War of the Buttons

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Overview

Rival groups of boys from two neighboring Irish villages engage in a running battle in this remake of the 1962 French movie of the same name, based on a novel by Louis Pergaud. The boys from Ballydowse, who dress as they please, exchange insults with boys from nearby Carricksdowse -- who wear school uniforms. One day, the Bally gang cuts the buttons off the clothes of a bully in the Carricks gang. The Carricks retaliate by swiping the buttons from the clothes of the leader of the Bally boys, Fergus Gregg ...
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Overview

Rival groups of boys from two neighboring Irish villages engage in a running battle in this remake of the 1962 French movie of the same name, based on a novel by Louis Pergaud. The boys from Ballydowse, who dress as they please, exchange insults with boys from nearby Carricksdowse -- who wear school uniforms. One day, the Bally gang cuts the buttons off the clothes of a bully in the Carricks gang. The Carricks retaliate by swiping the buttons from the clothes of the leader of the Bally boys, Fergus Gregg Fitzgerald. The Ballys deface the Carricksdowse church, though both groups are Catholics. They rout the Carricks by charging at them naked. Marie Eveanna Ryan, who heads the Ballys' girls auxiliary, tries to calm down the boys by raining new buttons on them to replace those lost in warfare. When Fergus' abusive stepfather Jim Bartley finds out about the war, he beats Fergus and sends him away. Fergus goes to the cliffs along the valley between the two villages, chased by the Carricks' leader, Geronimo John Coffey. Geronimo, who has come to help, slips, and Fergus rescues him from a fall. In the end, Fergus, riding a horse, leads his troops, dressed in motley medieval suits, into a final battle. The allegorical anti-war film is primarily aimed at children. ~ Michael Betzold
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 883316277676
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,647

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Cunningham Schoolmaster
Gregg Fitzgerald Fergus
Colm Meaney Geronimo's Dad
John S. Coffey Geronimo
Eveanna Ryan Marie
Paul Batt Gorilla
Thomas Kavanagh Riley
Dervla Kirwan Voice Only
Brendan McNamara Tim
Gerard Kearney Big Con
Kevin O'Malley Fishy
Anthony Cunningham Little Con
John Cleere Peter
Stuart Dannell-Foran
Karl Byrne Mickey Moon
Barry Walsh Willie
Derek O'Leary Brendan
Niall Collins Chick
Daragh Naughton
Johnny Murphy Jonjo
Barbre Dowling Geronimo's Mum
Alan Devlin Mr Riley
Pat Laffan Mr Connor
Ger Ryan Fergus' Mum
John Olohan Fat Pat's Dad
Frank Kelly Gorilla's Dad
Martin Dunne Willie's Dad
Frank Grimes Christian Brother
Donncha Crowley Police Sergeant
Maurice O'Donoghue Police Sergeant
Frank O'Sullivan Fisherman
Jack Lynch Mr Riley's Friend
Declan Mulholland Priest
Maureen Bennett Master's Wife
Helen Montague Tich's Mum
Brendan Cauldwell Carrickdowse Priest
Technical Credits
John Roberts Director
Jim Clark Editor
Jim Clay Production Designer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
David Freeman Editor
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Zavier Gelin Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Peter Hutchinson Special Effects
Stephane Marsil Producer
David Nichols Producer
Steve Norris Associate Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Colin Welland Screenwriter
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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Bravo!!! The movie is back.

    I remember Siskel and Ebert reviewing this movie and telling the audience to see it. They both agreed it was a great movie. It is one of my all time favorites. It's so endearing, a wonderful children and teen movie with an innocence you don't see in movies anymore. It has the same kind of innocence as the movie "Breaking Away".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    One of the best Irish films yet

    Whoah! This movie is wonderful!!! I first saw it several years ago, and fell in love with John Coffey. He is a great actor! Now I own the film and can't get enough of it. It is great! I hope to see more of these fine looking actors in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    Alas, can my review do justice?

    I remember seeing this movie on a Sunday around 1996. Let's see, I was a 6th grader...and, not to be obnoxiously redundant, I fancy John Coffey (Geranimo) and Gerard Kearney (Big Connor). This movie is absolutely amazing, but at times I wish it wasn't so obscure. Perhaps I can find a copy of the French novel is was based on and give it a whirl as well. If you haven't seen this movie, you haven't lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    so awesome!!

    The War of the Buttons was one of the best movies i ever saw. Fergus is the best!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    The best movie I've ever seen !

    You can't get better than this ! A great movie for children to adults and is a real comedy. It's not fair ! Why does everyone have to fancy Geronimo ! He's mine, ya hear !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    The War of the Buttons totally rocks

    I am so obsessed with this movie! Gregg Fitzgerald (Fergus) and John Coffey (Geranimo) are so gorgeus. It's such a good movie, even for Americans. See it, it's soo good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    A fun Irish movie

    The War of the Buttons is the best movie ever! The Irish boys have no rules even if it comes to popping buttons off eachothers' clothing! It is fun to watch and has excellent morals. Fergus is hot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    Pale remake of the French original

    Too bad Yves Robert's original noir-et-blanc film from 1962 is not available on DVD. Wonderful story by Pergaud has lost a bit of its French touch with Irish setting, but nonetheless is worth seeing and good incentive for reading even better book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    War of the Buttons

    He´s mine!!!!!!!!!! so dont talk about him!!! or i´ll kill ya, LOL, ok i needed to do that!! Geronimo´s mine 4 eva!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    War of the Buttons

    yeah, he´s so gorgeous!! and i loved the movie, i watch it like every day lol, jk!! but i really enjoyed it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    War of the Buttons is a wonderful Irish movie

    The War of the Buttons, a wonderful movie set in Ireland raised my spirits with its cheery tunes and clever morals. In my opinion, John Coffey, who played Geronomo in this delightful movie, was the best, classey, yet intemidating, John showed a Geronomo that I could never even hope to see again, (plus he's really hot.) I give this movie as many thumbs up as there are actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    wonderful child's movie!

    I absolutely love this movie. I use to think Geronimo was the cutest boy ever! I believe that this is worth seeing for anyone. Does anyone know where any pictures of John Coffey are available?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    The Best Movie in my life

    Hi !!! my name is Elizabeth and I swear to god War of The buttons is the best movie in all the times... it's the best ... but theres a problem.. If War Of The Buttons is the best, not is avaible in dvd?? Thnx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    The Best

    This movie is wonderful. This has to be one of the top 5 children's movies ever. Even adults will enjoy as it never is condescending towards children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Funny !!!!!!

    This movie is great. I found it really funny, its a must see. This is about a group af boys from Ballydouse Ireland who fight a slingshot, stick and wit war. But among the Ballies is a traitor who will do anything to get revenge..... I strongy recomend you see this lovable movie. You'll want to watch it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    a wonderful way to spend an evening

    This movieabsolutely lovely. Funny and meaningful, but still fairly smart. There is a lot to enjoy for everyone. A great compromise movie for men and women.

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