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Toys (1992)

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When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.

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Barry Levinson
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Leslie Zevo
Michael Gambon ... Lt. General Leland Zevo
Joan Cusack ... Alsatia Zevo
Robin Wright ... Gwen Tyler
LL Cool J ... Captain Patrick Zevo
Donald O'Connor ... Kenneth Zevo
Arthur Malet ... Owen Owens
Jack Warden ... Old General Zevo
Debi Mazar ... Nurse Debbie
Wendy Melvoin Wendy Melvoin ... Choir Soloist
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Cortez
Jamie Foxx ... Baker
Shelly Desai ... Shimera
Blake Clark ... Hagenstern
Art Metrano ... Guard at Desk
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Storyline

An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Laughter is a state of mind.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolta dos Brinquedos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,452,082
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The blue car that Leslie drives is a very rare 1950 Muntz Jet, of which fewer than 400 were made. See more »

Goofs

Leslie says he loves "entomology of words." Entomology is the study of insects, while etymology is the study of words. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Zevo: [while fighting Leland] I! Will! Not! Let! You! Destroy! Dad's! Dream!
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Alternate Versions

The UK versions omit a sexual reference to obtain a 'PG' rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in What's Up Doc?: Episode #1.26 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (Into the Battle Mix)
Written by Peter Gill (as Gill), Holly Johnson (as Johnson), Brian Nash (as Nash),
Mark O'Toole (as O'Toole)
Produced by Trevor Horn
Into battle mix by Trevor Horn, Robin Hancock and Tim Weidner
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Courtesy of ZTT Records
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An unappreciated and underrated gem
20 September 2009 | by joshwinkler87See all my reviews

As a young child, Barry Levinson's 1992 film "Toys" was one of my favorite movies. At a young age I was fascinated by such a visually beautiful and surreal world that this mostly forgotten and seldom talked about film portrays. While the story of the film, which you can read about in the other reviews, is not the most well put together or best flowing story ever written, the witty comedy and especially the surrealism of it make up for this. Even Roger Ebert wrote in his review "Visually one of the most extraordinary films I've seen, a delight for the eyes, a bright new world."

While "Toys" was a box office flop and panned by critics, if you ask me, they failed to fully indulge themselves in the power of the film and it's special message about peace, joy, and innocence prevailing over war and evil.

If you are a fan of Salvador Dali's work or just a fan of surrealism in general, "Toys" is the perfect film for you. It's hard to think of another film with such vivid set designs that uses surrealism is such a creative and intelligent way. If you are just looking for a good comedy film to watch you might like "Toys" but this film is not for everyone. Approach the film with an open mind and I think you will either "Get It" or you won't.


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