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War of the Buttons (1994)

The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with ... See full summary »

Director:

John Roberts

Writers:

Louis Pergaud (novel), Colin Welland (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Fitzgerald Gregg Fitzgerald ... Fergus
Gerard Kearney Gerard Kearney ... Big Con
Darragh Naughton Darragh Naughton ... Boffin
Brendan McNamara ... Tim
Kevin O'Malley Kevin O'Malley ... Fishy
John Cleere John Cleere ... Peter
Anthony Cunningham Anthony Cunningham ... Little Con
Thomas Kavanagh Thomas Kavanagh ... Riley
Eveanna Ryan Eveanna Ryan ... Marie
John Crowley John Crowley ... Pat
Stuart Dannell-Foran Stuart Dannell-Foran ... Tich
Danielle Tuite Danielle Tuite ... Fionnuala
Helen O'Leary ... Helen
Yvonne McNamara Yvonne McNamara ... Maeve
John Coffey John Coffey ... Geronimo
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Storyline

The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, throwing stones and cutting off their opponents buttons etc. And sometimes they go to battle completely naked and exposed. In one such scene about 30 boys return from a battle to celebrate victory at a barn-house only to find some girls waiting for them and they get very embarrassed at losing their privacy. Written by yusufpiskin

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Most wars last years. This one has to be over by dinner.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Coffey, who plays Geronimo, later became the head coach of the Terenure College SCT. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the second skirmish, the Carricks have Tim treed. When a scout tells Geronimo that Fergus is coming, Geronimo orders Brendan and Chick to keep Tim up the tree while the rest of the Carricks hide to trap Fergus. Two slender, blonde boys keep their slingshots trained on Tim (30:02 to 30:11) while the others hide. The third skirmish begins when the Carricks come across Tim sitting alone on top of a large stone arch. Spotting a concealed Bally, Geronimo orders Brendan and Chick to drag Tim down while he and the rest of the Carricks charge the Ballys in hiding behind them. This time, two completely different boys, a heavyset sandy haired boy and a tall brown haired boy run toward Tim (at around 2 mins) while the rest turn and charge the Ballys. See more »

Quotes

Fergus: Little Con, bark.
Little Con: What?
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Connections

Referenced in What's Up Doc?: Episode #3.5 (1994) See more »

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Great Story for the Whole Family
24 July 2003 | by bjonesSee all my reviews

Wonderful, interesting story of a growing rivalry between young boys in two neighboring Irish small towns. This film is supposed to be based on the book, "La Guerre Des Boutons" by Louis Pergaud. The story, casting, acting and locations were perfect. One strong suit is the beautiful scenery filmed on location in Ireland. I really like this film. It seems few people who reviewed it actually watched it as none of the reviews I read even matched the film's content. I would have liked to have seen the one big battle scene played down as it seemed a bit over the top but other than that this was a pure joy to watch.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra dos Botões See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,930, 1 October 1995

Gross USA:

$12,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,712
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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