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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.

Director:

Yves Robert

Writers:

Louis Pergaud (novel), François Boyer (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jacques Dufilho 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
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Storyline

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.

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tres funny, tres zesty, very unbuttoned

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 April 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Buttons See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Remade as War of the Buttons (1994) See more »

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Unforgettable movie: kids games
27 July 2001 | by dlkumlerSee all my reviews

This unforgettable movie about poor, rural French kids who battle each other as representatives for the "republic" or for the "monarchy" in the woods after school. The loser has his buttons knifed off by the winner; since the loser has only 1 pair of trousers he must ask his mama to sew on his buttons.... This "simple" outcome has stuck with d me for 20 years--this great simple film that explores how children unwittingly play out their parents' point of view and how that affects their developing identity. It is wondrously un-American: it's not about individuality triumphing over; it is a view of a world that America has never filmed or explored: one where poor people have character but are condemned to repeat unwinnable battles of the past.


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