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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The revolution will not be televised! 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?


During the battle sequence in the opening of the movie, the actors playing the German soldiers, including 'Shia Labeouf' disguised as one, all took lessons on how to speak German properly prior to filming of the scene. See more »


When Kelly is talking to Miner just before the wedding starts, the epaulet on his jacket goes from being untucked to tucked under the collar even though both of his hands are on the bicycle. 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 Eagle Eye (2008) See more »


False Start
Written and Performed by 84 Nash
From the album A Secret Reward
2003 Insect Siren Records
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Typical Crap
24 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

You would think that Project Greenlight would bring in talent that at the very least is different than the crap we already see. This movie represents the lack of imagination and ability to tell the same old coming of age story in a different way. The goofy kid comes of age without really experiencing a dam thing. It wasn't funny; it wasn't inspiring, it wasn't worth seeing.

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