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Children of Glory (2006)

Szabadság, szerelem (original title)
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.


Krisztina Goda


Joe Eszterhas (screenplay), Éva Gárdos (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kata Dobó ... Falk Viki
Iván Fenyö ... Szabó Karcsi
Sándor Csányi Sándor Csányi ... Vámos Tibi
Károly Gesztesi Károly Gesztesi ... Telki edzõ
Ildikó Bánsági Ildikó Bánsági ... Karcsi anyja
Tamás Jordán Tamás Jordán ... Karcsi nagyapja
Viktória Szávai Viktória Szávai ... Hanák Eszter
Zsolt Huszár Zsolt Huszár ... Gál Jancsi
Tamás Keresztes Tamás Keresztes ... Ács Imi
Péter Haumann Péter Haumann ... Feri bácsi
Daniel Gabori Daniel Gabori ... Józsika (as Gábori Dániel)
Róbert Marton Róbert Marton ... Kardos Márton (Compó)
Kornél Simon Kornél Simon ... Abonyi Gyula (Báró)
Krisztián Kolovratnik Krisztián Kolovratnik ... Fazekas Sándor (Frank)
Antal Czapkó Antal Czapkó ... Prokop


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 »


In the semi-finals match at the 1956 Olympics, the Soviets wore dark caps, while the Hungarians had white ones. See more »


Falk Viki: What are you doing here?
Szabó Karcsi: Looking for you.
Falk Viki: I'm not here for you.
Szabó Karcsi: Why not? You don't know what I'm like.
Falk Viki: Here. Carry it.
[offers him the flag but he doesn't take it]
Falk Viki: See? That's what you're like.
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Freedom Is the Greatest Gift of All
26 September 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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Hungarian | Russian | English

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6 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Joe Eszterhas Project See more »

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