War of the Buttons

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An army of youngsters prepare for battle in War of the Buttons

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Time Out says

Slim pickings from David Puttnam, reunited with Chariots of Fire screenwriter Colin Welland: this mildly diverting entertainment is a remake of Yves Robert's La Guerre des Boutons (1962). Transposed to County Cork, the film charts the feud between the pupils of neighbouring village schools, the Carricks and the Ballys. While the dispute's origins remain hazy, it soon escalates via public humiliation and private recrimination to 'all-out war', sticks and stones - and buttons - at the ready. Relatively unsentimental.
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Release details

UK release:

1993

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Roberts

Cast:

Frank Grimes, Eveanna Ryan, Gerard Kearney, Paul Batt, John Coffey, Gregg Fitzgerald, Declan Mulholland

Music:

Rachel Portman

Production Designer:

Jim Clay

Editor:

David Freeman

Cinematography:

Bruno de Keyser

Screenwriter:

Colin Welland

Producer:

David Puttnam

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