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Small Soldiers

Promotional poster for US release of Small Soldiers
Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Michael Finnell
Colin Wilson
Written by Gavin Scott
Adam Rifkin
Starring Gregory Smith
Kirsten Dunst
Jay Mohr
Phil Hartman
Kevin Dunn
David Cross
Ann Magnuson
Dick Miller
Wendy Schaal
Robert Picardo
Jacob Smith
Denis Leary
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by - USA -
DreamWorks
- non-USA -
Universal Studios
Release date(s) July 10, 1998 (USA & Canada)
Running time 110 min
Country USA
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
Gross revenue $71,743,823
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Small Soldiers is a 1998 action/science fiction film featuring Gregory Smith and Kirsten Dunst with the voice talents of Tommy Lee Jones and Frank Langella. The film was directed by Joe Dante. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (555x755, 74 KB) Summary movie poster for the American theatrical release of the film Small Soldiers (1998) Source URL: http://www. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... Michael Finnell is a film producer active from the 1970s to the present. ... For other uses, see Colin Wilson (disambiguation). ... Gavin Scott (b. ... Adam Rifkin Adam Rifkin (b. ... Gregory Edward Smith (born July 6, 1983) is a Canadian/American actor. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Jay Mohr Jay Mohr (born August 23, 1970) is a Caucasian American actor and stand-up comedian. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-United States Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... Kevin Dunn (born February 26, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American character actor who has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films since the 1980s. ... David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and actor. ... Ann Magnuson (January 4, 1956) is an American actress, performance artist, and nightclub performer who first gained prominence in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. ... Richard Dick Miller (born December 25, 1928) is an American character actor who has appeared in many films, particularly those produced by Roger Corman, and later in films of directors who started their careers with Corman, including Joe Dante and James Cameron. ... Wendy Schaal (born on 2 July 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American actress. ... Robert Picardo as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager Robert Picardo (born October 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Jacob Smith[1] (born January 21, 1990) is an American actor. ... Denis Leary (born Denis Colin Leary on August 18, 1957) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. ... Jerrald King Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a famous American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the film studio. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Gregory Edward Smith (born July 6, 1983) is a Canadian/American actor. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... Frank A. Langella, Jr. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ...

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Synopsis

The film's setting is Cleveland, OH. The movie is about action toys that begin a real war against each other, as a result of being inadvertently equipped with intelligent military computer chips. This article is about the city in the state of Ohio. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... For other uses, see War (disambiguation). ... Integrated circuit of Atmel Diopsis 740 System on Chip showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery Microchips with a transparent window, showing the integrated circuit inside. ...


Tagline: The few, the proud, and the small.


Plot summary

At the beginning of the film, toymaker Heartland Playsystems is acquired by the multinational conglomerate GloboTech Industries, which is expanding from manufacturing high-quality military hardware, into the more profitable consumer markets. Everyone at Heartland is fired except for two employees: a slick executive named Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) and the not so charismatic scientist Irwin Wayfair (David Cross), the two men responsible for developing the most popular toy in Heartland's history. GloboTech CEO Gil Mars (Denis Leary), pays a visit to Heartland to meet with Larry and Irwin concerning their newest projects. Jay Mohr Jay Mohr (born August 23, 1970) is a Caucasian American actor and stand-up comedian. ... David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and actor. ... Denis Leary (born Denis Colin Leary on August 18, 1957) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. ...


Irwin offers up the Gorgonites, peaceful aliens whose mission is to gather information about Earth, prompting children to learn with them. Mars is not sold on the idea of educational toys, so Larry presents the Commando Elite, a special task force of action figures. Although Larry's video presentation is well done, with soldiers bursting out of their packaging and delivering one-liners, Mars announces that he wants action figures that are true to their commercials, and charges the pair with the task of developing these new "smart toys". He also, despite Irwin's objections, chooses the ugly-looking Gorgonites as their enemies and imposes a deadline of three months, and the sycophantic Larry promises delivery. Omitting product testing to save time, the action figures are also fitted with surplus X-1000 "intelligence" chips designed for use by the military. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Three months later, 15-year-old Alan Abernathy, whose family has moved to Cleveland, OH, is hoping for a fresh start after he was expelled from two schools for playing pranks. Stuart, his father, owns an unsuccessful traditional toy store that doesn't sell electronic toys or violent action figures. Stuart goes on a business trip, leaving Alan in charge of the store. When a delivery truck arrives, Alan sees the boxes containing the Commando Elite and the Gorgonites bound for another larger toy store, and convinces the truck driver, Joe, to leave him a complete set of each. Alan's plan is to sell them before his father returns; he believes that if he can make the shop some money for a change and prove how successful modern toys can be, that his father may have a little more faith in him. The driver helps Alan open the packages and activate the leaders of each side, and agrees that he will "lose the paperwork some place". This article is about the city in the state of Ohio. ... Expulsion is one of words used to describe expulsions after World War II, indicating condemnation of the events. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A toy store, or toy shop, is a retail business specializing in the services of selling toys. ... Zarbon action figure from Dragon Ball Z made by Bandai An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, comic book, video game, or television program. ...


