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

Joseph Mazzello was the original choice to play Alan Abernathy.


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

Christy appeared to have curly hair in the hostage video the commandos forced her to do, only to have relatively straight hair only minutes later when Alan found her bound and gagged in her bedroom. She was tied up during that entire span of time, meaning she couldn't have been able to fix it.


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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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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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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