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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 »


When Karcsi first meets Viki at the university on 23 October, he says "szia" to her, which is equal to "hi" in Hungarian. It's an anachronism because this kind of greeting was not yet used on that day. It came to use a few hours later, and indeed Karcsi could have been one of the first Hungarians to use it. The word "szia" had been invented by water polo boys in the very place where Karcsi and his team also trains in the movie: the Csaszar swimming pool on the afternoon of 23 October 1956. The usual greeting between friends was "szervusz" at that time (still used as a more formal, but still intimate courtesy), coming from the Latin "servus" meaning something like "I am your servant". These water polo boys thought they need some "revolutionary" to replace the old-fashioned "szervusz", so they made up "szia", or "sziák" when addressing multiple persons. When they went home, they taught all the passengers on the tram to the new words. People liked the idea and and "szia" spread in Budapest like wildfire. The "sziák" form has been phased out by "sziasztok" in a short time, which is still in use today. 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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The Film could have included at the end that the players could or did not return to Hungary and what they did and where they are today.
6 September 2011 | by pandvmannSee all my reviews

The film ends at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne but it would have been better if it went on to name the Hungarian Water Polo team (including the coach) and disclose how some of the players could not return to Hungary as they were classed as Freedom Fighters.After the Olympics two of the players came to Western Australia and both captain coached individual water polo sides Anton Bolvari coached Melville and Imrie Tacosh coached Fremantle.

It should be noted that these two people improved the standard of Australian Water Polo and should be named as honorable members in the Australian Sports Hall of Fame for the development work they did.

I would like to know where both Anton and Imrie are today and if they have since returned to their home land of Hungary.Perhaps somebody out there knows the full story and would be kind enough to let me know.

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6 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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