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The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Comedy | 22 August 2003 (USA)
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2 high school guys, reenacting historic battles, use the learned strategy and team for war on a school bully. One falls for the other's sister/A.Smart.

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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 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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When you're 17, every day is war 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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Details

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:

$42,569, 24 August 2003

Gross USA:

$280,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,351
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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

Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a suburb of Cleveland. 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 Ernswiler: [holding a knife to his neck from behind] Ssh.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

When You're Falling
Written and Performed by the Afro Celt Sound System
Featuring Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd. / Virgin Records Ltd. & Geffen Inc.
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Well done Project Greenlight
29 August 2003 | by phoebecSee all my reviews

For a first time effort for writer and director(s) this was a fine little movie. Million dollar budget, no time, documentary cameras. . . . I think they did just fine. Besides, who else is giving people a shot at getting started in this business? Ben Affleck and Matt Damon could probably avoid a lot of grief if they turned their backs on this whole thing, but they're trying something no one else in Hollywood is right now. Why are the knives out for this movie more than My Bosses Daughter?

Shia is a great actor who probably saved the film in many ways. I enjoyed it. The theatre I was in was full, and people were laughing. I wouldn't buy the DVD, but I certainly think it was worth my time and money. I hope Project Greenlight continues, and maybe they pick directors by asking them to do a scene from their favorite script. Then we might find people who are more comfortable with the material.


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