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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 ... 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:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-stars Shiri Appleby and William Sadler starred in the TV show Roswell prior to this film. 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 »

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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Bad, but it had potential
1 October 2004 | by KingkrikkitSee all my reviews

The problem with "Project Greenlight" is that it seems like they promote the show more then the movie, and therefore the movie being made takes second in priority. I'm willing to bet that the original "Battle.." screenplay was excellent, and you can see the potential, but they need to have an experienced director, not a newbie. I know they want to give aspiring directors their first break, but somehow it doesn't work... mostly because they walk on to a the set and go "Now what?" because they've never, ever worked on a movie set, unlike most directors whove put in their share of time as a set- grunt, running coffee, helping with equipment, basically getting their feet wet. I think "Battle..." would have been great in the hands of a good director, its too bad for the screenwriter, I hope she gets more work based on the merits of the original screenplay and not ignored because of the movie. I think Amy Smart was wasted (which is terrible, she is so amazing), the storyline had NO flow, there was absolutely ZERO character development. I mean, in the end Shia's character ends up with his "friend" who we barely ever see, as if there was this tentative relationship the whole time... I don't know , this was like a cake with no sugar in it, there was some substance but so much was missing...


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