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War of the Buttons (1962)

La guerre des boutons (original title)
The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.


Yves Robert


Louis Pergaud (novel), François Boyer (adaptation)
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Cast overview:
Jacques Dufilho ... L'Aztec's father
Yvette Etiévant ... Lebrac's mother
Michel Galabru ... Bacaillé's father
Michèle Méritz ... L'Aztec's mother
Jean Richard ... Lebrac's father
Pierre Tchernia ... Bédouin
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... School teacher
Claude Confortès Claude Confortès ... Nestor the postman
Paul Crauchet ... Touegueule
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... A countryman
Yves Peneau Yves Peneau ... Le préfet des études / The prefect
Robert Rollis Robert Rollis ... Le père de 'Migue la Lune' / Migue la lune's father
Louisette Rousseau Louisette Rousseau ... Bacaillé's mother


For generations, two rival French villages, Longueverne and Velrans, have been at war. But this is no ordinary conflict, for the on-going hostilities are between two armies of young schoolboys. When he is beaten by his father for having lost his buttons, the leader of the Longueverne army, Lebrac, has an idea which will give his side the advantage: next time, he and his brave soldiers will go in battle without their clothes. Written by yusufpiskin

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tres funny, tres zesty, very unbuttoned


Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


The gang of Lebrac and Petit Gibus sings the first section of the Le chant du départ after their victories. The composer José Berghmans uses the theme by Étienne-Nicolas Méhul at one point in his music. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German re-release (1984) was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 6" rating. This re-release version was used for all subsequent home video releases. The uncut version was released as a bonus feature on the 2005 DVD release (with the missing scenes in French with German subtitles, despite the fact that the complete film was dubbed in 1962). See more »


Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.32 (1961) See more »

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The very first movie I ever saw in a theater
3 July 2004 | by sansaySee all my reviews

I don't even recall how old I was when I saw this movie. Probably 7 or 8 years old. The thing is, I never forgot having seen it there, with a bunch of other kids from the orphanage where I was growing up. And I never forgot that I had one of the best times going to the theater and watching it. But a lot of the story was fuzzy in my memory, as I am 47 at the time of this writing. And watching it again last week made me aware of how much there was that I didn't get at the time... the gravity of what the children had done, repeating the silly behaviors of adult, but with a child's perception of the world. Yes, it is funny, and charming, a close up to children's world, with its naive, fresh outlook, its joys and sorrows. Very enjoyable!!!

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18 April 1962 (France) See more »

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