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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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Joe Dante
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Cross ... Irwin Wayfair
Jay Mohr ... Larry Benson
Alexandra Wilson ... Ms. Kegel
Denis Leary ... Gil Mars
Gregory Smith ... Alan Abernathy
Dick Miller ... Joe
Kirsten Dunst ... Christy Fimple
Jacob Smith ... Timmy Fimple
Jonathan Bouck Jonathan Bouck ... Brad (as Jonathan David Bouck)
Kevin Dunn ... Stuart Abernathy
Ann Magnuson ... Irene Abernathy
Wendy Schaal ... Marion Fimple
Phil Hartman ... Phil Fimple
Archie Hahn ... Satellite Dish Installer
Robert Picardo ... Ralph, Clean Room Technician
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Fifteen-year-old Alan Abernathy, the son of a toy store owner, tries out some new action figures: The Commando Elite versus 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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Trivia

Stan Winston Studio designed and built two categories of characters for the film -- Commando Elite soldiers, and alien Gorgonites, all of which were realized as articulated puppets. In total, Small Soldiers would feature fourteen distinct characters: six Commandos, seven Gorgonites, and a 'Gwendy' fashion doll. Although Gwendy would require only one type of puppet, the action requirements in the script mandated that each of the remaining thirteen characters be realized, initially, in three configurations: as a self-contained, battery-powered puppet, a rod puppet, and a non-articulated stand-in. See more »

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As Alan and Christy arrive home on the scooter, they both lean significantly to the side. If they were actually riding the scooter they would have leaned with it, indicating they are sitting in front of a green screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Irwin Wayfair: He's here! He's early! He's not supposed to be here now. He said... okay, here's the copy of... check.
Larry Benson: Pretty exciting, huh?
Irwin Wayfair: I don't know. I think it's kinda sad, I mean you know Heartland Toys has a long tradition of bringing joy to kids, ya know? Gil Mars isn't going to care about any of that. He's just gonna care about profits. I think it sucks.
Larry Benson: Welcome to Earth, Irwin. You may not be familiar with our company, but this is pretty much the way things work down here in the real world.
Irwin Wayfair:
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Crazy Credits

At the end, there's a short clip of 'Phil Hartman' and the legend "For Phil". See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features some deleted scenes:
  • Alan meets the principal of his new school, who tells him he doesn't like troublemakers.
  • An extended version of the scene where the dish technician tells Phil a lot more about the way the dish works and why the tree has to be moved.
  • Some added dialogue for Stuart and Irene about their old home Chicago right before Phil starts to saw off the branch.
  • The Gorgonites search Alans encyclopedia for Gorgon. Instead of their home they find the daughter of the Greek God Phorcys.
  • A discussion between Alan, Christy and their parents about what happened.
  • Phil and Stuart discover that Alan and Christy get away through a window.
  • The Toys discover Christys parents, her brother and Irene in the storeroom and ask for "any last requests".
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Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
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A Solid Answer to Disney/Pixar's Toy Story
14 June 2011 | by catarinalossSee all my reviews

Let's be honest, the concept of Small Soldiers(toys coming to life) came from Toy Story. However, DreamWorks came up with a MUCH different plot and the result is a great-and grossly underrated-family movie/action flick with top notch CGI.

I'm sure many say DreamWorks is a poor man's Disney/Pixar, and I agree, but this one movie in which DreamWorks shines. One might argue that the Commandos are glorified G.I. Joes, but I will gladly look past that because, c'mon, they're awesome.

Small Soldiers is a fine piece of entertainment and some of DreamWorks' best work to boot. I am begging you, don't pass it up. You won't regret giving it your time.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commando Elite See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,047,592, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:

$54,682,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,682,547
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2.39 : 1
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