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War of the Buttons (1962)

La guerre des boutons (original title)
The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.


Yves Robert


Louis Pergaud (novel), François Boyer (adaptation)
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Cast overview:
Jacques Dufilho ... L'Aztec's father
Yvette Etiévant ... Lebrac's mother
Michel Galabru ... Bacaillé's father
Michèle Méritz ... L'Aztec's mother
Jean Richard ... Lebrac's father
Pierre Tchernia ... Bédouin
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... School teacher
Claude Confortès Claude Confortès ... Nestor the postman
Paul Crauchet ... Touegueule
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... A countryman
Yves Peneau Yves Peneau ... Le préfet des études / The prefect
Robert Rollis Robert Rollis ... Le père de 'Migue la Lune' / Migue la lune's father
Louisette Rousseau Louisette Rousseau ... Bacaillé's mother


For generations, two rival French villages, Longueverne and Velrans, have been at war. But this is no ordinary conflict, for the on-going hostilities are between two armies of young schoolboys. When he is beaten by his father for having lost his buttons, the leader of the Longueverne army, Lebrac, has an idea which will give his side the advantage: next time, he and his brave soldiers will go in battle without their clothes. Written by yusufpiskin

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tres funny, tres zesty, very unbuttoned


Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


The gang of Lebrac and Petit Gibus sings the first section of the Le chant du départ after their victories. The composer José Berghmans uses the theme by Étienne-Nicolas Méhul at one point in his music. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German re-release (1984) was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 6" rating. This re-release version was used for all subsequent home video releases. The uncut version was released as a bonus feature on the 2005 DVD release (with the missing scenes in French with German subtitles, despite the fact that the complete film was dubbed in 1962). See more »


Referenced in The Hidden Fortress (2001) See more »

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A master piece! The best French movie ever!
24 March 2001 | by Zzaz82See all my reviews

I used to watch this film when I was little. My sister and I actually destroyed the tape because of two much use. Some may say that it's only for children, but it's also an obvious and delightful allegory of the two World Wars. Of course, if you're not fluent in French, it doesn't really worth watching it, because everything is in the lines. It's a wonderful tribute to French people, French countryside life, French nation in general. The children are giving great performances, being touching, cute and above all realistic!!! Just watch it and enjoy! Vive la France!

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18 April 1962 (France) See more »

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