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Toys (1992)

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When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.

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Gwen Tyler
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Captain Patrick Zevo
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Owen Owens
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Old General Zevo
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Cortez
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Baker
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Guard at Desk
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Storyline

An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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18 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolta dos Brinquedos  »

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$21,452,082 (USA)
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| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

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Trivia

A long-cherished project for Barry Levinson, this was originally set to be his directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when the Zevo tombstone (stone elephant) is flying through the air, the wire carrying the elephant is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Researcher: Is this room getting smaller or am I bloating?
Asian Researcher: What!
Leslie Zevo: Oh look, we're being attacked by a crossword puzzle.
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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME (INTO THE BATTLE MIX)
Written by Peter Gill (as Gill), Holly Johnson (as Johnson), Brian Nash (as Nash),
Mark O'Toole (as O'Toole)
Produced by Trevor Horn
Into battle mix by Trevor Horn, Robin Hancock and Tim Weidner
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Courtesy of ZTT Records
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One of the most underrated movies of all time
15 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to think of a movie that divides its audience as deeply as "Toys" does. Few people will say this movie is "fair." Instead, people often call it the best movie ever made or the worst... and they mean it!

Even its severest critics grudgingly admit that it's visually stunning and has perhaps the best soundtrack of the decade ("Happy Worker" is a classic, and "At the Closing of the Year" is, in my opinion, the best Christmas song written in the past 30 years). It's clearly Oscar-worthy in the categories of music and set design.

Most people who've seen it agree that Joan Cusack's quirky characterization is wonderful and that the vignettes provided Robin Williams with a springboard for some of the best ad libs of his career. And the story, a whimsical fable of innocence versus corruption, is as unlikely to give offense as any you can name. So, you'd expect the movie's critics to say "I didn't care for it," instead of "Everyone associated with this movie should be ashamed!"

When I like something and others don't, I hesitate to say they don't "get it," but in the case of "Toys," it really is true. It's no coincidence that many visual references to the work of Rene Magritte keep popping up. "Toys" is a surrealist movie, and like any work of surrealism, it has a simple veneer over a more sophisticated message, one that defies explanation and works on the level of a dream. This movie is more "Mulholland Drive" than "Willie Wonka."

Whether you will like this movie depends entirely on how your mind works. Poets will probably love it. Engineers will probably hate it.


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