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Szabadság, szerelem (2006)

At the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the Hungarian water polo team faces off against the Russians in what will become known as one of the bloodiest matches in the sport's history.

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Falk Viki
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Sándor Csányi ...
Vámos Tibi
Károly Gesztesi ...
Telki edzõ
Ildikó Bánsági ...
Karcsi anyja
Tamás Jordán ...
Karcsi nagyapja
Viktória Szávai ...
Hanák Eszter
Zsolt Huszár ...
Gál Jancsi
Tamás Keresztes ...
Ács Imi
Péter Haumann ...
Feri bácsi
Daniel Gabori ...
Józsika (as Gábori Dániel)
Róbert Marton ...
Kardos Márton (Compó)
Kornél Simon ...
Abonyi Gyula (Báró)
Krisztián Kolovratnik ...
Fazekas Sándor (Frank)
Antal Czapkó ...
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Children of Glory will commemorate Hungary's heroic Revolution of 1956, and takes place in Budapest and at the Melbourne Olympic Games in October and November of that year. While Soviet tanks were destroying Hungary, the Hungarian water polo team was winning over the Soviets in the Olympic pool in Melbourne, in what has been described as the bloodiest water polo match in history. Written by Anonymous

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Several members of the real 2000/2004/2008 Olympic champion Hungarian Waterpolo team portray Hungarian and Soviet players in the movie: Bulcsú Székely, Péter Biros, Zoltán Szécsi, Gergely Kiss, István Gergely, Attila Vári. See more »

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There are two versions of the movie. A shorter version is missing some violent shots when the Soviet tank is destroyed in the alley, showing Russian soldiers burning alive. Karcsi's little brother dies in this scene as one of the soldiers see him running with the pistol and shoots him. His death was probably removed for the sake of a better PG rating, for the film to be shown at schools and in television. However it's a little bit odd that this character simply disappears from the story. See more »

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Freedom Is the Greatest Gift of All
26 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

In Budapest, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is beginning while the water polo team is training for the Melbourne Olympic Games. The player Karcsi Szabó (Iván Fenyö) meets the revolutionary student leader Viki Falk (Kata Dobó) and they fall in love for each other. When the Soviet force withdraws Budapest, Karcsi decides to rejoin the team and travel to Melbourne to participate in the Olympic Games. However, a larger Soviet force returns and invades Budapest, killing thousands of Hungarians and suppressing the resistance. Meanwhile, Karcsi and his team dispute the "Blood in the Water" match against the Soviets.

"Szabadság, Szerelem" is an impressive movie about two historic facts: the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the "Blood in the Water" match in the Melbourne Olympic Games. The director Krisztina Goda and the writers Joe Eszterhas, Éva Gárdos, Géza Bereményi and Réka Divinyi succeed in promoting the Fiftieth Anniversary of the bloody revolution in his country, unknown for many people, through an engaging and full of emotions movie developed in a perfect pace. The dramatic story uses the romance and chemistry of two charismatic characters performed by Iván Fenyö and the gorgeous Kata Dobó associated to sports, more specifically water polo, and a magnificent team of actors, actresses and stunts, to disclose the foregoing historic events. The cinematography, art decoration and costumes give a wonderful reconstitution of Hungry in the 50's, associated to a stunning and touching soundtrack and great special effects. The story concludes with golden key with the wise message that "freedom is the greatest gift of all". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Sangue nas Águas" ("Blood in the Water")

Note: On 30 January 2016 I saw this movie again.


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