Alan's neighbor Christy Fimple (on whom he has a massive crush) drops by the store, and when Alan leaves the storage room to talk to her, Major Chip Hazard, the Commando Elite's leader, becomes independently active and corners Archer, the Gorgonite leader. Upon Alan's return, they freeze, and when he leaves the store, Archer has stowed away in his backpack, and at home, Alan becomes aware that Archer, and potentially all the toys he got from Joe are self-aware.


During the night, Chip Hazard activates the rest of the Commando Elite: Butch Meathook, Link Static, Brick Bazooka, Nick Nitro, and Kip Killagin. Hazard gives a rousing speech in front of an American flag (reminiscent of the speech in the movie Patton but using clichés and one-liners from famous speeches and other war movies). After a short close-up of the Gorgonite Slamfist, the storefront is shown and sounds of a battle can be heard, with the Gorgonites obviously on the losing end. Patton (UK: Patton: Lust for Glory) is a 1970 epic biographical film which tells the story of General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, and Karl Michael Vogler. ...


When Alan arrives at the toy store in the morning, the store has been trashed. He finds the remains of one destroyed Gorgonite and no sign of the Commando Elite or the remaining Gorgonites. Alan manages to repair most of the damage done to the store and calls the company to complain about the Commandos' actions, but receives only an indifferent response.


Outside, the Commando Elite have been watching the store closely. When Alan rides home on his bicycle, they follow him and find out where he lives, though Brick is injured. During the night, they enter the house, capture Archer, and interrogate him in the kitchen over the garbage disposal. Luckily, Alan awakens and manages to save Archer and drive off the Commando Elite, mortally wounding Nick Nitro in the process by shoving him into the garbage disposal feet first, essentially removing the lower part of his legs. Since the Commandos were asking Archer where the rest of the Gorgonites were, Archer knows that they were not in fact destroyed at the store and are merely doing what they do best: hiding. Nick later dies in Chip's arms. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A kitchen is a room used for food preparation and sometimes entertainment. ...


The Commandos regroup in the Fimple's garage next-door, and, (in the tradition of the "A" Team,) begin to convert all the sharp tools and electrical items into makeshift vehicles and miniature weapons of mass destruction after Nick dies.


Alan returns to the toy store in the morning and finds the rest of the Gorgonites hiding in a dumpster: Ocula, Slamfist, Punch-It, Scratch-It, Insaniac, and Troglokhan ( the damaged Gorgonite ). The Gorgonites have repaired Troglokhan by using half of a radio, turning him into a Freakenstein. Alan takes all of the Gorgonites home with him.


That night, the Commando Elite tap the phone lines and find out about Alan and Christy's relationship. They incapacitate Christy's family and use the deactivated Nick Nitro's "X-1000" microchip, in conjunction with a wild array of electronic equipment and household appliances, to animate (in a scene reminiscent of the Frankenstein films) Christy's Gwendy Doll collection. When Christy arrives home with her boyfriend, the Gwendy dolls quickly tie her up, and the Commandos scare off her boyfriend. Integrated circuit of Atmel Diopsis 740 System on Chip showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery Microchips with a transparent window, showing the integrated circuit inside. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ... Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ...


The Commandos force Christy to make a hostage video that demands that the Gorgonites surrender to them. Alan tricks them by delivering a cardboard box labeled 'Gorgonites', which contains a cassette recorder playing a recording of pleading Gorgonite voices. Alan and Archer sneak into the house to rescue and untie Christy, (who has been tied to a chair and gagged with duct tape) and a battle with the Gwendy dolls ensues from which Alan and Christy emerge victorious, and Christy shows her immense gratitude for her rescue by kissing Alan. For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ... A typical front loading consumer autoreverse hi-fi cassette deck from lte 1980s (SONY TC-RX55), features full electronic transport, Dolby B, C noise reduction and HXPro dynamic headroom expansion A cassette deck is a type of tape recorder for playing or recording audio compact cassettes. ...


