Children of Glory (Szabadság, szerelem)
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Children of Glory (Szabadság, szerelem)
Set against the backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the Hungarian water polo team beats the Russian team during the Melbourne Olympic Games in a match that was one of the bloodiest in the sport's history.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sports-movie clichés and war-movie clichés go together like oil and water polo, but there's no denying the power of this inspiring (mostly) true story."
‑ Matt Singer, Time Out Chicago
"The 1956 Hungarian Revolution is the setting for this enjoyable drama in which love triumphs over evil."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"While no masterpiece, Children of Glory never has a dull moment. The seemingly CGI-free streetfighting, with revolutionaries facing deadly Soviet tanks, packs an explosive punch (courtesy of action and stunt legend Vic Armstong)."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"With a fascinating setting against the momentous 1956 Hungarian revolution, this story keeps our interest even as the filmmakers throw every conceivable movie genre at us."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A Hollywood-friendly version of these tragic events, with the star water polo player Karcsi (Ivan Fenyo) forced to choose between possible Olympic glory and his loyalty to student revolutionary girlfriend Viki (Kata Dobo)."
‑ Thomas Dawson,
"A worthy subject and some impressive sequences, but Children Of Glory is a would-be epic emerging as a clumsy culture clash."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"Light on facts but heavy on bombast, this is a stirring tribute to a doomed generation."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine
"Like Verhoeven's recent Black Book it offers a thrilling ride through recent European history modelled on the Hollywood blockbuster but infused with a particular European sensitivity."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Legendary screenwriter Joe Eszterhas brings his sledgehammer touch to this heartfelt movie about Hungary, the embattled country of his forebears."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Coming across like Doctor Zhivago with water sports, this sweeping drama tells of a romance between the star player of Hungary's invincible water polo team and a young radical caught up in the country's 1956 uprising."
‑ , Total Film
"If nothing else, it's probably the best water polo film ever made."
‑ Dan Stewart, Little White Lies
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