War of the Buttons Review

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The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents.


An engaging debut from John Roberts, adapted by Colin Welland from a French hit of the 60s and transplanted to Eire, where an exuberant cast of kids play rival village gangs who mount elaborate battles in an ever-escalating feud. This is a sentimental view of children’s natures and concerns (as opposed to Lord Of The Flies’ savage vision), a picturesque, gently funny and frequently splendid rumpus.

Warm comedy, not as good as the original.