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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 »

Director:

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 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.


Certificate:

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, 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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Trivia

A French remake with the same title "war of the buttons" was remade in 2011 set in the french countryside. 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

School Master: By the way, what was the joke back there, I could do with a laugh?
Fergus: I messed up my clothes a bit last night, and my mammy, said she'd send me to school bare-assed.
School Master: I find that prospect more horrifying than amusing.
Fergus: Yes sir, but its just given me a funny idea.
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Connections

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

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warm, lovely little film
26 May 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

WAR OF THE BUTTONS is a warm film that exudes a wonder and zest seldom seen in even so-called family films. The parable-like movie concerns a feud between two factions of boys in an Irish village, the trophies of war being the buttons the boys cut from captured enemies' clothing. As the battles grow, we see how the rivalry goes back even further than the boys, to their parents' childhoods. Nothing heavy-handed or profound, but a perceptive view of childhood with a great lesson gently imparted. See it!


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