Small Soldiers

Trivia: When Alan is digging through the garbage can looking for the Gorgonites, a toy Mogwai can be seen in it. A little tribute to Joe Dante's 1984 film Gremlins.


Trivia: Shortly before the film's release, actor Phil Hartman was shot and killed by his wife, who then killed herself. The film was re-edited to remove any scenes where the soldiers had their weapons pointed directly at Hartman. Also removed was one of his lines: "I think I'm having an aneurysm."

Jeff Swanson

Trivia: When Brick Bazooka loses his legs to Alan's bike gear, he emits a high-pitched, half-choked scream just before he hits the ground. This is the infamous "Wilhelm scream" and can be heard in several other movies as well: in Star Wars - A New Hope, when Luke shoots a stormtropper in the shaft-swinging scene; in Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers, when an Elf warrior is thrown off the Helm's Deep wall; and in Lord Of The Rings - Return of The King, when a Gondor soldier fleeing from Osgilliath is snatched up and dumped by a Nazgul steed. The earliest movie I have heard the scream in so far is the 1954 horror movie 'Them' (when Ben Peterson is killed by a giant ant near the end). Wilhelm screamWiki-Info

Trivia: "Small Soldiers" was initially made as a dark, edgy satirical movie for teenagers and young adults. However, due to sponsors, tie-ins and studio demands, at the last minute director Joe Dante was forced to edit the movie to try and make it appeal to kids. This is part of the reason why the film's tone is all over the place, and it sometimes feels very silly and child-friendly... while at other times it feels a creepy and inappropriate. It's a bit of a Frankenstein monster.


Trivia: The voices of the Commando Elite, except for Chip Hazard and Link Static, are provided by the actors of The Dirty Dozen and the voices of the Gorgonites, except for Archer and Ocula, are played by the actors of This Is Spinal Tap.

Jedd Jong

Trivia: The name "Chip Hazard" comes from one of Phil Hartman's stand-up comedy bits. He's a detective who solves the strangest cases. The most well-known was when he tried to solve the death of Hamlet's father.

Visible crew/equipment: When Alan throws his father's broken radio into the box and he turns around to talk to the girl on the ladder, the reflection of a crew member wearing a white T-shirt can be seen in the monitor on the desk as the camera follows Alan. (00:30:40)

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