Small Soldiers

Synopsis: 15-year-old Alan Abernathy, the son of a toy store owner, tries out some new action figures: The Commando Elite vs. The Gorgonites. But three months ago, a toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat! The Commando Elite vow to wipe out the Gorgonites in a suburban neighborhood. Alan, his neighbor Christy Fimple, (on whom he has a massive crush) with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos.
Director(s): Joe Dante
Production: Dreamworks
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Put in a lifetime GloboTech lithium cell.

They'll run forever.

That'll piss off the guys at Eveready.

How's this slogan? "The Commando Elite.

Anything else is just a toy."

"Everything else is just a toy."

That's good, too. Sure.


You know, that kind of computing power

doesn't really seem feasible...

Irwin, we're part of GloboTech.

We can find the technology.

Our missiles can find a bastard 7,000 miles

away and stick a warhead up his ass.

This won't be a problem. They're soldiers.

What do soldiers need?

- Hats?

- Camouflage?

Ms. Kegel?

Enemies, sir.

Enemies. See, these hideous,

ugly freaks are the enemy...

...and our guys have to find them

and vaporize them.

No, they're not... Sir?

Don't you think that's a bit violent?

Exactly. So call it action, not violence.

Kids love action. It sells.

Besides, what are you worried about?

They're only toys.

I can't believe this. This is really wrong.

It's a total perversion of everything

I designed these Gorgonites to be!

Can it, Irwin. This is a golden opportunity.

If we pull this off,

Mars will be eating out of our hands.

By the way, gentlemen...

...Mr. Mars expects the product

ready for shipment in three months.

Three months?

No. It takes at least six months.

There's product testing and focus...

Three months is fine.

Tell Mr. Mars they'll be ready then.

All right, then.

These are your security cards.

They give you unlimited access

to all top-secret Globo technology.

And these are your individual,

secret passwords. Memorize them now.

Mine's "Gizmo."

I said "secret."

Password. Password.

What's my password?


Let's find us some chips.

Some really good chips.

A lot of really good chips.

The X1000.

Hello, Mr. Chips.

This looks like a nice store.

Look at those toys.

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Gavin Scott

Gavin Duncan Scott (born 1950) is an English novelist, broadcaster and writer of the Emmy-winning mini-series The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers, The Borrowers and Legend of Earthsea. He spent ten years making films for British television before becoming a screenwriter, creating more than two hundred documentaries and short films for BBC and the commercial TV, including UK’s prestigious Channel 4. His first assignment in the United States was with George Lucas, developing and scripting The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His work ranges from family entertainment to comedy, science fiction and historical dramas. Scott wrote Krakatoa, a Titanic-style movie for National Geographic Feature Films, and an eight-hour adaptation of War and Peace for Lux Vida SPA, directed by Robert Dornhelm (Into the West, The Ten Commandments). He created and executive produced a 22-part television series set in the nineteenth century about the origins of the creative ideas of Jules Verne, which was broadcast around the world. In 2006, his children's film Treasure Island Kids: The Battle for Treasure Island, starring Randy Quaid, was released on DVD. Born in Hull, Yorkshire, Gavin emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1961. At 17 he spent a year as a volunteer teacher in the jungles of Borneo, working with the children of head-hunters, after which he studied history and political science at Victoria University of Wellington, and journalism at the Wellington Polytechnic. He returned to Britain overland across Asia in 1973, traveling through Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Afghanistan and Iran, and worked for Shelter, the British housing charity, before joining the Times Educational Supplement, from which base he also wrote features for The Times. After five years as a reporter and program anchor for BBC Radio, Gavin began in 1980 making films for BBC Television’s Newsnight, covering literary as well as political subjects; among his interviewees, J.B. Priestley, Christopher Isherwood, Iris Murdoch and John Fowles. He then made documentaries on science and culture for series such as Horizon and Man Alive before joining Channel 4 News, for which he made films until 1990. Following the death of Maurice Macmillan in 1984, son of the former British Prime Minister and MP for Surrey South West Harold Macmillan, Gavin Scott was selected and stood as a Liberal here at the Parliamentary Byelection for the Liberal/SDP Alliance and came within 2600 votes of taking the seat from the Conservative candidate Virginia Bottomley who went on to serve in John Major's cabinet. It was during this time that he started writing novels, including Hot Pursuit, about a Russian satellite that crashed in New Zealand, and A Flight of Lies, about the hunt for the bones of Peking Man. He has recently written a Dickensian historical novel set in the nineteenth century, The Adventures of Toby Wey. Gavin is also a sculptor, creating shadow boxes similar to those of Joseph Cornell, using mass-produced toys as his medium. He lives with his family in Santa Monica, California, and recently finished writing the script of Absolutely Anything with Terry Jones. more…

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