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Toy Soldiers (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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In this carefully crafted suspense thriller, a group of problem students at an exclusive Northeastern prep school band together to wage a desperate and deadly campaign against terrorists who lay siege to their school in an effort to free a Colombian drug lord from an American prison.
Toy Soldiers is a slick dose of high-concept absurdity, and lots of fun if you don't think about it afterward. Adapted from a novel by William P. Kennedy, it's got the swift momentum that's a specialty of screenwriter David Koepp, whose later credits include Jurassic Park and Spider-Man. Matching Koepp's narrative energy is director and cowriter Daniel Petrie Jr., who wrote Beverly Hills Cop, and whose big-screen career stalled after this crowd-pleasing debut. The hokey plot involves a class of prep-school misfits (led by Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton) who use their rebellious ingenuity to foil Colombian terrorists who've taken over their school. The lead villain (Andrew Divoff) demands the return of his extradited drug-lord father (one of the prep students is the residing judge's son), and the inevitable showdown provides a heady mix of nonsense, graphic violence, and military muscle. It shouldn't work but it does, especially if you've got a tolerance for Die Hard clones that barely pass inspection. --Jeff Shannon
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When he gets there with a small army all hell breaks loose. The boys though decide they are not going to take it lying down and organise a fight back. Now this is not a feel good movie with good winning with a smile on its face. There are some pretty nasty scenes here of violence and some full on action. There is no CGI either and you can tell that a lot of cash was thrown at this and mostly to good effect.
There are also some noteworthy support stars here in the shapes of Louis Gossett Jnr and the legendary Denholm Elliott. Some of the outcomes are predictable but despite that this film has stood the test of time reasonably well and is still a very good watch indeed.
That being said, I was thrilled when I saw that this was available on DVD! Without reading the description carefully, I quickly ordered and anxiously awaited the delivery person, popcorn in hand. Caution should have been displayed, and perhaps the description should have been read by me.
Folks, this DVD is NOT IN WIDESCREEN. I have no one to blame but myself, because it is clearly listed as a full screen disc. But seriously... in this era of movie-friendliness, why oh why even bother with full screen releases anymore? Columbia/Tristar usually does an admirable job with their DVD packages, and for the most part provides a widescreen transfer. A lot of their discs offer both presentations, which is fine, but if you are going to choose one, full screen is the wrong way to go.
So my rant here folks is not at the seller, or the content. It is at the studio for not bothering to give us the original aspect ratio of this cool little movie. That is why it gets only two stars. In all honesty, with something like The Godfather getting five stars and a Finding Nemo getting four, you can't give this movie more than three. But it would have been a solid three in widescreen. Note to all studios... release your movies in their OAR. I doubt something like Toy Soldiers will ever get another release, so do it right the first time.
The movie takes place in a Prep School for misfit boys. Sean Astin leads a motley crew of bad boys who try to save their school and their friends from a group of Columbian terrorists. He is joined by Will Wheaton and Keith Coogan as two of his friends and Louis Gossett Jr. as the schools headmaster. Astin and his friends come up with a masterful plan to create a landscape of diversions to allow Billy (Astin) to escape the grounds just long enough to deliver schematics of the guns, drawing of the terrorists and where they are placed. He must then make it back in time for roll call or his classmates will be killed. This sets in motion a series of events that gets one boy killed and sneds the rest of the group into warp speed to kick some terrorist a**. This movie was awesome. Great action and good suspense.. I am glad that I can finally get it on DVD.
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Obviously not the greatest movie ever made
but teens agaainst the bad guys brings me back to the Disney movies of old,
quite enjoyable and thought out
The delivery was quick and the movie played well. No complaints. I'm totally satisfied overall.Published 21 months ago by Nnika Hyacienth
Very disappointed -- Looking forward to watching this movie recommended by a family member. When I received it - it was "coded" or "designated" to a certain... Read morePublished on April 10 2014 by Brenda Lahoda
The planning and execution of their plan is just amazing, good acting and good story line to get the bad guysPublished on Sept. 1 2013 by frogmankid
I just love Sean Astin & he should have been awarded for his work on this film. I've been looking for this film on DVD for a long time! Thanks, Amazon. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I just love Sean Astin & he should have been awarded for his work on this film. Also after watching Return of the King, recently released, He really deserved an Oscar for his... Read morePublished on May 28 2004