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Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 10 July 1998 (USA)
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 USA:

$14,047,592, 12 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,682,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,282,547
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2.35 : 1
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On making the movie director Joe Dante recalled "originally I was told to make an edgy picture for teenagers, or when the sponsor tie-ins came in the new mandate was to soften it up as a Kiddie movie. Too late as it turned out, and there are elements of both approaches in there just before release it was purged of a lot of action explosions." See more »

Goofs

When Alan leaves the toy store after the Commandos destroy it, Link Static watches him leave from a tree across the street. He reports in to Major Chip Hazard, who is so far down the street that he sees Alan biking toward them. However, when the Commandos are about to launch Brick Bazooka from the slingshot, Link Static is pulling on the sling. See more »

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

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Spoofs Terminator 2 (1991) 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, featuring Pras Michel (as Pras) and Free
Wyclef Jean & Pras appear courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Remixed by Wyclef Jean
Produced by Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records/EMI Records UK Ltd.
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Nostalgia at its best. Underrated and Forgotten.

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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