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Small Soldiers (1998)

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When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

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15-year-old Alan Abernathy, the son of a toy store owner, tries out some new action figures: The Commando Elite vs. The Gorgonites. But three months ago, a toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat! The Commando Elite vow to wipe out the Gorgonites in a suburban neighborhood. Alan, his neighbor Christy Fimple, (on whom he has a massive crush) with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for some menacing action/violence and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,137,725 (UK) (23 October 1998)

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£6,231,135 (UK) (1 January 1999)
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The music being played during the scene where they turn the "Gwendy" dolls into soldiers is the theme music from The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). See more »

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When Ralph sneezes into his face mask, the amount of condensation on the mask differs in two shots. See more »

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Ralph, Clean Room Technician: The chips are a little sensitive to EMP.
Irwin Wayfair: EMP?
Ralph, Clean Room Technician: Electomagnetic Pulse. As in the kind generated by the detonation of a nuclear device? I doubt that the toy industry has become quite that competitive.
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Written by Spice Girls (as The Spice Girls) / Richard Stannard / Matt Rowe
Performed by Spice Girls (as The Spice Girls)
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Small Soldiers is good old fashioned, Tongue-in-cheek fun.
1 January 1999 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

Small Soldiers is good old fashioned, Tongue-in-cheek fun.

Regular movie watchers will see many of their favorite characters, all caricatured here together as either a Commando-Elite or a Gorgonite warrior.

The names of the characters, particularly the Commando-Elite, are extremely good, and worthy of an award of their own.

Although some of the animation is a little wooden, that just seemed to add to the whole flavour of the film.

As long as you don't have any pre-conceptions about this film, and ignore the hype, you are in for some highly entertaining fun. After all, who can watch a room full of bikini-clad barbie-dolls-with-attitude, "playing with their owner for a change", without breaking into a grin...

Favorite quote: "Lets see how you like being played with"


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