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War of the Buttons (1994)

The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Fitzgerald ...
Gerard Kearney ...
Big Con
Darragh Naughton ...
Kevin O'Malley ...
John Cleere ...
Anthony Cunningham ...
Thomas Kavanagh ...
Eveanna Ryan ...
John Crowley ...
Stuart Dannell-Foran ...
Danielle Tuite ...
Helen O'Leary ...
Yvonne McNamara ...
John Coffey ...


The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble with parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, wielding sticks & slingshots. It's a battle of strategic skills for the opposing leaders, Including one scene in which the principal gang uses an ancient war trick to overcome their opponents with successful and itchy results. Written by Kendall Blake <bluebird90@hotmail.com>/Mick DeLeon

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


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Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra dos Botões  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,930, 29 September 1995, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Producer David Puttnam was so impressed by Liam Cunningham in this film that he recommended him to executive producer Philip David Segal for the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who (1996). Segal saw the film and was similarly impressed. For a while, Cunningham was seriously considered for the Doctor, but it eventually went to Paul McGann. See more »


When Fergus is walking towards Geronimo, the rabbit that he is holding switches hands between shots. Fergus holds the rabbit upright with the nape of its neck between the fingers of one hand and holding its broken rear leg in his other hand. The nape of its neck is in his left hand at 54:56, in his right hand from 55:00 to 55:14, and in his left hand from 55:16 to 55:30. See more »


Geronimo: Why did we do it?
Fergus: What?
Geronimo: Why did we fight?
Fergus: For the hell of it. What else is there?
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Referenced in Game-On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Irish boys engaged in an epic struggle
4 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this one a lot! That's basically due to the amount of kids and the depiction of the Irish countryside as the main setting. All the actors - without exception - do a perfect job. I especially liked the moldering tension between Geronimo and Fergus, the two leaders. The way the two gangs clash into each other is both amusing and absorbing. The movie has a tremendous amount of natural, genuine charm to it. It is both sincere and blithe. There ought to be more movies like this one. Entertaining and intriguing at the same time, with some nice twists and unexpected events. The cultural dimension, as the movie takes place in Ireland, is another argument to see it. Friendship and fidelity are some of the main themes. Just to recommend for an entertaining evening.

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