Toy Soldiers 1991

Toy Soldiers

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Colombian terrorist Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) takes an American prep school hostage as a means of gaining his drug lord father's freedom. Privileged yet rebellious students Joey (Wil Wheaton), Billy (Sean Astin), Snuffy (Keith Coogan) and Hank (T.E. Russell) find that they are better equipped to deal with the threat than the mostly ineffectual government agencies sent to rescue them. With resourceful Billy as their leader, the students struggle to defeat the terrorists and save the school.

Cast

Louis Gossett Jr.
as Dean Parker
Wil Wheaton
as Joey Trotta
Sean Astin
as Billy Tepper
Keith Coogan
as Snuffy Bradberry
Andrew Divoff
as Luis Cali
Denholm Elliott
as Headmaster
R. Lee Ermey
as General Kramer
Mason Adams
as Deputy Director Brown
George Perez
as Ricardo Montoya
T.E. Russell
as Hank Giles
Michael Champion
as Jack Thorpe
Jerry Orbach
as Joey's Father (uncredited)
Joe Banks
as Brown's Aide
Norman Max Maxwell
as HRT Commander
Joe Inscoe
as Agent Grimes
Rene Gatica
as Colombian Judge
Jesse Doran
as Enrique Cali
Stan Kelly
as Sheriff
Carol Shoemaker
as Press Secretary
D. Adam Bonifant
as Nicholas Josephson
Mark Retz
as Guber
Paul Sincoff
as Brave Student
Richard Travis
as Frank the Guard
Janet Lee Orcutt
as Woman in Pink
Knowl Johnson
as `Phil' Donoghue
Jess Doran
as Enrique Cali
Richard Warner
as Deputy Marshall
Christopher Northup
as Camouflaged Soldier
Joey Banks
as Brown's Aide
Rick Warner
as FBI SAC
Sarah Stavrou
as Agent at Console
David Norris
as Concerned Student
Jeff Ramsey
as Border Patrol Officer
Nick Dimitri
as Border Patrol Officer
Mark Brutsche
as Angry Parent
Cynthia Hayden
as Angry Parent
Denise Gordy
as Angry Parent
Michael Costello
as Angry Parent
Mimi Eisman
as Angry Parent
Lenny Steinline
as Angry Parent
Jeremy Caplan
as Deputy Sheriff
Roy Borden
as Deputy Sheriff
John Shaw
as Cali's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Toy Soldiers

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Audience Reviews for Toy Soldiers

  • Nov 24, 2013
    Ah the ever popular brat pack type casting line up, a selection of young Hollywood faces either on the edge of becoming major stars or falling into obscurity. In this forgotten action thriller its Gomez Addams son Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton who are the main rising stars, the rest of the youngsters have fallen by the way side. But unlike some other young gun lineups this film also includes various adult stars to add that bit of quality to the film. Dare I say it? the plot is basically Die Hard in a boarding school? sure it is. Group of terrorists take over a posh school for kids of rich families. Their purpose is solely to see the release of the terrorist leaders father who is some kind of drug kingpin. So its up to this small band of plucky smart ass teens to take back control of their school from the nasty bad guys with automatic weapons. The similarities to that certain Bruce Willis franchise are clear to see. If you take the basic premise of Die Hard and mix it with 'The Goonies' and 'The A-Team' you see what I mean. The teens in the story use their skills, knowledge of the school and cheekiness to somewhat outwit the bad guys and slightly disable them for the special ops guys to mop up. There is a very fine line between a happy go lucky boys own adventure flick, and in your face bloody squibbed violence which is a bit odd actually. Its difficult to know what the film is trying to be, an adult action film or a light-hearted teen flick. The young cast are clearly enjoying themselves in their roles which gives off a vibe which clashes badly against the older actors. The bad guys and their leader played menacingly by Divoff are really going for broke and being damn ruthless gunning innocents down and chucking them out of helicopters etc...Problem is these two sides just don't gel too well together, seeing Astin playing an older version of 'Mouth' from 'The Goonies' and Denholm Elliot playing an old lovable professor set against Divoff's cold blooded killer feels uncomfortable (Divoff really relishing his gritty evil Colombian drug lord role). Its like two different films. Yet despite the moments of bloodshed the action is so predictable and almost childish as it unravels. The special ops guys at the end come across as inept, plus there is like a whole army of them and it takes them some time to take out just two bad guys. There are only twelve bad guys and it really feels like there needed to be more to make the ending more exciting. The action and soundtrack was reaching such a crescendo in the finale...but because there are so few bad guys in the end it feels totally deflating. Also the way the special ops storm the school, they could of just done that straight away! apparently it would of made no difference. I love how all the Colombian bad guys are dressed up as sweaty, dirty, vest wearing guerrilla fighters with headbands and lots of stubble. Not too stereotypical then. The very end is also terribly corny and unoriginal, surely Divoff could of gone out in a slightly more exciting way? Oh yeah there's even a crawling in an air duct homage to 'Die Hard'. This was one of those films that I enjoyed back in the day when I was much younger mainly because the young cast were appealing. I kinda looked up to them as I did with other similar brat pack flicks (wanted to be them) and I was around their age when I first saw it (or a bit younger). Looking back now the film isn't really too good, its actually really dumb, looks silly and has an even sillier title. It sounds predictable I know but it really does feel as if they wanted to make a 'Die Hard' for teens.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2008
    Another in the "Die Hard in a..." series finds terrorists seizing control of a prep school for troublesome teens. While the military forms a perimeter outside the school, the students decide to take a stand against their captors. While it sounds utterly ridiculous, the movie works because the students (with the exception of wussy Wil Wheaton trying to play a tough NY mobster's son) are believable, and the threats against them credible. The Goonies' Sean Astin is the lead "Reject", as they are nicknamed, who amass as much information as they can about the terrorists, and attempt to get it to the military without getting caught. Louis Gossett Jr is the no-nonsense dean of the school who tries to convince the military leaders that if these kids have some kind of plan, they should listen. More of tension filled cat and mouse game, than a guns blazing action movie, it does have its fair share of action. When the Army finally unleashes their assault, it comes across as a believable attack, not a cartoonish shoot out. It's leads to an exciting finale that ratchets up the tension to the boiling point in the final moments. It makes the most of the school grounds, and the students knowledge of it as they sneak around, spying on the terrorists, and trying to save themselves in the process. The film wisely allows the kids to be kids, and shows that you should never count them out when they are determined. Even Rejects.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2007
    Good. When you are a kid you want your school to be taken over by bad guys because you have seen so many movies with the same senario that you would know how to save the day. I know I do.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2007
    A great premise, dumb film, yet it's undeniably fun in a sort of dumb way.
    Michael S Super Reviewer

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