Children of the Revolution Poster

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: September 2nd, 2003

R|1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary
After organizing a successful campaign to prevent Australia from outlawing the Communist Party in 1951, activist Joan Fraser (Judy Davis) is invited by Joseph Stalin (F. Murray Abraham) to visit Moscow. During her trip, Joan sleeps with Stalin -- who dies the same night -- and also with spy David Hoyle (Sam Neill). Joan returns home pregnant and marries admirer Zachary Welch (Geoffrey Rush), but she remains unsure whether Stalin or Hoyle is the father of her son, Joe (Richard Roxburgh).

Cast: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, F. Murray Abraham, Russell Kiefel, John Gaden

Director: Peter Duncan

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Miramax

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Duncan zips through five decades and dozens of characters without reducing the participants to cliches or slogans. A remarkable cast helps him to keep focused on the core of the piece. show more

  • The scenes with Stalin and his frightened underlings, his giddy yes-men tip-toeing around him, are written and directed by Duncan with a grace, agility and comic deftness one rarely is treated to at the movies these days. show more

  • That Duncan can't come up with a satisfying ending and lets the story drift into a confusing polemic is hardly surprising. He's guilty of overreaching -- interrupting his very sly satire with quasi-serious thoughts on the end of Soviet communism. show more

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