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Children Of Glory Review

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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.

★★★★★

Okay, it’s foreign and historical - but with Joe Eszterhas as screenwriter-producer, not surprisingly this account of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution is heavy on bombast and a little light on fact.

Focused around the country’s Olympic water polo team, who got involved in the bloodiest game in the sport’s history against the USSR soon after that empire crushed their nation’s rebellion, this recasts the team captain (Fenyö) as a reluctant revolutionary in love with a radical (Dobó).

With tragedy, excitement, sex and violence en route to the finals, this is a stirring tribute to a doomed generation.

Light on facts but heavy on bombast, this is a stirring tribute to a doomed generation.

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