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The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Fitzgerald ...
Fergus
Gerard Kearney ...
Big Con
Darragh Naughton ...
Boffin
Brendan McNamara ...
Tim
Kevin O'Malley ...
Fishy
John Cleere ...
Peter
Anthony Cunningham ...
Little Con
Thomas Kavanagh ...
Riley
Eveanna Ryan ...
Marie
John Crowley ...
Pat
Stuart Dannell-Foran ...
Tich
Danielle Tuite ...
Fionnuala
Helen O'Leary ...
Helen
Yvonne McNamara ...
Maeve
John Coffey ...
Geronimo
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The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, wilding sticks and catapults and cutting off their opponents buttons etc. Once they go to battle completely naked. In one such scene about 30 naked boys are chasing boys from the other village to the lake only to find some girls waiting for them and they get very embarrassed. Written by Kendall Blake <bluebird90@hotmail.com>

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Most wars last years. This one has to be over by dinner.


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A Guerra dos Botões  »

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The parents of one of the boys in this film took a court action to prevent this film being released. The grounds for their action were that their son's naked buttocks could be seen in the film. the action was dismissed on the grounds that they (the buttocks) didn't appear on screen long enough to allow identification and also that the parents should have raised their objection before the scene was filmed. See more »

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After the third skirmish, the Ballys get dressed in the boathouse/HQ and air some complaints to Fergus. Peter, is wearing a green and black coat with a light blue shirt buttoned up except for the collar in medium shots (from 40:33 to 40:34 and 40:39 to 40:40), but is shown with his shirt completely unbuttoned revealing his undershirt in a longer shot (40:43 to 40:45) which cuts back to the closer shot with his shirt buttoned (40:46). Another unbuttoned longer shot subsequently appears (40:52 to 40:53). See more »

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Riley: Im not paying good money to stand in the toilets.
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Version of La guerre des gosses (1937) See more »

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Unexpectedly endearing
3 July 2001 | by (Phila, USA) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much from this film when I rented it. Another Improbable Hero Kid movie?

The fine point of it is: No. If you run screamin' at the mention of Home Alone or Goonies, you needn't be afraid of a movie like this.

The kids impart a genuine, unself-conscious mood to everything in the film, contributing in large part to its subtle and pervasive good humor. I marvelled at the creativity of the Ballydowse kids, and was at the same time satisfied that their rivals were never reduced to mindless obstacles to rouse our sympathy.

As we can see the war from the kids' view, we can see its reflection in their parents, and of course, in adults everywhere. But the film keeps its subtlety here too; we're never beaten over the head with the analogy, but given the right views to delight in it - their creativity and intelligence belongs to all ages.

My one reservation is the soundtrack; it's manipulative and lacks the subtlety of the rest of it.

Three favorite scenes: Little Con breaking his eggs and marooned for a bit with the Carrick boys, the teacher translating Riley's passed note, and the carousal and tractor.


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