War of the Buttons


1h 35m 1963

Film Details

Also Known As
La guerre des boutons
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1963
Production Company
Productions de la Guéville
Distribution Company
Bronston Distributions; Comet Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La guerre des boutons by Louis Pergaud (Paris, 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

The boys of the provincial villages of Longeverne and Velrans are rivals; and open conflict breaks out between the two groups when two Longeverne boys are insulted by the Velrans boys, although the meaning of the insult is really not understood. Buttons become the prize of war, and each captive is stripped of all he possesses until the Longeverne boys led by Lebrac attack nude and deliver a crushing defeat. But there is a traitor among the Longeverne boys, and, as they are celebrating their victory at a feast, the Velrans boys led by Aztec attack and completely rout them. The traitor is discovered and punished, but he informs the elders, thus causing all the Longeverne boys to be punished. Lebrac, however, escapes to the woods and eludes searchers for 4 days. He is captured, and both he and the leader of the Velrans boys are sent to reform school for waging war without sanction.

Film Details

Also Known As
La guerre des boutons
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1963
Production Company
Productions de la Guéville
Distribution Company
Bronston Distributions; Comet Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La guerre des boutons by Louis Pergaud (Paris, 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Opened in Paris in April 1962 as La guerre des boutons; running time: 90 min. Previously filmed as Generals Without Buttons (France, 1938).