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War of the Buttons (1995)





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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Louis Pergaud, Colin Welland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 1996
Warner Home Video


Liam Cunningham
as Schoolmaster
Colm Meaney
as Geronimo's Dad
John Coffey
as Geronimo
Paul Batt
as Gorilla
Dervla Kirwan
as Adult Marie
Danielle Tuite
as Fionnuala
Karl Byrne
as Mickey Moon
Barbre Dowling
as Geronimo's Mum
Rory White
as Bernard
Bairbre Dowling
as Geronimo's Mum
Alan Devlin
as Mr. Riley
Brid McCarthy
as Mrs. Riley
Pat Laffan
as Mr. Connor
Ruth Hegarty
as Mrs. Connor
Jim Bartley
as Fergus's Dad
Ger Ryan
as Fergus's Mum
John Olohan
as Fat Pat's Dad
Frank Kelly
as Gorilla's Dad
Martin Dunne
as Willie's Dad
Frank Grimes
as Christian Brother
Helen Montague
as Tich's Mum
Brendan Cauldwell
as Carrickdowse Priest
Donncha Crowley
as Police Sergeant No. ...
Maurice O'Donoghue
as Police Sergeant No. ...
Frank O'Sullivan
as Fisherman No. 1
Eamon Hunt
as Fisherman No. 2
Jack Lynch
as Mr. Riley's Friend
Maureen Bennett
as Master's Wife
Helene Montague
as Tich's Mum
Brendan Caldwell
as Carrickdowse Priest
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Audience Reviews for War of the Buttons


Very enjoyable, yet hard to find movie. I rented this many years ago, just on a whim. I was pleasantly surprised.

Cynthia S.

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This is a movie from my childhood. A personal favorite. LOVE IT!

Leo L

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My uncle showed us this one and I loved it! Of course I love Ireland as well so watching this was a joy!!!!!

Tasha Elliott

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