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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Big Trouble Small Soldiers See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some menacing action/violence and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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The skull on Alan's desk is a Gremlin skull. Gremlins (1984) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) were also directed by Joe Dante. See more »

Goofs

When Christy is knocked down by the girl dolls and falls onto the floor, her shirt rises slightly to reveal her belly. In the next shot, her shirt is down. 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

Besides the title logos, the opening credits don't begin until about 6 minutes in. 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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Connections

References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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Surrender
Written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
Remixed by Rich Costey
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Far Better Than I Expected
10 September 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Ah yes a Hollywood family film in the same vein as TOY STORY , so expect some highly patronizing , derivative drivel , or rather don`t because I found SMALL SOLDIERS to be a far better film than I expected . Much of this was down to the fact that the movie doesn`t talk down to its audience and the fact I didn`t have to put up with a myriad of scenes featuring bad CGI. Okay fair enough , it`s very obvious that`s a GI Joe doll trailing along on a bicycle but in the context of the story that`s exactly what it`s supposed to be . SMALL SOLDIERS also makes witty references to the likes of PATTON and THE TERMINATOR , ( See if you can spot them ) and what a charming creature Archer of the Gorgonites is . Gorgonites ! You`ve gotta love that name

I enjoyed this movie and despite it not being an all time classic I do recommend it as an entertaining family film


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Country:

USA

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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