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Small Soldiers (1998)

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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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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 movie was linked to an ill-fated fast-food marketing deal. Burger King agreed to market this with kid's meals before it was rated PG-13. The film was released soon after Oregon teen Kip Kinkel shot his parents and went on a rampage at his school, so the Kip Killigun action figure was not distributed in Oregon. See more »

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When Christy is knocked down by the girl dolls and falls onto the floor, her shirt rises slightly to reveal her belly. In the next shot, her shirt is down. See more »

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Archer: Gorgonites, we must help Alan.
Freakenstein: But if we fight, we would lose.
Freakenstein: Last time we fought, I woke up with AM/FM.
Insaniac: I tell you, war is nuts, and I know what I'm talking about.
Punch-It: We shouldn't fight, we should hide.
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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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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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