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War of the Buttons (1995)





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Two rival gangs of children battle out their differences in a unique manner in this is remake of the 1962 film. It is set in two neighboring villages, Carrickdowse and Bally during an unnamed era in a remote part of southwestern Ireland. Each town has it's own gang of children. The tale is told by Marie, a former Bally girl. The gang in Carrickdowse is very neat. They always wear their school uniforms with neckties. Their leader is Geronimo. The Bally kids are less genteel; they are often dirty and rambunctious. Fergus is their leader. The war begins when insults are thrown when the two gangs meet on a bridge. To retaliate the Ballys deface a church in the other town. Then they capture Geronimo and steal the buttons from his shirt. When the Carricks do the same to Fergus, the war of the buttons commences.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Colin Welland, Louis Pergaud
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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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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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.

Super Reviewer

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

Leo L

Super Reviewer


This was one of my favorite movies growing up. I remember it vividly. It's really wonderful. I need to see it again.

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