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Barry Levinson (1992)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this fragile fantasy, Donald O'Connor plays an ailing toymaker whose factory becomes an assembly line for destructive toys when his war-addicted brother, Michael Gambon, inherits the business. You'll gasp in sheer amazement at the magnificent sets and d├ęcor, which alone make this vainglorious slice of Pythonesque whimsy and allegory worth a look - just try to ignore the rather naive and self-indulgent plot. Robin Williams, playing the nephew who tries to stop Gambon manufacturing only war toys, is surprisingly low-key. Ironically, director Barry Levinson's cult flop could have done with one of Williams's over-the-top performances.


A dying toy-maker leaves the company to his brother, a power-mad general, who turns the friendly family factory over to the production of weapons. It falls to the general's zany nephew and his equally childlike sister to stand up for their father's benign world-view. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack and Donald O'Connor.

Cast & Crew

Leslie Zevo Robin Williams
The General Michael Gambon
Alsatia Zevo Joan Cusack
Kenneth Zevo Donald O'Connor
Patrick LL Cool J
Gwen Robin Wright
Owens Owens Arthur Malet
Zevo Sr Jack Warden
Director Barry Levinson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Some violence, edited for language. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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