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Toys (1992)

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When Lieutenant General Leland Zevo (Sir Michael Gambon) inherits a toymaking 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

Eccentric toymaker Kenneth Zevo (Donald O'Connor) last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is Lieutenant General Leland Zevo (Sir Michael Gambon), and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie (Robin Williams), 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,810,027, 20 December 1992

Gross USA:

$23,278,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,278,931
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Much of the look drew its inspiration from surrealist painter René Magritte. This is most obvious in the break in scene where Leslie Zevo (Robin Williams) and Alsatia Zevo (Joan Cusack) pretend they're doing a music video featuring raining men in the background. 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

Owen Owens: Leslie! How are we going to get into the restricted area?
Leslie Zevo: MTV! MTV!
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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 »

Soundtracks

Let Joy and Innocence Prevail
Written by Trevor Horn and Hans Zimmer
Performed by Grace Jones
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One of the most underrated movies of all time
15 December 2004 | by RingoZeitgeistSee all my reviews

It's hard to think of a movie that divides its audience as deeply as "Toys" does. Few people will say this movie is "fair." Instead, people often call it the best movie ever made or the worst... and they mean it!

Even its severest critics grudgingly admit that it's visually stunning and has perhaps the best soundtrack of the decade ("Happy Worker" is a classic, and "At the Closing of the Year" is, in my opinion, the best Christmas song written in the past 30 years). It's clearly Oscar-worthy in the categories of music and set design.

Most people who've seen it agree that Joan Cusack's quirky characterization is wonderful and that the vignettes provided Robin Williams with a springboard for some of the best ad libs of his career. And the story, a whimsical fable of innocence versus corruption, is as unlikely to give offense as any you can name. So, you'd expect the movie's critics to say "I didn't care for it," instead of "Everyone associated with this movie should be ashamed!"

When I like something and others don't, I hesitate to say they don't "get it," but in the case of "Toys," it really is true. It's no coincidence that many visual references to the work of Rene Magritte keep popping up. "Toys" is a surrealist movie, and like any work of surrealism, it has a simple veneer over a more sophisticated message, one that defies explanation and works on the level of a dream. This movie is more "Mulholland Drive" than "Willie Wonka."

Whether you will like this movie depends entirely on how your mind works. Poets will probably love it. Engineers will probably hate it.


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