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Small Soldiers (1998)

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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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The few, the proud, and the small. 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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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:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The piranha next to Alan's computer is a reference to Piranha (1978), also directed by Joe Dante. See more »

Goofs

Very obvious fake hand when Major Hazard stabs Alan's hand on top of the power pole. 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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At the end, there's a short clip of 'Phil Hartman' and the legend "For Phil". See more »

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References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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My City Was Gone (Kool Keith Remix)
Written by Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders with additional vocals by Kool Keith
Kool Keith appears courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Remixed by The Butcher Bros.
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd./Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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