Christy, Alan, and Archer make their escape on Christy's motor scooter, and the Commando Elite pursue them on makeshift combat vehicles. The protagonists escape by jumping over a stream while the Commando Elite crash and are destroyed - save for a damaged but intact Chip Hazard, who floats downstream and ends up at the local Toy World. There, Hazard finds and commandeers Joe's delivery truck full of Commando Elite action figures, which were to be recalled following Alan's phone-call.


As the parents meet and begin arguing about what has happened, Larry and Irwin from the toy company arrive in response to Alan's earlier phone call. They have learned about the dangers of the X-1000 chip from the designer, and are trying to circumvent any lawsuits.


Returning to the Abernathy's, Hazard activates dozens of Commandos and declares all-out war on the Gorgonites and their human allies by cutting off the electricity supply. The Commandos shoot nails, flaming tennis balls, and firework rockets at the house. The Earthlings decide to try destroying the Commando Elite by frying their AI chips with an EMP. Alan's mom destroys one of the canons by deflecting one of its shots back onto it with a tennis racket and Alan's dad shoves a broom into another destroying that when it fires. Alan heads to the top of an electric pole, hoping to short out the transformer and thus set off a pulse. The Gorgonites decide to join the battle and commandeer the vehicle that fires nails and take out many commandos. Hazard flies after Alan at the top of the pole in a helicopter, but the Gorgonites manage to shoot it down. Before it crashes into a satellite dish Hazard jumps to the pole to attack Alan. Harassed by Hazard at the top of the pole, Alan is put into dire straits, but that changes when Archer confronts Hazard atop the pole but loses the fight and is pushed off by Hazard. In retaliation, Alan grabs Hazard and jams him between the transformers, and when Phil and Larry overload the power in Fimple's house, it sets off the EMP and shuts down the Gwendy dolls, the Commando Elite, and (presumably) the Gorgonites. Before the transformers overload however Alan falls from the pole into the middle of the surviving Gwendy Dolls and Commando Ellites. Christy rescues him with a lawnmower and the two get to safety before the EMP goes off, destroying the Commandos. The humans finally win. This article is about modern humans. ... The word earthling refers to a being of terrestrial or terran origin, specifically of Earth. ... For other uses, see Transformer (disambiguation). ...


The next morning, Gil Mars arrives in the morning in his trademark black helicopter. He has his assistant pass out huge checks to Joe, the Fimples and the Abernathys to hush things up. Larry is fearful for his job, but Mars proposes that they add a few zeroes to the price of the Commando Elite and sell them to the military he says that he knows "some rebels in Central America" who Mars thinks will find them "entertaining". Mr. Mars, Irwin and Larry depart, leaving everyone else behind. Example of a Canadian cheque. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ...


While cleaning up his back yard alone, after his parents and the Fimples are gone, Alan discovers that the Gorgonites have survived by hiding under the satellite dish, which had been knocked down during the battle and shielded them from the pulse emitted by the transformer. The Gorgonites still want to search for their home, Gorgon, and set out on Stuart's model ship in a river in Yosemite National Park; Alan is the only one to see them off. Sky Digital mini-dish Astros mini-dish. Special dish for up to 16 satellite positions (Ku-band) Satellite dish antenna for C-Band Satellite Dishes installed on an apartment complex A satellite dish is a type of parabolic antenna designed with the specific purpose of transmitting signals to and... Yosemite redirects here. ...


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Characters

Humans

  • Alan Abernathy: The 15-year-old protagonist of the movie has been expelled from two schools for playing pranks, though the rumors around his new school say ten. His parents moved to New Braunfels, Texas, hoping to start over. He befriended the Gorgonites.
  • Christy Fimple: a girl on whom Alan has a crush and who happens to be his next-door neighbor. She was captured by the Commando Elite, but after Alan rescues her, she starts a relationship with him.
  • Stuart Abernathy: Alan's father, who owns an unsuccessful, traditional toy store that sells no electronic toys or violent action figures.
  • Phil Fimple: Christy's father and the Abernathys' technophile, bothersome neighbour.
  • Timmy Fimple: Christy's brother.

