator
Brandon Batten .... camera attachment
Danny Batterham .... camera operator
Angela Buckingham .... camera attachment
Damian Church .... camera attachment (as Damien Church)
Katrina Crook .... additional focus puller
Colin Deane .... additional focus puller
Tim Duggan .... electrician
Michele Duval .... clapper loader (as Michelle Duval)
Lorrie Graham .... production photographer
Manfred Hnilica .... electrician
Susan Hoerlein .... camera attachment
Peter A. Holland .... electrician (as Peter Holland)
Adam Hunter .... electrician
Philip Le Masurier .... still photographer
Martin Lee .... Steadicam operator
Owen Maguire .... camera attachment
Brett McDowell .... key grip
David Parkinson .... gaffer
Ian Phillips .... focus puller
Greg Rawson .... best boy electric
James Rickard .... additional focus puller
Clive Rippon .... electrician
Graham Sharpe .... camera operator: rostrum camera
John Tate .... assistant grip
Philippa Veitch .... camera attachment
Casting Department
Jane Dawkins .... extras casting assistant
Gabrielle Healy .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isobel Carter .... stand-by wardrobe
Wendy Cork .... costume attachment
Mel Dykes .... costume supervisor
Suzanne Head .... costume constructor
Andrew Infanti .... costume assistant
John Power .... costume constructor
Kirsten Smallbone .... costume attachment
Susan Waters .... costume constructor
Editorial Department
Leo Bahas .... negative cutter
Martin Connor .... first assistant editor
David Gillies .... on-line editor
John Lee .... assistant editor
Tony Manning .... color grader
Music Department
Christo Curtis .... orchestra recording engineer
Ron Layton .... orchestral manager
Rudolf Osadnik .... orchestra leader (as Rudolph Osadnik)
David Stanhope .... conductor
Carl Vine .... music copyist
Jan Loquet Westlake .... assistant to composer
Nigel Westlake .... music producer
Nigel Westlake .... orchestrator
Christine Woodruff .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Adam Pinnock .... vehicle wrangler
Other crew
Peter Arena .... stand-in: F. Murray Abraham
Libby Blainey .... title designer
John Bowring .... armorer
James Bramley .... production accountant
Georgina Burle .... film researcher
Trish Cameron .... secretary to producer
Kate Dennis .... continuity
Tony Gibbs .... insurer
David Haines .... stand-in: Geoffrey Rush and Richard Roxburgh
Maude Heath .... location manager
Megan Humphries .... stand-in: Judy Davis
'Aussie' Auslan Ismail .... location manager (as Auslan Ismail)
Robyn Kershaw .... producer's attachment
Peter Kobicek .... unit assistant (as Peter Kodicek)
Fiona Lennard .... unit nurse
George Mannix .... safety report
Simon Martin .... script editor
Galea McGregor .... continuity attachment
Alison Meir .... production assistant
Sarah Milsome .... production secretary
Christine Moran .... assistant accountant
John O'Connell .... choreographer
Ian Russell .... laboratory liaison
Robert Simper .... safety report
Catie Stephen .... unit nurse
Sandy Stevens .... production coordinator
Sandie Strudwick .... unit nurse (as Sandra Strudwick)
Paul Sullivan .... production runner
Carl Vine .... computer scoring
Graham Ware Jr. .... animal wrangler (as Graham Ware Jnr.)
Damian Woods .... unit assistant
Tom Burstall .... risk manager (uncredited)
Gregory Klumov .... acknowledgment: Russian archival footage
Graeme Wills .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language
101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Continuity: A newspaper refers to the "LEA" several scenes before Young Joe forms this organization.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A satire on personal authority, 4 August 2010
Author: Emil Bakkum from Netherlands, Utrecht

Hello, I support the opinion, that "Children of the Revolution" is a drama film - however interwoven with absurd and impossible situations. These do not make a comedy, no more than the scene of Stalin perfuming his underpants. The choice of Stalin as the leading theme seems to be rather arbitrary. It is certainly not a film against left politics. We see the Vietnam antiwar demonstrations, and an Australian secret agent admitting that he is used to liquidate communist agitators. And the dictators Stalin, Beria and Chrutschov remarkably enthuse over American music. Actually the film seems mainly concerned with unconditional faith, human wickedness and relational collusions. The viewer is constantly reminded that things are not what they seem. In this respect the film strongly reminded me of "The Truman story" - but perhaps this association is purely personal. If any, the theme of the film may be a satire on personal authority (on the other hand, in "The Truman story" it is the immersion in the community, with in the end Truman sailing away to freedom and loneliness). I will now summarize the story, which seems allowed since the films lacks a climax or the building up of suspense. However, if you dislike being given away the clues stop reading now. Jane has been brainwashed into an ardent communist by her father, and for the rest of her life remains stuck into this pattern. She marries a man who is apparently attracted to strong women and without proper will. Her son Joe develops an uncanny desire for imprisonment, and gets married to the cop who repeatedly arrested him. During the story it remains unclear who is the real father of Joe. The suspicion that it might be Stalin completely changes Joes character and behavior. As a union leader Joe succeeds in taking over the power and control of the police force. And with the possession of the legitimated force, he gains control over the state. Eventually his mother brings about his fall after revealing to the public the name of his professed father (Stalin). Subsequently she is murdered by what seems to be an Australian fascist, and Joe is once again imprisoned. This final incident would signal that people are commonly held accountable for their parents deeds. I must admit that this unraveling puzzles me, since an obvious connection to the preceding events appears to be absent. This lack of coherence may be due to an unwise attempt to extend the film message, and thus a neglect of focus. It could be called a qualitative weakness of the film, but perhaps I am wrong and I welcome other explanations. Any way, basically the overall aim must have been to reveal the idiocy of unconditional authority, irrespective of its source, either family, communism, fascism or perhaps religion (with Jane as both the virgin mother and Judas). It rattles the belief in mans good nature, and urges to persevere in free and independent thought. Being a fan of realism, for me it was an interesting sidestep but not really my cup of tea. Sincerely yours, Emil Bakkum

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