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War of the Buttons (1994)

The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with ... 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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The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, throwing stones and cutting off their opponents buttons etc. And sometimes they go to battle completely naked and exposed. In one such scene about 30 boys return from a battle to celebrate victory at a barn-house only to find some girls waiting for them and they get very embarrassed at losing their privacy. Written by yusufpiskin

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


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Trivia

The parents of one of the boys in this film took a court action to prevent this film being released. The grounds for their action were that their son's naked buttocks could be seen in the film. the action was dismissed on the grounds that they (the buttocks) didn't appear on screen long enough to allow identification and also that the parents should have raised their objection before the scene was filmed. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the second skirmish, the Carricks have Tim treed. When a scout tells Geronimo that Fergus is coming, Geronimo orders Brendan and Chick to keep Tim up the tree while the rest of the Carricks hide to trap Fergus. Two slender, blonde boys keep their slingshots trained on Tim (30:02 to 30:11) while the others hide. The third skirmish begins when the Carricks come across Tim sitting alone on top of a large stone arch. Spotting a concealed Bally, Geronimo orders Brendan and Chick to drag Tim down while he and the rest of the Carricks charge the Ballys in hiding behind them. This time, two completely different boys, a heavyset sandy haired boy and a tall brown haired boy run toward Tim (at around 2 mins) while the rest turn and charge the Ballys. See more »

Quotes

Little Con: Hey lads, I think I feel a bit whoosy.
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Featured in What's Up Doc?: Episode #3.6 (1994) See more »

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Heartwarming "slice of life" tale set in the jeweled beauty of Ireland
28 October 1998 | by irishgrlSee all my reviews

I was entranced by this perky, quirky tale. My teenage daughter even more so. A wonderful family film, but a treat for all lovers of anything Irish, regardless of age.

Three scenes in particular were memorable: The "rain" of buttons Marie bestows on the Bally boys in their HQ, the look that passes between Fergus and Marie after the Bally boys successfully routed their "enemies" by charging them sans clothing, and the exchange between Fergus and Geronimo when Geronimo asks why the "war" ever started in the first place.

The youngsters are believable in their portrayals, and the beauty of Ireland was a treat for the eyes.


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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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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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