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Toy Soldiers (1991)

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When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hank Giles
Jack Thorpe
Tracy Brooks Swope ...
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Billy Tepper is the leader of a group of rebellious boys at The Regis School. He has already been expelled from three prominent private schools. His best friend, Joey Trotta, is the son of the Head of the New York Mafia; Billy, all their friends and many other kids at the school have equally influential and prominent, if more law-abiding, parents. When Luis Cali's father is put in jail, he heads for the Regis School to put the son of the judge in charge of the case under hostage, only to find he has been removed. However, once he realises who the parents of the rest are, he decides the entire student body of the Regis School would be an even better bargaining chip. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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Misfits. Underachievers. Rebels. The boys of The Regis School have been kicked out of the best prep schools in America. Terrorists just took over the campus. Now years of bad behavior are about to pay off. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A terror iskolája  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$15,073,942 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andrew Divoff has said that his role as Luis Cali is his favorite of his own. See more »


When Cali fires his pistol at the Soldiers trying to get into the headmaster's office while holding onto Billy, there are more shots heard than are actually fired. See more »


William "Billy" Tepper: They're going to shoot five kids if I don't go back.
Military Officer: They're going to shoot you if you do go back.
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Ridiculous but fun
15 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colombian terrorists hold hostage a military school in the U.S. until their demands are met. The students decide to fight back. Will they be able to do it?

Silly premise but the film actually works. The group of kids who fight were all up and coming when this film came out in 1991: Sean Astin (looking very cute); Wil Wheaton (looking miserable); Keith Coogan; George Perez (the token Latino who is very handsome, very muscular and is mostly shown in nothing but tight underwear); T.E. Russell (the token black guy) and Shawn Phelan. None of them are very good actors (except Astin), but who cares? This is a mindless action film. The only other good performances are from Denholm Elliott (having a ball as the headmaster) and Louis Gossett Jr. as the dean.

Other than that--there's lots of action, suspense, explosions and little brains. In other words---FUN!

Only complaint (and this is minor)--it's a bit too long (there are THREE endings) and there is LOTS of casual, bloody violence (the R rating was well-earned). Still, I enjoyed it a lot.

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