Small Soldiers (1998)

Dolby Digital, Digital DTS, SDDS, English

An American science fiction film directed by Joe Dante.

Plot Summary

A group of toy are implanted with faulty military grade and run amok in a quiet suburb.


Directed by: Joe Dante
© 1998 DreamWorks LLC and Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present
Executive Producer: Walter Parkes
Produced by: Michael Finnell and Colin Wilson
Co-producer: Paul Deason
Written by: Gavin Scott and Adam Rifkin and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio; Zak Penn [uncredited]
Director of Photography: Jamie Anderson
Film Editor: Marshall Harvey
Editor: Michael Thau
Music Composed and Conducted by: Jerry Goldsmith
Production Sound Mixer: Ken King
Costume Designer: Carole Brown-James
Makeup Department Head: Christina Smith
Hair Department Head: Judy Alexander-Cory
Special Effects Coordinator: Kenneth D. Pepiot
Action Figures and Animatronic Design: Stan Winston
Visual Effects Supervisor: Stefen Fangmeier
Special Visual Effects and Animation by: Industrial Light & Magic
Animation Supervisor: David Andrews
Production Designer: William Sandell
Filmed at: Universal City Studios, Inc., Warner Bros. Studios, California

Kirsten Dunst (Christy Fimple)
Gregory Smith (Alan Abernathy)
Jay Mohr (Larry Benson)
Phil Hartman (Phil Fimple)
Kevin Dunn (Stuart Abernathy)
David Cross (Irwin Wayfair)
Ann Magnuson (Irene Abernathy)
Dick Miller (Joe)
Wendy Schaal (Marion Fimple)
Robert Picardo (clean room technician [Ralph])
Jacob Smith (Timmy Fimple)
Denis Leary (Gil Mars)
Frank Langella (the voice of Archer)
Tommy Lee Jones (the voice of Major Chip Hazard)

The Commando Elite voices by original cast members of “The Dirty Dozen”
Ernest Borgnine [Kip Killagin]
Jim Brown [Butch Meathook]
George Kennedy [Brick Bazooka]
Clint Walker [Nick Nitro]
Bruce Dern (voice of Link Static)

The Gorgonites voices by members of “Spinal Tap”
Christopher Guest [Slamfist/Scratch-It]
Michael McKean [Insaniac/Freakenstein]
Harry Shearer [Punch-It]

The Gwendy Dolls voices by
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Christina Ricci

Alternative Titles

Chipkatonák – Hungarian title
The Commando Elite – working title
Küçük askerler – Turkish title
Mali vojnici – Croatian, Serbian title
Mali zolnierze – Polish title
Mikroi stratiotes – Greek title
Pequenos Guerreiros – Brazilian, Portuguese etitle
Pequeños guerreros – Argentine, Mexican, Spanish title
Petits soldats – French Canadian title
Pienet soturit – Finnish title
Små soldater – Swedish title
Žaisliniai kareiveliai – Lithuanian title
Μικροί στρατιώτες – Greek title
Малките войници – Bulgarian title
Солдатики – Russian, Ukrainian title


  • Periodicals
  • Cinefantastique vol.30 no.9/10 (November 1998) pp.122-123 – illustrated article (Small Soldiers by Bill Kelley)
  • Cinefex no.75 (October 1998) pp.96-117 – illustrated article (A Small Soldiers story by Jody Duncan)
  • Cinema Scope no.2 (Winter 2000) p.36 – article (The Strike Back: Gremlins 2: A New Batch and Small Soldiers by Jason Anderson)
  • The Directors Guild of America Magazine vol.23 no.2 (June/July 1998) pp.68-73 – interview with Joe Dante (Son of the Saturday Matinee by Catherine Valeriote)
  • Empire no.110 (August 1998) p.12 – review
  • Empire no.113 (November 1998) pp.38; 152 – illustrated review (New films by Caroline Westbrook); soundtrack review (Music soundtracks etc.)
  • Empire no.119 (May 1999) p.127 – video review (Videos to rent by Darren Bignell)
  • Film Quarterly vol.53 no.4 (Summer 2000) pp.41-46 (article (Toys in the Attic: The Unsung Pleasures (and Terrors) of Babe: Pig in the City and Small Soldiers by Christopher Kelly)
  • Film Tutti i Film della Stagione vol.5 no.36 (November/December 1998) pp.69-71 – article (by Simone Emiliani)
  • Le Film Francais no.2736 (4 September 1998) p.27 – review (Small Soldiers)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.350 no.36 (6 January 1998) p.23 – note (Production by Brian Fuson)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.350 no.7 (18 November 1997) p.27 – credits (Films in Production by Brian Fuson)
  • Interzone no.139 (January 1999) p.42 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Legend no.27 (1998) p.43 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by Dirk Wickenden)
  • Music from the Movies no.21 (Autumn 1998) p.16 – soundtrack review (Film music review by Andrew Keech)
  • Screen International no.1154 (17 April 1998) p.10 – preview (US summer movies preview: the lizard king? by Mike Goodridge)
  • Screen International no.1168 (24 July 1998) p.19 – credits, review (Small Soldiers by John Hazelton)
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.4 (April 2001) p.64 – DVD review (Home movies: reviews by Danny Leigh)
  • Sight & Sound vol.8 no.10 (October 1998) pp.55-56 illustrated credits, synopsis, review (Reviews by Jonathan Romney)
  • Starburst no.243 (November 1998) pp.44-47 – article (Small but perfectly formed by Matthew Hastings)
  • Starburst no.276 (August 2001) p.70 – review (Reviews: videofile by Ian Atkins)
  • TV Guide vol.46 no.21 (23 May 1998) p.31 – preview (Summer movie preview: Small Soldiers)
  • Variety 13 July 1998 p.54 – credits, review (by Leonard Klady)