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Toys (1966)

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Window shopping children watch as toy soldiers come to life and fight a war with all its unvarnished ferocity and horror.


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A group of children are window shopping at a toy store display, particularly at the G.I. Joe toy display. There, before their eyes, the soldiers come to life and the whole scene shifts to an encampment with all the soldiers acting in their roles. What happens is that a battle is fought with all the violence, confusion and carnage that wars usually have, but it is still put into stark perspective as these dolls fight. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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You will never look at war toys the same way again.
22 May 2000 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Before there was Small Soldiers, there was this film that took something of same subject matter, but in a superior fashion.

When the kids in the film see the toy soldiers in the display, the film presents them as a glamourous bunch with light music highlight how cool they are. However, when these toys come to life, the music suddenly stops and the whole atmosphere becomes foreboding as these soldiers go through the motions of their roles.

When the fighting erupts, the violence displayed is horrific as it is run with rapid cuts and stark lighting. Nothing is untouched, there are scenes of explosions, hurled bodies, death spasms, soldiers being bayoneted and incessant gunfire. All of it is contributing to a terrifying mess of imagery and sound that is all carefully calculated to deglamorize war.

All of this culminates with the sequence of one surviving soldier inspecting the area with all its sickening plastic carnage that seems so authentic in an abstract manner. Then the soldier is discovered and is hit with a flame throwing with a death scream. You will be chilled to the bone, even if they are dolls.

To this day, I cannot see 12" inch figures without those lingering images, which is the precise point of the filmmakers who intended to show what the real purpose of soldiers and war.

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