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Toys (1992)

Robin Williams , Michael Gambon , Barry Levinson  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright, LL Cool J
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry Levinson, Valerie Curtin
  • Producers: Barry Levinson, Charles Newirth, Mark Johnson, Peter Giuliano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKT5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Toys" on IMDb

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There are two reasons to see Toys: some phenomenal visual spectacle and the utterly adorable performance of Joan Cusack. The story: When the founder of the Zevo toy factory dies, he leaves it to his militaristic brother Leland (Michael Gambon) instead of to his whimsical son Leslie (Robin Williams). When Leland starts making war toys (and worse, actual weapons masquerading as toys), Leslie is forced to stop being capricious and take on some authority. Toys is supposedly about innocence and peace, but really it's director Barry Levinson's cry of anxiety about modern-day playthings, particularly video games--which is almost psychic of him, given how video games have started to devour the entertainment market. Fans of Williams will enjoy his performance; the visual design really is gorgeous; and Cusack, as Leslie's sister Alsatia, is so lovely she almost carries the film through its muddled themes. Almost. --Bret Fetzer

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Enter a spectacular world of whimsy, fun and fantasy in this acclaimed visual extravaganza directed by Barry Levinson. Robin Williams stars as Leslie Zevo, a fun-loving adult who must save his late father's toy factory from his evil uncle (Michael Gambon), a war-loving general who builds weapons disguised as toys. Aided by his sister (Joan Cusack) and girlfriend (Robin Wright), Leslie sets out to thwart his uncle and restore joy and innocence to their special world.

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one you experience, not watch. February 9, 2004
If some songs are enjoyable more on account of their phonic sound than the actual melody they offer, then Toys likewise, is a film that can be enjoyed more for its sheer imagery than for its none-too-profound storyline. As many critics--even the adoring ones--will tell you, this movie won't be remembered on the strength of its plot. It's an uncomplicated (if also a little thematically-preachy) story of youthful innocense, big-bully intimidation, and then conclusively, of victorious, passive retaliation. And they're all worthy concepts. However, Barry Levinson doesn't make his audiences mull them over during the movie. To the contrary, it's rather difficult to ponder much of anything in light of the devastatingly gorgeous scenery, the brilliantly simple contraptions, and the fairytale-like quality of the characters.
If ever there was a celluloid catalyst for shattering actor typecasts, this was it. Robin Williams' performance reveals a mostly unfamiliar vulnerable sincerity that, frankly, creeped me out a couple times throughout the story. Similarly, you have Joan Cusack at her most delicate and gently-spoken (with exception of course to the laughable observation she makes in regards to war being "the domain of a small..." so on and so forth). L.L. Cool J competently delivers the role of a convincingly clean, wholesome, family-valued military man caught between the warring factions of his own family, represented by a hawk (his own father, played by the appropriately casted Michael Gambon) and the dove (a perpetually juvenile Williams). Robin Wright Penn isn't given much of a stage in Toys, and consequently her performance is less than striking here.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for the Imagination! November 17, 2002
By Tom
It is very difficult to believe this film is celebrating its 10th anniversary. TOYS was released in 1992 when I was seven, and I'm still devastated I never got to see the fantastic visuals and hear the utterly warped (yet fantastic) soundtrack ... ah well. This is unequovically my all time favourite film. I can see why TOYS generated such a lot of negative press. 20th Century Fox indeed took a gamble with Barry Levison's pet project and commisioned an enormous (even by today's standards) $80 million budget ... Sadly, it didn't carry the mainstream flag of "big guns, girls and perfunctory screenplay", and hence pulled in a dissapointing $21 million in the USA. Like the controversial Bond film "Licence To Kill", age has proved kinder to this film. I won't go to explain the backbone of the story, as many reviewers have done this already, but I will say, no matter what age you are, there is some mystical magic about TOYS that refuses to subside no matter how much you try and dislike it. Robin Williams gives a typically aloof and sensitive performance (note the similarities to him in Hook), and the support is fantastic. Joan Cusack, Michael Gambon, LL Cool J & Robin Wight Penn all deliver great performances also. Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal) gives us a slightly militaristic score and the production design was more than Oscar material.
The real deal though is how all these elements combine to make a dizzying comical farce that is intertwined with a real human backstory. In these modern times, when the world is as uncertain as it has ever been .. it's very comforting to see the subtle anti-war critique that oozes from Robin Williams performance. The pyrotechnic - heavy ending combined with the Frankie Goes To Hollywood tune is sheer masterpiece of NON MAINSTREAM Hollywood.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.... November 30, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was quite surprised to see 48 reviews for this obscure movie. I know it is a "love it or hate it" film, but I have to admit I am in the former group. I first saw this movie while spending the night in a hotel in Garmisch, Germany; and I was so drawn into it I put off dinner (hard for me to do with the excellent food in Germany) until it was over. I can understand why a lot of people are disappointed with this movie, it isn't the normal Robin Williams performance. If you are expecting 'Mork and Mindy' then go rent 'Mrs Doubtfire.' I am sure some are appalled over the fact that there is a message in this movie as well, we want to see robin act like the clown prince, not tell us that violent toys are bad! However, if you can get past those two points, you are in for one of the best abstract movies of the past decade. I am glad a majority of the reviews are in favor of this movie, it may not have made a lot of money at the box office but it is cinematic art.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding May 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Robin Williams adds charm to any movie hes in. TOYS is no exception. The sets are surreal, the music is hip and original, and the cast is well selected. Joan Cusack, LL Cool J doing what he should be instead of signing, and others. The movie is rather deep in theme as it tells the story of good against evil. However, knee-slapping humor is impecably weaved through every potentially boring scene. A lover of poetic justice and plain old fun movies will enjoy TOYS.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's a tradition of whimsy here at Zebo Toys." December 20, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I describe this movie as whimsical. That's a nice way of saying that most people won't like it. You're definitely not going to like it if you have no imagination and you expect your movies to make sense. Like any work that strays so far from the mainstream, it's going to go over the top sometimes, but let that slide and enjoy the bits that do catch your fancy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great movie arrived on time
Published 16 days ago by Norma Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams before his maniac roles - a nice look back on his early...
My tape-to-DVD copy went belly up and I spend an inordinate amount of retirement dollars to replace it with this new DVD. Read more
Published 17 days ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
adorns loved it oh robbin is a gem
Published 25 days ago by amalitsa anastasiou
5.0 out of 5 stars REST IN PEACE ROBIN WILLIAMS😞😞
Published 1 month ago by andy g
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but a good movie.
I like this movie even though it is kind of weird.
Published 1 month ago by Charity Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars bought for my daughter
My daughter loves this movie, I don't know why. I love Robin Williams movies but this one is just not me.
Published 3 months ago by Deany
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie...
I've had this sound track for years and still enjoy it! This is a whimsical movie that will delight both young and old alike.
Published 5 months ago by Sally Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under-rated
I'm not sure why this movie did not earn more praise from critics or do better at the box office, but despite that? Read more
Published 6 months ago by MoserGray
1.0 out of 5 stars Two hours of my life that I will never get back...
Terrible movie! It's not even bad in a funny way. How did this get made? What a useless waste of time! The soundtrack is also awful.
Published 7 months ago by Jen WB
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Treat Inspired by Magritte
This is a very clever premise, but with majorly impressive visual impact. The sets are inspired by the imaginative paintings of Rene Magritte. Read more
Published 8 months ago by olivia seals
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Is there ever a soundtrack for Toys ?
Yes, but appears to be out of print now. Some sellers are asking ridiculous amounts for it.
Dec 10, 2011 by Jesse W. Skeen |  See all 4 posts
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