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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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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?


Shia LaBeouf had to learn to drive a stick shift for this film. 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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Happy Kid
Written by Caws/Lorca/Elliot
Performed by Nada Surf
Nada Surf appears courtesy of Barsuk Records
Songs as Pets (BMI)/Karmacode (ASCAP)
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Who is giving this a 10?
31 August 2003 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

I don't know who is giving this movie all those 10's. It cannot seriously be based on the quality of the movie. The directors are more talented than they got credit for in the series, but the movie is completely predictable and full of sorry cliches. Shia Lebeouf is a decent actor but, personally, possibly the most annoying person I've ever seen.

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