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The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Comedy  |  22 August 2003 (USA)
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A young war reenactor makes a friend on the battlefield who helps him use strategy to take on his high school enemy. Driven by newfound confidence, he seduces the friend's fetching older ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Ernswiler (as Shia La Beouf)
Maurice / German Soldier
Miner Weber
Dale R. Simonton ...
Todd / German Soldier (as Dale Simonton)
Mr. Norway
Principal Holmstead
German Officer / Mr. Thomas
Xiou-Xiou Ling


A young war reenactor makes a friend on the battlefield who helps him use strategy to take on his high school enemy. Driven by newfound confidence, he seduces the friend's fetching older sister and risks the friendship. Reality intervenes when the illness of his ex-addict father forces the anger his irony masks to the surface and he has to decide if staying in a fantasy world is worth the consequences. Written by Anonymous

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When you're 17, every day is war See more »


Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Shaker Heights  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,693 (USA) (22 August 2003)


$279,282 (USA) (12 September 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shia LaBeouf had to learn to drive a stick shift for this film. See more »


The position of the lawnmower on the lawn in subsequent shots at the end of the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Maurice: [in German] I have to take a leak.
Kelly: [holding a knife to his neck from behind] Ssh.
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Referenced in Caught on Camera: Viral Videos: Fact or Fiction? (2012) See more »


A Frivolous Distribution of Sundries
Written and Performed by Irving
Courtesy of Eenie Meenie Records
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25 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if it was the script...or the directing...or the behind the scenes things that the Hollywood Producers did that we don't know about...but I didn't like this film...mainly because I didn't believe it...I didn't believe one minute of this film...everything seemed fake. Project Greenlight has now used 2 scripts that people don't want to see...There wasn't one scene in Shaker heights that rang true to me...

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