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The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

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A young war reenactor makes a friend on the battlefield who helps him use strategy to take on his high school enemy. Driven by newfound confidence, he seduces the friend's fetching older ... See full summary »

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Erica Beeney

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Kelly Ernswiler (as Shia La Beouf)
Elden Henson ... Bart Bowland
Amy Smart ... Tabby
Billy Kay ... Lance
Kathleen Quinlan ... Eve
Shiri Appleby ... Sarah
William Sadler ... Abe
Ray Wise ... Harrison
Philipp Karner ... Maurice / German Soldier
Anson Mount ... Miner Weber
Dale R. Simonton Dale R. Simonton ... Todd / German Soldier (as Dale Simonton)
Michael McShane ... Mr. Norway
Hattie Winston ... Principal Holmstead
Rick Cramer ... German Officer / Mr. Thomas
France Nuyen ... Xiou-Xiou Ling
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Storyline

A young war reenactor makes a friend on the battlefield who helps him use strategy to take on his high school enemy. Driven by newfound confidence, he seduces the friend's fetching older sister and risks the friendship. Reality intervenes when the illness of his ex-addict father forces the anger his irony masks to the surface and he has to decide if staying in a fantasy world is worth the consequences. Written by Anonymous

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The revolution will not be televised! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Shaker Heights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,693, 24 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$279,282, 14 September 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

LivePlanet,Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch was offered the role of Kelly but passed. See more »

Goofs

The position of the lawnmower on the lawn in subsequent shots at the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maurice: [in German] I have to take a leak.
Kelly: [holding a knife to his neck from behind] Ssh.
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Connections

Spun-off from Project Greenlight (2001) See more »

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Fairlee
Written by Matthew Pond
Performed by Matt Pond PA
Courtesy of Polyvinyl Records
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Just Bad
10 October 2003 | by FredSavageSee all my reviews

Shia can act. William Sadler can act. Kathleen Quinlan can act. Amy smart can act. Actors do what directors tell them to do, they must trust the vision of the director(s). That is where this picture went terribly wrong.

I saw the 7:45 show at Denver's Chez Artist Theater. This was the last day of the run and the second to last show. There were three other people in the audience. At $8.50 a ticket that's a whopping $34 for that screening. (hardly the $20K Rick Schwartz wanted).

I had read the original script and the changes made to the script. Frankly I wasn't incredibly inpressed. I watched Project Greenlight and made 2 noteworthy observations. The directors wer very petty and unprofessional. Project Greenlight seemed to be more concerned with creating drama for their reality show than they were in creating a quality film.

In comparison I did watch the first season of Project Greenlight and Stolen Summer. Stolen Summer, as a finished product, was a much better movie than I expected. Shaker Heights wasn't.

In the battle of Shaker Heights the character of Kelly wasn't likeable. He was a disrespectful smart ass in school. He treated his dad like a leper. The attractive girl in the supermarket that liked him he threw canned goods at. Why did she like him? Most reactions looked over acted. Characters didn't act in believeable ways. I was never pulled into the story.

The opinions of the final film expressed by the producers in the final make me wonder if they have made a career of winging confidently talking out of their butts.


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