December 18th, 1992



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When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 4.7/10 (15,928 voted)

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack

An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action.

Writers: Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson

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 - Choir Soloist
Julio Oscar Mechoso - Cortez
Jamie Foxx - Baker
Shelly Desai - Shimera
Blake Clark - Hagenstern
Art Metrano - Guard at Desk

Taglines: Laughter is a state of mind.

Release Date: 18 December 1992

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $21,452,082 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

Did You Know?

The blue car that Leslie drives is a very rare 1950 Muntz Jet, of which less than 400 were made.

Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the film when the Zevo tombstone (stone elephant) is flying through the air, the wire carrying the elephant is clearly visible.

Leslie Zevo: Aww, he broke my sister.

User Review

One of the most underrated movies of all time

Rating: 10/10

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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