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SMALL SOLDIERS (1998)

USA, 1998 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“There will be no mercy.” - major Chip Hazard

It's the ruthless, armed to the teeth, grotesquely macho Commando Elite versus the noble, cowardly, freakish Gorgonites in the third chapter of Dante's war trilogy (after Matinee and The Second Civil War).

In this epic conflict between toys - some programmed to kill, others to run and hide - can be found all of Dante's major themes, his politics and obsessions. With hints of Gulliver's Travels and an army of mutant Barbie dolls straight out of Bride of Frankenstein, Small Soldiers is Dante's most moving tribute to the endless powers of imagination.

“Dante's unpretentious fantasy romps have more to say about the American psyche, pop culture and the ideology of violence than anything dreamed up by Steve Spielberg or George Lucas.” - Chicago Reader

D Joe Dante P Michael Finnell, Colin Wilson, Paul Deason S Gavin Scott, Adam Rifkin, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio WS Universal Pictures TD 35mm/1998

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