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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Wilson ...
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Brad (as Jonathan David Bouck)
Ralph, Clean Room Technician


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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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?


The original promotional artwork featured Chip Hazard pointing a gun sideways at the viewer. The artwork was altered, removing the gun, so Chip appears to be reaching out instead. The original, unaltered artwork appears in the movie as a store display. It was later used for the home video cover. See more »


When Alan takes the first box from Joe, from the floor of the truck, he stacks it on top of other, previously unloaded boxes on the sack trolley. 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

At the end, there's a short clip of 'Phil Hartman' and the legend "For Phil". See more »


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User Reviews

Far Better Than I Expected
10 September 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Ah yes a Hollywood family film in the same vein as TOY STORY , so expect some highly patronizing , derivative drivel , or rather don`t because I found SMALL SOLDIERS to be a far better film than I expected . Much of this was down to the fact that the movie doesn`t talk down to its audience and the fact I didn`t have to put up with a myriad of scenes featuring bad CGI. Okay fair enough , it`s very obvious that`s a GI Joe doll trailing along on a bicycle but in the context of the story that`s exactly what it`s supposed to be . SMALL SOLDIERS also makes witty references to the likes of PATTON and THE TERMINATOR , ( See if you can spot them ) and what a charming creature Archer of the Gorgonites is . Gorgonites ! You`ve gotta love that name

I enjoyed this movie and despite it not being an all time classic I do recommend it as an entertaining family film

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