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Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  10 July 1998 (USA)
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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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The few, the proud, and the small. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Commando Elite  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,047,592 (USA) (10 July 1998)


£6,231,135 (UK) (1 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Alan is looking for the Gorgonites in the trash, a keychain of Gizmo from Gremlins can be seen to the right of Ocula. See more »


In the Fimple's medicine cabinet, a bottle for Phillip Fimple is next to the Sleep Aid. The bottle is made for pills, but has a label for a cough syrup with codeine, and the word "teaspoons" is misspelled "teaspons". See more »


[first lines]
Irwin Wayfair: He's here! He's early! He's not supposed to be here now. He said... okay, here's the copy of... check.
Larry Benson: Pretty exciting, huh?
Irwin Wayfair: I don't know. I think it's kinda sad, I mean you know Heartland Toys has a long tradition of bringing joy to kids, ya know? Gil Mars isn't going to care about any of that. He's just gonna care about profits. I think it sucks.
Larry Benson: Welcome to Earth, Irwin. You may not be familiar with our company, but this is pretty much the way things work down here in the real ...
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Crazy Credits

Besides the title logos, the opening credits don't begin until about 6 minutes in. See more »


References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »


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User Reviews

Nostalgia at its best. Underrated and Forgotten.
26 July 2010 | by (within the minds of the thinking citizen) – See all my reviews

I found this movie in my attic recently. When I was looking at the VHS, nostalgia instantly flew back into me. I remember the toys, I remember seeing this is theaters opening day, and I remember me and my friends playing our own version of "Small Soldiers" at our local park. Great memories...

I was SO baffled to see a 5.9 rating on IMDb. Why? This is a great family\action film. After seeing the rating and many negative reviews, I decided to watch it again on VHS.

Well, I liked it then, and I liked it now! Still, it was a good film. What I liked the most was the music and the special effects. The musical score was outstanding and so was the "War" remix. The CGI in the film amazes me on so many levels...I thought they were real!

Overall, if you like edgy family films, watch 'Small Solders'. I think you will enjoy it.

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