War of the Buttons 1995

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The children of two Irish towns located on either side of an inlet in County Cork, form small armies and battle against each other in a neverending quest for supremacy.

Starring:
Liam Cunningham, Gregg Fitzgerald
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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War of the Buttons

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Children & Family, Action & Adventure
Director John Roberts
Starring Liam Cunningham, Gregg Fitzgerald
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "torillsj" on 31 May 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I saw this movie a couple of years ago, and it was a blast from the beginning to the end. The boys were brilliant and the story great. Harmless entertainment for the whole family. I nearly laughed myself to death by the funny remarks and the lovely characters. Especially the little guy that wanted "one for the road".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aisling O'Brien on 4 Mar. 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie. I was introduced to it by a friend of mine, we were both 7 or 8 at the time , the film had only resently come out, it seems like yesterday, but now was 12 years ago. As we both have irish parents we "idolised" the movie. We would learn all the words, and sing along to the song and we longed to be marie with the ribbons in our hair! This film is fun, light hearted, and you can watch it over and over again. It MUST be relased on dvd!!! And i always did want to know, who does everyone think Marie married in the end Fergus or Jerome, i think Fergus all the way!!! BUY IT , WATCH IT, EXPERENCE IT!!! The best movie ever to be made!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Napier on 7 Jun. 2005
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I saw this film for the first time recently on satellite television.The storyline and entire production is brilliant from beginning to end.I was not surprised to find that Colin Welland and Lord David Puttnam,both of "Chariots of Fire" fame, were associated with this one.The acting by all the cast,especially the children is superb.Go and buy it !
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "wee_k_xxx" on 2 Jan. 2004
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This film is about two local gangs of boys...(and a few girls) in Ireland,who fight with each other, but instead of beating one another up the cut off the buttons, shoe laces, belts and ties of their enemy!! I saw this film when it first came out,its absolutely amazing!! A must see!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Cunningham on 25 July 2005
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This is one of the only films i remmeber from childhood worth mentioning about. i must have been around 7 when i first saw this, and still think about it today. Alot of people I know have not heard of it. Which is an absolute shame. Thing I like about it, is that a child can relate to this without the issue being too serious for them to chew on, which will explain the PG rating of course. But no kid will fully understand teh true meaning of war until their older but this does show a great step for them, and is not as horrific than making them watch "Full Metal Jacket" at 7. HAHA Could ya imagine the tears from the room or the long term psychological effects of that? lol
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "lyly24" on 29 Nov. 2002
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This film is about two gangs of boys from rival villages in Ireland, who declare war on one another, taking buttons as battle trophies. It says much for the director that the child acting is superb, and the narration is perfect. My sister and I rented this from a video shop a few years ago, and have been searching for it ever since. This should be a classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. O'Donnell on 11 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Used to watch this 2/3 times a day when inwas wee! Love it!!! Should be released in cinemas as too many people have never heard of it and are missing out!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I stumbled across this film 8 years ago when I impulsively bought it as a Primary school resource. It's a wonderful story about two gangs of boys in small town Ireland. Instead of beating each other up, the victors cut off the shirt buttons of their victims. There is a wonderful moment when some older boys want to find out whether 'tosspot' is a dirty word so they get a little lad to go and say it to the village priest. The older boys line up at their classroom window to watch the reaction!! Underlying this basic plot is the story of one gang member who is physically abused by his father. I can't wait to watch it again.
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