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Toys (1992)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Leslie Zevo
Michael Gambon ... Lt. General Leland Zevo
Joan Cusack ... Alsatia Zevo
Robin Wright ... Gwen Tyler
LL Cool J ... Captain Patrick Zevo
Donald O'Connor ... Kenneth Zevo
Arthur Malet ... Owen Owens
Jack Warden ... Old General Zevo
Debi Mazar ... Nurse Debbie
Wendy Melvoin Wendy Melvoin ... Choir Soloist
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Cortez
Jamie Foxx ... Baker
Shelly Desai ... Shimera
Blake Clark ... Hagenstern
Art Metrano ... Guard at Desk
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toys See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,452,082
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of five produced cinema movie screenplay collaborations of screenwriters Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson. The films are: Toys (1992), Best Friends (1982), Inside Moves (1980), ...and justice for all. (1979), and Unfaithfully Yours (1984). See more »

Goofs

When General Zevo is in the arcade playing "Tank Gunner" you notice that his score bounces. It's at -2400 at the point where he only shoots UN Trucks (each truck is -1000 points) and in the next seen he's at 1600 points, down to 400, then up to 3600, then down to -6000, then -3400, and finally -7000. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Zevo: I was born in the back of a bumper car.
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Alternate Versions

The UK versions omit a sexual reference to obtain a 'PG' rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

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Nessun Dorma (from Turandot)
Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Ultimately Contradictory
8 January 2004 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

An eccentric, pacifistic toymaker, Robin Williams, learns to take responsibility and assert himself after his father leaves the family toy factory to his uncle, Michael Gambon, a retired army general, who violates the company philosophy by making war toys. Director Barry Levinson, a sometimes brilliant writer, used his considerable prestige to make this very big film built around this very simple analogy: War is bad/innocence (toys) is good. This film would have had more relevance in 1972 than 1992. As it is, it is two decades too late and two tons too heavy. Worse still, the climax is directly contradicts the theme of the film. Robin Williams is only able to gain the maturity to take control of the company by waging a toy war. Hmmmm, maybe war isn't so bad after all. Still, the film is not a total washout. The sets are quite imaginative, and the film does manage to generate an interesting atmosphere - if you're in the mood for such things. The most interesting thing, however, is the casting of rapper LL Cool J as Michael Gambon's son and Robin Williams' cousin. No explanation is given for the fact that he's African-American. That's a nice touch.


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