Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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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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22 September 2008 | ma-cortes
| Bemusing movie with action starred by toys figures and aimed for teens
Thanks to error, a toys store of Winslow Corners - a small and quiet town from Ohio- receives a shipments of war action figures. Former defense supplier Globotech and his chairman(Dennis Leary) and employees(David Cross, Jay Mohr)have transformed into dangerous soldiers toys to being mistakenly implanted with military intelligence chips.Commanded by Chip Hazard(voice of Tommy Lee Jones)take under siege the town and battle their rival toys , the Gorgonites, led by the pacific Archer(voice by Frank Langella). Meanwhile the Gorgonites join forces two adolescents Alan(Gregory Smith) and Christy(Kirsten Dunst). The commando Elite create wreak havoc into town and besiege the teen's house.

The film packs a combo of noisy action,thrills, spectacular images, and being quite entertaining. Nicely main cast and agreeable supporting cast with Kevin Dunn, Phil Hartman,Wendy Schaal,Robert Picardo and Dick Miller, a secondary actor usual of Roger Corman and Joe Dante, among others. The Commando Elite is attacking like the 'Dirty dozen' movie, in fact the voices are played by original casting, Ernest Borgnine,Jim Brown,George Kennedy and Clint Walker. Furthermore, an enjoyable homage to 'Patton' movie as on images as brilliant musical score by great Jerry Goldsmith. Colorful and evocative cinematography by Jamie Anderson. Special effects are top-notch, the puppets are well brought to life, they're made by David Andrews's computer generator and Stan Winston's animatronic. The motion picture is imaginatively directed by Joe Dante. Rating : Good and amusing.

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One of the early aesthetic issues for Winston and his crew was determining whether the Commandos and Gorgonites should look and move like plastic action figures or like real, organic characters. "The question was," said Winston, "do we design the same limitations we saw in real action figures into our characters? Or do we go beyond those limitations to give them more life? We decided that to create really great performances, we had to give our characters a greater range of motion than a real toy. Our rationale was that these weren't just toys -- they were the coolest toys ever, which had somehow come to life."


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? ...


When Christy and Alan go to the toy store's back room in the beginning, Christy's hair jumps back and forth over her shoulders between shots.

Crazy Credits

The MPPA rating screen at the end reads "PG," but the movie is actually rated "PG-13."

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".


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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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,047,592 12 July 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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