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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 ...
Jonathan Bouck ...
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)


$53,955,614 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The murder of Phil Hartman before the premiere caused some minor changes before release. See more »


Christy appeared to have curly hair in the hostage video the commandos forced her to do, only to have relatively straight hair only minutes later when Alan found her bound and gagged in her bedroom. She was tied up during that entire span of time, meaning she couldn't have been able to fix it. 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 Pinocchio (1940) See more »


Written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
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User Reviews

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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