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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)

Gross:

£6,231,135 (UK) (1 January 1999)
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Trivia

The scene where Chip Hazard addresses his troops and appears in front of the large American flag is a nod to the opening of the film Patton (1970). The music heard is also from that film, written by Jerry Goldsmith (who wrote the score for THIS film). See more »

Goofs

When Christy Fimple and Alan are in his father's toy store after the Commandos destroyed it you can see a crew member's in the reflection of one the display cases. See more »

Quotes

Gil Mars: Now these guys are soldiers, right? And what do soldiers need?
Irwin Wayfair: Hats?
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Crazy Credits

The soldiers are credited as "The Original Dirty Dozen" and the Gorgonites are credited as "Spinal Tap". Many of the character voices actually come from those two movies. See more »

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References One Life to Live (1968) See more »

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Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)
Written by John Deacon
Performed by Queen with additional vocals by Wyclef Jean
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Great fun!
30 June 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Who would have thought? A "family film" that doesn't suck! Small Soldiers, while not perfect, is still great fun. It's success is completely down to Joe Dante, a guy with an obvious love of classic b-grade, sf, horror and exploitation movies. It's no suprise he started his career with Roger Corman. Small Soldiers is basically a variation on his previous Gremlins ( cute, seemingly harmless, kiddie-friendly objects run amok) but I enjoyed it more.

You can always tell how smart a movie is by its supporting cast, and the presence of the legendary Dick Miller ( a Dante mascot), Phil Hartman, Dennis Leary, and Mr Show's David Cross, not to mention the terrific voice talent, emphasize just how cluey Small Soldiers is. And any movie with Bride Of Frankenstein references gets my thumbs up!

I hope Dante brings Dick Miller back to the big screen SOON! We need him!


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