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Toys (1992)

When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Kenneth Zevo
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Old General Zevo
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An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action. Written by Rob Hartill

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Laughter is a state of mind.


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Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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18 December 1992 (USA)  »

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A Revolta dos Brinquedos  »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,452,082 (USA)
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| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

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The words used by the General in an attempt to stop the rampaging sea creature are "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto", the same words used to command the robot Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Also these were the same words Ash was supposed to use in Army of Darkness prior to picking up the necronomicon. See more »

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Although the intent is to reference the famous phrase "Klaatu Barada Nikto" from The Day the Earth Stood Still, what General Zevo actually says is "Klaatu Bravada Nikto". See more »

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Leslie Zevo: Let's all bob our heads for a brief moment of prayer... those who can.
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WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME (INTO THE BATTLE MIX)
Written by Peter Gill (as Gill), Holly Johnson (as Johnson), Brian Nash (as Nash),
Mark O'Toole (as O'Toole)
Produced by Trevor Horn
Into battle mix by Trevor Horn, Robin Hancock and Tim Weidner
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Courtesy of ZTT Records
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24 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People can be funny about movies like "Toys".

They'll analyze them to death, wonder what underlying messages are hidden in the subtext, how much the FX cost, what the actors were thinking, all BEFORE they let the movie begin. I don't think about things like that when watching a movie at first. I just decide if I was entertained or not.

I was.

"Toys" uses Williams' natural exuberance and Cusack's looniness to its benefit and make them the most unique characters in a movie that ISN'T about toys as much as it is childhood, life, death and whatever happens to be in between. I especially liked Cusack's comment at her father's funeral about the tin horn.

Gambon plays the "serious-minded" adult who traipses into toyland and decides to declare war. What happens? About what you'd expect. Or maybe not, I dunno. What can you expect in a movie where it makes up its own rules along the way, just like a child at play?

I loved the production design and a lot of toys are just downright cute. Williams' speech to the toys near the end that hybrids Gandhi and Churchill with a little of "Begin the Beguine" is a classic in my book. And Cusack's fate is somewhat of a shock. LL Cool J does a pretty good job as does Gambon. Wright is pretty, as always, and you have to love that down-home accent (and dolphin imitation).

In the end, "Toys" breaks free of the world like the elephant during the end credits, making a world all its own, one where children's rules apply and simply allowing yourself to be a child is the perfect remedy to adulthood. Maybe THAT'S what a lot of people don't understand about this movie.

Nice Job, Barry.

Ten stars and a smoking jacket for "Toys", the movie that proves there's a time and a place for children's things, as long as you don't let growing up spoil it for you.


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