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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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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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Sappy mayhem
31 October 2003 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Since it's Small Soldiers Week on TBS I thought I'd stop by and toss in my two cents. Likeable cast gets caught in cross-fire between lunatic toy commandos (led by Jones) and friendly if goofy toy Gorgonites (led by Langella). Wierd combination of sap and mayhem with a cute finale. Has alot in common with Dante's earlier Gremlins, although the over-the-top violence is easier for me to stomach in this one. 8/10

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