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War of the Buttons

A Feature film by John Roberts

Release in France : 14/06/1995

    Synopsis

    Southwest Ireland. Since time immemorial, every year when school starts again, the schoolboys of Ballydowse declare war on those of Carrickdowse. This year, the troops are commanded by two of the most valiant chiefs ever: Fergus with the Ballys and Geronimo with the Garricks. At the first battle, the Ballys take a prisoner which inspires Fergus with a brilliant idea: get the prisoner punished by his own parents and, to do that, what could be easier than ripping off all his buttons?

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Zazi Films , Hugo Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution), Warner Bros. (France)

    Foreign production company :

    Enigma Production Ltd

    French distribution :

    Warner Bros. (France)

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    The Americans, Italians and Japanese had been trying for years to obtain the remake rights for "War of the Buttons", Yves Robert's film based on the novel by Louis Pergaud. But the Guéville production company and the writer's heirs had always refused. When David Puttman wrote to Xavier Gélin, he didn't ask for the remake rights but a meeting. Despite a probable negative reply, Xavier Gélin and Stéphane Marsil felt that they couldn't refuse to see the great English producer. They were right for the meeting was a decisive one. Puttman had no desire to exploit the old hit but rather tackle it in a new way and he himself suggested setting the film in Ireland. Yves Robert accepted because Ireland still has its authenticity. From that point on, the coproduction between the English and French companies became self-evident.

    Full credits (9)

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Colin Welland

    Co-producer :

    Xavier Gélin

    Sound Recordist :

    David John

    Production Designer :

    Jim Clay

    Costume designer :

    Louise Frogley

    Authors of original work :

    Yves Robert, Louis Pergaud

    Director of Photography :

    Bruno Keyser (de)

    Editor :

    David Freeman

    Music Composer :

    Rachel Portman

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Great Britain)

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    14/06/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    84.763

    Visa issue date :

    10/05/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Director