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Children of the Revolution (1996)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Joan
Sam Neill ... Nine
F. Murray Abraham ... Stalin
Richard Roxburgh ... Joe
Rachel Griffiths ... Anna
Geoffrey Rush ... Welch
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ... Barry Rogers
John Gaden John Gaden ... Prof. C.W. 'Wilf' Wilke
Ben McIvor ... Joe - 8 Years (as Ben McIver)
Marshall Napier ... Brendan Shaw
Ken Radley Ken Radley ... Bernard Shaw
Fiona Press ... Mavis Craig
Alex Menglet ... Yuri Nikolayev
Rowan Woods Rowan Woods ... Col Slansky
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe ... Ted
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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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A red comedy about the ultimate party animals. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A forradalom gyermekei See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,227, 4 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$830,608, 6 July 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Neill was discovered by James Mason, who helped him to get work in American and European films. In that way, Mason's role in their relationship paralleled that of his character from A Star Is Born (1954). In that film, the actress he discovers is played by Judy Garland. Judy Davis played Garland in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001). She also later played Nancy Reagan in The Reagans (2003). Mason's son, Morgan, worked for the Reagan administration. Geoffrey Rush also has a connection to Mason. He played Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Sellers and Mason had appeared together in Lolita (1962). Sellers was also once engaged to Liza Minnelli. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Alexander Nevsky Cantata
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by "Latvija" Chorus / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Conducted by Kurt Masur
Courtesy of Teldec International
By arrangement of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd, and Performed by a Berlin Choir
Conducted by Wolf Dieter Hauschild
Courtesy of Berlin Classics/'Edel' Company Hamburg, Germany
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Well Done Comedy/Drama
20 January 2005 | by stevergy2000See all my reviews

As a son who grew up in a family of communists, I found this movie very insightful: the twists and turns of what fervent idealists took to be worker's paradise through the 50s, 60s, 70s and then to the end of the dream in the late 80s/early 90s was very well portrayed, especially with Judy Davis' stalwart commitment, which was portrayed quite sympathetically; the dark side of her family relationships was also poignantly sketched, as were her son's struggles with history: both global and personal; all in all, a superb blend of the comic and the dramatic: a genre it's very easy to screw up and is rarely, if ever, handled as deftly as it was here.


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