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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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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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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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The murder of Phil Hartman before the premiere caused some minor changes before release. See more »

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When Archer looks at the other Gorgonites on his box, Troglacon is shown after the Gorgonites rebuilt him. He should look the way Erwin designed him. See more »

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[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 »

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References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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War
Written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Adapted by Layzie Bone (as Steven Howse), Flesh 'N' Bone (as Stanley Howse), Wish Bone (as Charles Scruggs), Tom Morello, Flea & Damon Elliott
Performed by Bone Thugs n Harmony (as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) with Flesh 'N' Bone (as Flesh-N-Bone), and Henry Rollins, Tom Morello & Flea
Layzie Bone & Wish Bone appear courtesy of Ruthless Records
Flesh-N-Bone appears courtesy of Mo' Thugs Records/Def Jam Records
Henry Rollins appears courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Tom Morello appears courtesy of Epic Records
Flea appears courtesy of Warner Bros Records Inc.
Produced by Damon Elliott
(Contains a sample of "War" as performed by Edwin Starr)
Sample courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.,
Under license from Polymedia, a division of PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc.
Original recording performed by Edwin Starr
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.,
By arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Nostalgia at its best. Underrated and Forgotten.

I found this movie in my attic recently. When I was looking at the VHS, nostalgia instantly flew back into me. I remember the toys, I remember seeing this is theaters opening day, and I remember me and my friends playing our own version of "Small Soldiers" at our local park. Great memories...

I was SO baffled to see a 5.9 rating on IMDb. Why? This is a great family\action film. After seeing the rating and many negative reviews, I decided to watch it again on VHS.

Well, I liked it then, and I liked it now! Still, it was a good film. What I liked the most was the music and the special effects. The musical score was outstanding and so was the "War" remix. The CGI in the film amazes me on so many levels...I thought they were real!

Overall, if you like edgy family films, watch 'Small Solders'. I think you will enjoy it.


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