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War of the Buttons (1994)

The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble... See full summary »

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John Roberts

Writers:

Louis Pergaud (novel), Colin Welland (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Fitzgerald Gregg Fitzgerald ... Fergus
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 & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble with parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, wielding sticks & slingshots. It's a battle of strategic skills for the opposing leaders, Including one scene in which the principal gang uses an ancient war trick to overcome their opponents with successful and itchy results. Written by Kendall Blake <bluebird90@hotmail.com>/Mick DeLeon

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


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Japan | USA

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, 29 September 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,712
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

After the third skirmish, the Ballys get dressed in the boathouse/HQ and air some complaints to Fergus. Peter, is wearing a green and black coat with a light blue shirt buttoned up except for the collar in medium shots (from 40:33 to 40:34 and 40:39 to 40:40), but is shown with his shirt completely unbuttoned revealing his undershirt in a longer shot (40:43 to 40:45) which cuts back to the closer shot with his shirt buttoned (40:46). Another unbuttoned longer shot subsequently appears (40:52 to 40:53). See more »

Quotes

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

Version of War of the Buttons (1962) See more »

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Thank God that this wasn't a Hollywood movie!
11 August 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Ireland is developing quite an interesting film industry. In "War of the Buttons", the children from rival towns are always sparring over buttons. They come up with every neat way to get revenge on each other. One of the reasons that this movie was so interesting was because it wasn't one of these situations where against all odds the ragtag team beats the big guys with all the money; in this case, they were equally matched. Also, we get to see how the Irish are trying to revive their culture: the schools are teaching the native Irish language. The only two cast members whom I recognized were Colm Meaney and Milo O'Shea, but the the whole cast did quite well. An excellent movie.


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