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Toys (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  18 December 1992 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


$21,452,082 (USA)

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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?


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


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 »


Leslie Zevo: This doesn't look like vomit.
Asian Researcher: Sorry sir, thats diarrhea.
Leslie Zevo: Send that over to the Poop department.
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Written by Trevor Horn and Bruce Woolley
Produced by Trevor Horn
Performed by The Musical Cast of Toys
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24 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People can be funny about movies like "Toys".

They'll analyze them to death, wonder what underlying messages are hidden in the subtext, how much the FX cost, what the actors were thinking, all BEFORE they let the movie begin. I don't think about things like that when watching a movie at first. I just decide if I was entertained or not.

I was.

"Toys" uses Williams' natural exuberance and Cusack's looniness to its benefit and make them the most unique characters in a movie that ISN'T about toys as much as it is childhood, life, death and whatever happens to be in between. I especially liked Cusack's comment at her father's funeral about the tin horn.

Gambon plays the "serious-minded" adult who traipses into toyland and decides to declare war. What happens? About what you'd expect. Or maybe not, I dunno. What can you expect in a movie where it makes up its own rules along the way, just like a child at play?

I loved the production design and a lot of toys are just downright cute. Williams' speech to the toys near the end that hybrids Gandhi and Churchill with a little of "Begin the Beguine" is a classic in my book. And Cusack's fate is somewhat of a shock. LL Cool J does a pretty good job as does Gambon. Wright is pretty, as always, and you have to love that down-home accent (and dolphin imitation).

In the end, "Toys" breaks free of the world like the elephant during the end credits, making a world all its own, one where children's rules apply and simply allowing yourself to be a child is the perfect remedy to adulthood. Maybe THAT'S what a lot of people don't understand about this movie.

Nice Job, Barry.

Ten stars and a smoking jacket for "Toys", the movie that proves there's a time and a place for children's things, as long as you don't let growing up spoil it for you.

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