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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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,682,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,282,547
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Alan's room there is a visible poster for, at that time, underground bands REO Speed Dealer (later known as Speed Wagon) and Honky. See more »

Goofs

When Christy Fimple and Alan are in his father's toy store after the Commandos destroy it, a crew member is reflected in a display case. 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 ...
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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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Featured in Bone Thugs n Harmony: The Collection Volume 2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)
Written by John Deacon
Performed by Queen with additional vocals by Wyclef Jean, featuring Pras Michel (as Pras) and Free
Wyclef Jean & Pras appear courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Remixed by Wyclef Jean
Produced by Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records/EMI Records UK Ltd.
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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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