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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Tyler
Captain Patrick Zevo
Owen Owens
Old General Zevo
Nurse Debbie
Wendy Melvoin ...
Choir Soloist
Guard at Desk


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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Laughter is a state of mind.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolta dos Brinquedos  »

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Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)


$21,452,082 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jamie Foxx's film debut. See more »


After the little spy robot gets run over, Patrick Zevo is in the surveillance truck telling the other two guys about tomorrow's meeting with the military leaders. If you watch the red numbers over his right shoulder you'll see them counting upwards until they hit 59:20, then the camera goes to one of the other guys, then back to Patrick Zevo, you see the numbers back down to 59:14 and continue counting up. See more »


Leslie Zevo: Bastards, they attacked us while we were at prayer. It's like Pearl Harbor.
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Referenced in Galaxy Quest (1999) See more »


Written by Giacomo Puccini
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An unappreciated and underrated gem
20 September 2009 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

As a young child, Barry Levinson's 1992 film "Toys" was one of my favorite movies. At a young age I was fascinated by such a visually beautiful and surreal world that this mostly forgotten and seldom talked about film portrays. While the story of the film, which you can read about in the other reviews, is not the most well put together or best flowing story ever written, the witty comedy and especially the surrealism of it make up for this. Even Roger Ebert wrote in his review "Visually one of the most extraordinary films I've seen, a delight for the eyes, a bright new world."

While "Toys" was a box office flop and panned by critics, if you ask me, they failed to fully indulge themselves in the power of the film and it's special message about peace, joy, and innocence prevailing over war and evil.

If you are a fan of Salvador Dali's work or just a fan of surrealism in general, "Toys" is the perfect film for you. It's hard to think of another film with such vivid set designs that uses surrealism is such a creative and intelligent way. If you are just looking for a good comedy film to watch you might like "Toys" but this film is not for everyone. Approach the film with an open mind and I think you will either "Get It" or you won't.

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