Small Soldiers

Small Soldiers

Joe Dante (1998)

105min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Action Man-type figures fitted with deadly microprocessors go on menacing manoeuvres in this Gremlins-meets-Toy Story war fantasy from director Joe Dante, which takes a long time setting up its simple premise but is worth the wait. The movie's slick professionalism and technical brilliance keep the awkward mixture of mirth and mayhem from becoming too uncomfortable an experience. Crafty nods to classic war films such as Patton, the creepy Gwendy doll sequence and the GI Joes being voiced by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Ernest Borgnine and Bruce Dern also help maintain the interest for adults as well as youngsters. Yet this mix of technology-run-amok and children's nightmare sometimes takes belief a bridge too far.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

Christy Fimple Kirsten Dunst
Alan Abernathy Gregory Smith
Gil Mars Denis Leary
Major Chip Hazard Tommy Lee Jones
Archer Frank Langella
Kip Killagin Ernest Borgnine
Butch Meathook Jim Brown
Link Static Bruce Dern
Brick Bazooka George Kennedy
Nick Nitro Clint Walker
Slamfist / Scratch-It Christopher Guest
Insaniac / Freakenstein Michael McKean
Punch-It Harry Shearer
Ocula Jim Cummings
Gwendy doll Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gwendy doll Christina Ricci
Phil Fimple Phil Hartman
Larry Benson Jay Mohr
Irene Abernathy Ann Magnuson
Irwin Wayfair David Cross (2)
Stuart Abernathy Kevin Dunn
Marion Fimple Wendy Schaal
Joe Dick Miller
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Oct 1998
Drama Children's