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A War of Children (1972)

Two families in Belfast, one Protestant and one Catholic, find that their long-standing friendship is threatened by the escalating sectarian violence that surrounds them.


George Schaefer


James Costigan
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Merchant ... Nora Tomelty
Jenny Agutter ... Maureen Tomelty
John Ronane John Ronane ... Frank Tomelty
Anthony Andrews ... Reg Hogg
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Ian McCullum
Aideen O'Kelly Aideen O'Kelly ... Meg McCullum
Danny Figgis Danny Figgis ... Donal Tomelty
David G. Meredith David G. Meredith ... Robbie McCullum
Patrick Dawson Patrick Dawson ... Seamus Lynch
Cathleen Delany Cathleen Delany ... Mrs. Doyle (as Cathleen Delaney)
Maura Keeley Maura Keeley ... Woman in Shop
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Mr. Fiske
Des Nealon Des Nealon ... British Lieutenant (as Desmond Nealon)
Pat Laffan ... British Soldier
Conor Evans Conor Evans ... British Soldier


Two families in Belfast, one Protestant and one Catholic, find that their long-standing friendship is threatened by the escalating sectarian violence that surrounds them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

5 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Krieg der Kinder See more »

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Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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Friends and families affected and torn apart by the NI troubles in different situations
31 October 2015 | by jctellyaddictSee all my reviews

I recently saw this brilliant true film this year and was overwhelmed by the great storyline, acting and action. It was thought provoking and gave me new perspectives and new education relating to the Troubles in NI in the 60s - 70s. I was born in late 70s so I didn't know how bad things were in the early 70s on both sides of the conflict. It was the different circumstances throughout the film that led to different situations for families and friends. It was sad to see how a great friendship between 2 families (one was Catholic and one was Protestant) before the conflict 0 and then their friendship was torn apart overtime because of certain circumstances and situations as the NI Troubles escalated. I got emotional several times throughout the film eg when the nice Catholic mum becomes a hardcore republican and the 2 wee boys friendship breaking up. What really got me overwhelmed was the true love story which was the strong relationship between a Catholic girl and a British soldier which was threatened several times by the girl's own family and community and how the Catholic girl's mum (who was hardcore republican) disapproved her daughter's relationship with the British soldier and the girl's mum actually tarred and feathered her own daughter - heartbreaking movie but contains one of my all time favourite love stories about the relationship between the British soldier and a Catholic girl. I still get emotional thinking about this movie but will definitely watch it again and I definitely recommend it as it is dramatic, thought provoking, educational and making viewers see both sides of the coin. Younger people from Northern Ireland should watch this as it will show them how bad it was in the early 70s and you can see both sides of the coin on different situations and circumstances.

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