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Toy Soldiers (1991)

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When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.


Daniel Petrie Jr.


William P. Kennedy (novel), Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Billy Tepper
Wil Wheaton ... Joey Trotta
Keith Coogan ... Snuffy Bradberry
Andrew Divoff ... Luis Cali
R. Lee Ermey ... General Kramer
Mason Adams ... Deputy Director Brown
Denholm Elliott ... Headmaster
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Dean Parker
George Perez ... Ricardo Montoya
T.E. Russell ... Hank Giles
Shawn Phelan Shawn Phelan ... Derek
Michael Champion ... Jack Thorpe
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Jennifer (voice)
Max Manwell Max Manwell ... HRT Commander
Joe Inscoe ... Agent Grimes


Billy Tepper is the leader of a group of rebellious boys at The Regis School. He has already been expelled from three prominent private schools. His best friend, Joey Trotta, is the son of the Head of the New York Mafia; Billy, all their friends and many other kids at the school have equally influential and prominent, if more law-abiding, parents. When Luis Cali's father is put in jail, he heads for the Regis School to put the son of the judge in charge of the case under hostage, only to find he has been removed. However, once he realises who the parents of the rest are, he decides the entire student body of the Regis School would be an even better bargaining chip. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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The students of Regis Academy have been kicked out of the best prep schools in America. Now, terrorists have taken the campus...and years of bad behavior are about to pay off. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A terror iskolája See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Billy eats a banana and throws the peel in the trash is improvised, including Dean Parker's response: 'Pick up that banana'. Before the cameras started rolling, Sean Astin asked a prop guy for a banana and then proceeded to eat it during the take, even adding a roll of the eyes when asked to pick up the peel. Aside from Louis Gossett, Jr., actor reactions were pretty much genuine. See more »


After the terrorists drop the judge from the helicopter at the beginning, you can clearly see he's wearing a black parachute. See more »


Dean Parker: They're going to hunt you down, you know that, don't you? They'll eventually find you and then they will kill you.
Luis Cali: You Americans always say that, but you never actually do it.
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Alternate Versions

American movie prints featured subtitles for most of the Spanish dialogue. The first VHS print removed them. See more »

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Just Don't Take it Too Serious
11 April 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Toy Soldiers (1991)

*** (out of 4)

This here is pretty much DIE HARD via a boarding school but if you're a fan of 80s then you're going to find quite a bit here to enjoy. A terrorist group takes over a boarding school full of "important" kids in hopes that the American government will release the main guy's father who is in prison. Soon the rejects, led by Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton, must try and figure out a way to bring the terrorist down. If you need brains with your action then it's probably best that you skip this thing but if you just want to have fun then this film offers quite a bit. Most people will remember Astin and Wheaton from THE GOONIES and STAND BY ME among others but if you're fan of those films then you're going to enjoy seeing them grown up and taking on a new adventure. We also have a strong supporting cast that includes Louis Gossett, Jr. playing the stern Dean who will certainly remind people of his role in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN. Also on hand is Jerry Orback playing a Mafia boss and R. Lee Ermey as a General wanting action. The entire cast fit into their roles quite nicely with Astin playing the rebellious teen who must eventually grow up and try to out-smart the terrorist. He has wonderful chemistry with the rest of the boys in the cast and his time with Gossett comes off extremely well and realistic as they go for that father/son relationship. What also helps the film is that it at least tries to be above-average in terms of story. The way the boys go to get their freedom isn't just a simple plan but instead it's rather well thought out and in the long run the movie at least rises above the type of film you'd expect to see on TV. Director Petrie actually manages to build up some nice suspense towards the end and he handles the material very well. Another major plus is Andrew Divoff who plays the main terrorist and eats up the scenery left and right. When there is action in the film it's bloody just like fans of action want it. The movies biggest problem is that it runs nearly two-hours, which is a tad bit too long but if you a fan of any of the cast members then you should find yourself having fun with this one.

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