War Of The Buttons


1h 30m 1994

Brief Synopsis

In a quiet corner of South West Ireland lies a wide stretch of tidal water. On opposite sides of the water nestle the villages of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse: sleepy places which wake from the sound of the fishermen at their nets, the swish of wash fluttering in the breeze, and reassuringly, unmistakably, to the crescendo of children on their way to school. Large and small, tough and timid, buttoned up from head to toe, they tumble from their homes into the streets. But all is not quite as it seems. For an undeclared war exists between the Carricks and the Ballys and, though many of the townsfolk don't know it yet, battle lines have already been drawn. On one side stands the leader of the Ballys, Fergus, and his crew of loyal followers. Set against them is the head of the Carricks, Geronimo, and his gang. In the utterly serious world of childhood, a rivalry flourishes that will send ripples through two communities before it is over.

Film Details

Also Known As
Guerre des boutons, ca recommence, La, Knappkriget, La Guerre des boutons
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adventure
Family
Adaptation
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

In a quiet corner of South West Ireland lies a wide stretch of tidal water. On opposite sides of the water nestle the villages of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse: sleepy places which wake from the sound of the fishermen at their nets, the swish of wash fluttering in the breeze, and reassuringly, unmistakably, to the crescendo of children on their way to school. Large and small, tough and timid, buttoned up from head to toe, they tumble from their homes into the streets. But all is not quite as it seems. For an undeclared war exists between the Carricks and the Ballys and, though many of the townsfolk don't know it yet, battle lines have already been drawn. On one side stands the leader of the Ballys, Fergus, and his crew of loyal followers. Set against them is the head of the Carricks, Geronimo, and his gang. In the utterly serious world of childhood, a rivalry flourishes that will send ripples through two communities before it is over.

