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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2 December 2005 | lee_eisenberg
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| Here's why it's good.
When "Small Soldiers" came out, it was right after back-to-back school shootings (plus the murder of Phil Hartman), so there was some controversy about having a movie where toys get violent. But this movie is actually quite good. You see, it's not some ridiculous, rah-rah military movie; it sides with the Gorgonites (the soldiers' adversaries), showing how - whether or not they win or lose - they always remain supportive of each other.

As for the cast members, this is a Joe Dante movie, so Dick Miller and Robert Picardo get supporting roles. In this case, they play a delivery man and clean room technician, respectively. Phil Hartman is probably the funniest cast member, playing the ultimate suburban consumer (he wants to remove his neighbor's tree to make room for a satellite dish). All in all, this is definitely a movie worth seeing. As far as I remember, Joe Dante always does a good job.

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Trivia

Robert Picardo filmed his cameo between the fourth and fifth seasons of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).


Quotes

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? ...


Goofs

When Alan leaves the toy store after the Commandos destroy it, Link Static watches him leave from a tree across the street. He reports in to Major Chip Hazard, who is so far down the street that he sees Alan biking toward them. However, when the Commandos are about to launch Brick Bazooka from the slingshot, Link Static is pulling on the sling.


Crazy Credits

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


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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Wannabe
Written by
Spice Girls, Richard Stannard & Matt Rowe (as Matt Rowbottom)
Performed by Spice Girls
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.

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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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