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The Trotsky (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky starts a revolution against apathy among his fellow students.


Jacob Tierney


Jacob Tierney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liane Balaban ... Nadza
Jay Baruchel ... Leon Bronstein
Taylor Baruchel Taylor Baruchel ... School Girl #2
Dan Beirne ... Dan (as Daniel Beirne)
Domini Blythe ... Mrs. Davis
Jonathan Bosco Jonathan Bosco ... Horne (Kid in Costume)
Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc ... Female Cop
Justin Bradley Justin Bradley ... Jimmy
Geneviève Bujold ... Denise Archambault
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Anna Bronstein
Jesse Camacho ... Skip
Cecile Cristobal Cecile Cristobal ... TV Reporter Haiyan Zhang
Darren Curtis Darren Curtis ... Taxi Driver
Paul Doucet ... Male Cop
Guy Dufaux Guy Dufaux ... Homeless Person


Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Papa's clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term 'student union', determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest and change the world. Written by Alliance Films

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La révolution, ça commence au secondaire See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Jay Baruchel's sister, Taylor Baruchel, not only has a supporting role in this film, but shares a birthday with the real Leon Trotsky. See more »


When Frank is telling Leon about his (Frank's) experience with protests in the U.S., his listing of events is comically inaccurate. For example, he says there were "massive demonstrations all over the U.S. during the middle of the Kennedy Administration" -- when protests over Vietnam did not begin until the Johnson Administration. He also says that "Woodstock and Patty Hearst" were contemporaneous when the Woodstock Festival was in 1969 and Patty Hearst was kidnapped in 1974. See more »


Frank McGovern: I don't think you need a lawyer.
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Crazy Credits

After credits a usually confused Leon is seen walking up to a bench and sitting on it in a jump suit. See more »


Spoofs Barbarella (1968) See more »


On the Steppes
Performed by Yuri Petrov
Courtesy of Analekta c/o Chris Stone Audio
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User Reviews

Pretty good in general
17 April 2011 | by MyrPrauneSee all my reviews

I enjoyed The Trotsky, most of it anyway. I liked the fact that it doesn't take its audience as complete illiterate and assumes that you would catch some of the historic references. I prefer that than having everything spelled out for me. Jay Baruchel is just creepy enough, without becoming really scary in his obsession with being the real Leon Trotsky. I was rather uncomfortable with the relationship with Alexandra; that was one of the drawbacks of the movie. I loved the portrayal of Montreal with the English and the French intermingling in conversation and everyday life - even if it's not at all the main point of the movie. My main critic would go to Geneviève Bujold, who plays a commissioner of the school board, or something like that. I don't think I've ever seen such overacting before. She was awful. I always heard people say how she was a great actress, well, I did not see that here. I could not stop thinking how bad she was every time she was opening her mouth. Even every gesture she was making was over the top. Anyways, she doesn't have a huge role, so it didn't really spoil the movie. All in all, I enjoyed it and I would see it again.

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Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD6,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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