Toy Soldiers (1991)

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An exclusive prep school becomes the target of a terrorist attack in this action-adventure. The terrorists, part of a South American drug cartel, hold the school hostage to demand the release of an American prisoner; what they don't know is that the students have their own plan to fight back.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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
Todd Bonifant
as Student
Mike Rogerson
as Student
Cliff McLaughlin
as Commando
Brian Williams
as Commando
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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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 12, 2008
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May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Toy Soldiers

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 Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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½

Entertaining if farfetched suspense film. While some of the dialogue is full of purple prose the perfomances are committed. Gossett is full of his usual resoluteness, the boys all earnest and the villains properly hissable. You'll forget it 10 minutes after watching but during the running time its involving.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

A great premise, dumb film, yet it's undeniably fun in a sort of dumb way.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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