Crew

Robert Abreu

Caterer

Brian Aldridge

Propman

David Anderson

Rerecording

David Appleby

Photography

Cate Arbeid

Production Coordinator

Mickey Bacon

Property Master

Kevin Barry

Other

Brian Bishop

Scenic Artist

Steve Bohan

Construction Manager

Leo Brennan

Other

Rona Buchanan

Assistant Editor

Judi Bunn

Assistant

Darragh Byrne

Animal Trainer

Ken Byrne

Other

Lian Callhehan

Wardrobe Assistant

Tom Camarda

Production Assistant

Lisa Canty

Art Assistant

Mary Casey

Assistant Editor

Isabelle Casez

Other

Peter Cavaciuti

Steadicam Operator

James Clark

Consulting Editor

Jim Clay

Production Designer

Reg Cobbing

Production

David Coley

Production

Brian Collins

Caterer

Michael Collins

Props

Patricia Collins

Caterer

Clodagh Conroy

Art Assistant

John Conroy

Other

Tanya Cooper

Assistant

Sean Corcoran

Camera

Arthur Cox

Advisor

Con Cremins

Accountant

Paul Cridlin

Sound

Ray Cross

Sound

Dan Crowley

Sound

Dominic Crowley

Other

Sean Crowley

Driver

John Curtis

Generator Operator

Ted Dabrera

Driver

Cleo Darby

Wardrobe Assistant

John Davies

Other

Bruno De Keyzer

Director Of Photography

Bruno De Keyzer

Dp/Cinematographer

Pamela Deasy

Art Assistant

Shane Deasy

Other

David Dekeyzer

Camera Trainee

Joelle Dominique

Hairdresser

Kevin Draycott

Special Effects

Michael Duffy

Other

Amanda Dunne

Casting Associate

Arthur Dunne

Transportation Manager

John Dunne

Driver

Pat Egan

Driver

Mark Egerton

Assistant Director

Nigel Egerton

Wardrobe Assistant

Judy Farr

On-Set Dresser

Judy Farr

Production

Hinrich Finken

Carpenter

Jacky Fitt

Other

Dave Fitzjohn

Other

Benedict Flynn

Casting Associate

David Freeman

Editor

Louise Frogley

Costume Designer

Ian Fuller

Sound Editor

Jacqueline Gamard

Script Supervisor

John Geary

Production

Xavier Gelin

Executive Producer

Patrick Goodwin

Other

Martin Goulding

Caterer

John Greaves

Storyboard Artist

Charlie Green

Other

Annabel Hands

Other

Dan Harte

Carpenter

Philip Harvey

Assistant Art Director

John Hayward

Rerecording

Nick Heckstall-smith

Assistant Director

Patrick Hegarty

Production

Dominique Henri-perez

Makeup Supervisor

Brendan Hoare

Driver

Suzanne Hodford

Other

Bridget Holding

Production Assistant

Maurice Holly

Carpenter

Amy Hubbard

Assistant

John Hubbard

Casting

Ros Hubbard

Casting

David Hurley

Construction

John Hurley

Production

Malcolm Huse

Grip

Peter Hutchinson

Special Effects Supervisor

John Ireland

Editor

Robert Ireland

Assistant Sound Editor

David John

Sound

David John

Sound Mixer

Paul Jones

Driver

John Kavanagh

Driver

Kerry Hope Kavanagh

Casting Associate

Peter Kelly

Caterer

Valerie Kemp

Assistant

Victor Keoge

Driver

Liz Kerry

Location Manager

Martin Kingsley

Propman

Patricia Kirkman

Makeup Artist

Eddie Knight

Best Boy

Ann Launders

Casting Associate

Michel Lefrancois

Gaffer

Nicolas Lemessurier

Rerecording

Dave Long

Driver

Patricia Long

Driver

Lee Lighting Ltd

Lighting

Peter Lynch

Driver

Mary Maguire

Other

Nancy Manningham

Dialogue Coach

Stephane Marsil

Executive Producer

Brian Masterson

Sound

Adrian Mccarthy

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Denis Mccarthy

Props

Tom Mccarthy

Carpenter

Paddy Mcdermott

Assistant Location Manager

John Mcevoy

Carpenter

Alastair Mcmillan

Assistant Engineer

Malachi Mcnulty

Other

Rose Mcnulty

Medic

Alan Mcpherson

Electrician

Stewart Monteith

Electrician

Nomi Moore

Casting Associate

Edward Mortlemans

Special Thanks To

Matt Mulcahy

Other

Tara Murphy

Other

Mike Murray

Other

Marian Nealon

Other

Christine Newell

Assistant Sound Editor

Declan Newman

Sign Writer

David Nichols

Executive Producer

David Nichols

Coproducer

Matthew Nish

Production Assistant

Tommy Nolan

Props

Steve Norris

Associate Producer

Anneliese O'callaghan

Casting

William O'connell

Other

Gemma O'donovan

Other

Ger O'donovan

Welder

Catherine O'flaherty

Office Runner

Niall O'h-uadhaigh

Other

Niall O'h-uadhaigh

Driver

Tim O'mahony

Carpenter

Maeve O'neill

Office Runner

John O'regan

Production

Damien O'shea

Carpenter

Eoin O'sullivan

Construction

John Ott

Driver

Louis Pergaud

Source Material

Mark Pilkington

Other

Dominique Pinto

Camera Operator

Patsy Pollack

Production Associate

Rachel Portman

Music

Emma Pounds

Assistant Director

Greg Powell

Stunt Coordinator

David Puttnam

Producer

Darren Quinn

Camera

Jason Quirke

Caterer

Des Redmond

Carpenter

Yves Robert

Coproducer

Michael Ronan

Other

Gene Rooney

Casting Associate

Natasha Ross

Assistant Director

Liam Saurin

Sound

Ron Savory

Generator Operator

John Scott

Wardrobe Supervisor

Chris Seagers

Art Director

Emer Shaw

Other

George Shembri

Other

John Shepherd

Carpenter

David Snell

Music Conductor

Clare Spragge

Wardrobe Assistant

Graham Stickley

Production

Jaqueline Stuffell

Hairdresser

Rob Sutton

Carpenter

Gerry Toomey

Production Manager

John Trehy

Production Associate

John Trehy

Post-Production Supervisor

Kevin Trehy

Accounting Assistant

Padraig Trehy

Production Assistant

Bob Turner

Driver

John Verling

Other

Helen Walsh

Other

Ian Weatherley

Wardrobe

Christy Welland

Production Assistant

Colin Welland

Screenplay

Kevin Wheeler

Production

Jane Wittekind

Editor

Russ Woolnough

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Guerre des boutons, ca recommence, La, Knappkriget, La Guerre des boutons
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adventure
Family
Adaptation
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 29, 1995

Released in United States on Video March 12, 1996

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States July 1994

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival September 24 - October 2, 1994.

Based on the novel "La Guerre des boutons" written by Louis Pergaud and published in 1912.

Feature directorial debut for filmmaker John Roberts.

Completed shooting September 25, 1993.

Began shooting July 26, 1993.

Released in United States Fall September 29, 1995 (NY)

Released in United States on Video March 12, 1996

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival September 24 - October 2, 1994.)

Released in United States July 1994 (Following complaints by the parents of a child actor who appears partially nude in the film, Cork Circuit Court Judge P. Morgan ruled that it cannot be screened, distributed or reviewed in the Republic of Ireland. The film was scheduled to premiere in Ireland during July 1994.)