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Toys (1992)




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Movie Info

When a toy-company owner dies, his two sons battle for control of the family business in this lavishly designed fantasy. One son is an innocent eccentric who wishes to maintain the company's playful spirit, while the other is an army general who secretly hopes to manufacture deadly weapons.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson, Mick Garris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Robin Williams
as Leslie Zevo
Michael Gambon
as Gen. Zevo
Joan Cusack
as Alsatia Zevo
Robin Wright
as Gwen Tyler
LL Cool J
as Patrick Zevo
Donald O'Connor
as Kenneth Zevo
Arthur Malet
as Owen Owens
Jack Warden
as Old Gen. Zevo
Debi Mazar
as Debbie
Wendy Melvoin
as Choir Soloist
Shelly Desai
as Shimera
Blake Clark
as Hogenstern
Roldan Nill Williams
as Factory Worker
Art Metrano
as Guard at Desk
Kate Benton
as Researcher
Steve Park
as Researcher
Julie Hayden
as Researcher
Yeardley Smith
as Researcher
Martha Faulkner
as Mary, the Housekeep...
Alex Bookston
as Minister
Stephen Park
as Researcher
Julie Haydon
as Researcher
Brooks Mondae
as Guard in General's O...
Sam Levinson
as War Room Player
Kevin West
as Technician
Jonathan McGarry
as Stupid Egghead
Jacque Lynn Colton
as Woman in Supermarket
Felton Anderson III
as Child of the World C...
Jenny Canales
as Child of the World C...
Amy Arwen Gibbins
as Child of the World C...
Michaela Herbon
as Child of the World C...
Nicholas Herbon
as Child of the World C...
Benjamin Hernandez
as Child of the World C...
Sarah M. LeFever
as Child of the World C...
Eric W. Miller
as Child of the World C...
Jeffrey R. Miller
as Child of the World C...
Kristy E. Miller
as Child of the World C...
Tashequa J. Peterson
as Child of the World C...
Heather Rogers
as Child of the World C...
Denise J. Saucedo
as Child of the World C...
Lisette Yvonne Sauce...
as Child of the World C...
Summer Simaan
as Child of the World C...
Jimmy Spooner
as Child of the World C...
Sarah Yee
as Child of the World C...
Lisel Brunson
as Factory Worker
Delores Finch
as Factory Worker
Lisa Fink
as Factory Worker
Jerry Goldman
as Factory Worker
Gerald McKinnie
as Factory Worker
Dolores E. Sebrasky
as Factory Worker
John Stevens
as Factory Worker
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Critic Reviews for Toys

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 18, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
Top Critic

Despite title, edgy fantasy-fable isn't geared toward kids.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Toys


Getting down to the nitty gritty of the plot this is basically a blend of imagination taken from 'Willy Wonka', 'War Games' and strangely enough a few Charles Band movies I reckon. Maybe even some 'Pinocchio' and classic children's fairytales.

All it involves is a surreal toy company run by some surreal people that make charming little toys (the kind of endearing little handmade stocking fillers) which is overtaken by the former owners brother and promptly used to make war toys.

Its almost like a fairytale really, the nice old toy maker dies and leaves his company to his war obsessed naughty brother who abuses the gift. I'm sure as you all know by now this film is certainly not short on visual fantasy elements. The creativity in the film is really quite stunning and deserves much credit for design and construction.

Some gorgeous sets with unusually fantastic colour schemes and backdrops. The toy factory is made to be as bizarre and wondrous as possible which leads to my comparison with 'Willy Wonka' and his marvellous chocolate factory. The later sequences in the plot remind you of 'War Games' in the fact all the toys end up going to computer controlled war with each other much like Charles Band and his dolls/puppets battling each other (visually). This is where the film gets too ridiculous and truly loses its suspension of disbelief.

Until that point its a quirky fun pleasant ride with Williams up to his usual zany antics. Williams and Cusack fit this Dali-ish world perfectly really, that's not to say their performances are exactly great, more annoying to be honest, but could you see anyone else doing this craziness?. Gambon actually does well as the war crazed brother with a stiff upper lip. Drunk with power over the company and his war toys his fall is surprisingly fun to watch, silly but the fact he's a great British actor makes it worth while. LL Cool J...epic miscast.

Everything about this film is plain weird right down to the location for the toy factory. Its a little uncomfortable in places really, unsure if that was done on purpose or not. There are nice ideas here and it could of been a really good children's bedtime story type fable but its overly long with not much going on. Its lavish but rather dull, plus its a bit jumbled and gets carried away with the surrealism.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I really liked this movie when I first saw it, but seeing it again later, I thought it looked silly. The basic themes and the story are really good, though, and Williams gives a good performance too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A pretty random film, it is kinda fun during some parts.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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