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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher McDonald was originally cast in the role of Abe, but the role was recast (due to a scheduling conflict) and given to William Sadler the day before Abe's first scene was to be shot. McDonald was shown on Project Greenlight (2001) coming to the set for a wardrobe fitting mere hours before he was replaced. See more »

Goofs

When asked who owns the WW2 Jeep, Kelly Ernswiler replies, "The MG? She's mine." Jeeps in WW2 were either referred to as an MB or a GPW, depending on which company built it (Willys Overland or Ford, respectively). MG is a British sports car brand name. 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

Referenced in Eagle Eye (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Frivolous Distribution of Sundries
Written and Performed by Irving
Courtesy of Eenie Meenie Records
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Harmless enough
8 October 2003 | by slane0See all my reviews

This movie demonstrates that you cannot make movies by committee. You need a clear vision of the end product before you begin, which these directors obviously didn't have. But it's harmless enough. I didn't laugh. I didn't cry. I've seen much, much worse.


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