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The Commando Elite

The Commando Elite are the main villains of the film. This team is the enemy of the Gorgonites and those who ally with them. Larry Benson is their creator. The Commando Elite consists of:

  • Major Chip Hazard: The leader of the Commando Elite and the film's primary antagonist. He is the arch enemy of Archer, the leader of the Gorgonites, who was equipped with a (nonfunctional) pistol and later uses a knife. Alan puts him on the transformers, completing the circuit which fried him. He is voiced by Tommy Lee Jones. He surives the destruction of his men during a battle with Alan and Christy and proves to be very resilant.
  • Butch Meathook: The Commando Elite sniper, who is also equipped with grenades. He is voiced by Jim Brown.
  • Link Static: The Commando Elite communications expert, capable of tapping phone lines. Puncutates his sentences with static crackling. Link Static was voiced by Bruce Dern.
  • Brick Bazooka: The Commando Elite artillerist. He was injured when pursuing Alan's bike, losing his legs and lower torso (though he was patched together by the other Commandos afterwards). Brick was voiced by George Kennedy.
  • Nick Nitro: The Commando Elite demolitions expert. Carries a lot of (toy) explosives, and can improvise demolition charges from household items such as spray cans. Nitro tried to attack Alan when he was rescuing Archer, but ended up being thrust into the garbage disposal, losing his legs in the "attack" mortally wounding him. He then crawled in the Fimples garage and died in Major Hazards' arms. Nitro was voiced by Clint Walker.
  • Kip Killagin: The Commando Elite's cigar-chomping covert operations expert. Notable about his gear are the oversized shuriken on his vest. Kip was voiced by Ernest Borgnine.

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The Gorgonites

The Gorgonites are the heroes of the film. This team of mutant aliens are programmed to search for the peaceful land of Gorgon. Led by Archer, the Gorgonites originally have only two options when dealing with the Commando Elite - hide or die - that are hardcoded into their original programming. The Gorgonites consist of: This article is about biological mutants. ... Green people redirects here. ...

  • Archer: The leader of the Gorgonites. As his name suggests, Archer is armed with a crossbow attached to his left arm. Archer is the bravest of the Gorgonites and convinces the others to fight. He is voiced by Frank Langella.
  • Ocula: A one-eyed insect-like creature who is very shy. Ocula cannot speak like the others, and does not seem adverse to put his only eye in jeopardy. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Punch-It and Scratch-It: Punch-It and Scratch-It are constant companions. Punch-It resembles a humanoid brontotherium, while Scratch-It looks like an orange legless monster who resembles a frog and walks on her hands and sits on Punch-It when travelling. Punch-It is voiced by Harry Shearer and Scratch-It is voiced by Christopher Guest.
  • Insaniac: A purple monster who is positively insane. He spins about like the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes and speaks very quickly. He has the personality of a comedian. His weapon is a ball-and-chain mace. He is voiced by Michael McKean.
  • Slamfist: Slamfist, a hunchback, is Archer's best friend. His left hand is replaced by large boulder-like fist. Slamfist is a bit dim-witted, but his fist is powerful. He is voiced by Christopher Guest.
  • Freakenstein: Originally known as Troglokhan, Freakenstein is a Frankenstein's monster-like creature. He was disassembled by the Commandos when they wreaked havoc in Alan's toy shop and rebuilt by the Gorgonites with a radio as part of the body. He is voiced by Michael McKean.
  • Stench: This Gorgonite only appears in the game version of Small Soldiers
  • Nibble: A flying Gorgonite who is exclusive to the Small Soldiers game.

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Irregularities

  • In the manufacture scene, the head is shown as a plastic face. When Major Chip Hazard removes Nick Nitro's head, it is similar to a latex mask.
  • When Major Chip Hazard pulls apart Nick Nitro's head, the X-1000 is in the side. During the manufacture scene, it is shown being attached to the back of the head.

Tribute

  • This was Phil Hartman's final film in a live action performance. The film was posthumously released less than two months after his murder.
    • The film included a short single blooper of Phil after the credits, followed by the words "For Phil".

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References to Gremlins

  • Look closely in the scene when Ocula's eye is peering out; there is a torn picture of Gizmo the mogwai.
  • Irwin's password is "Gizmo" the name of the mogwai from the films.
  • The attack of the Gwendy dolls and the final battle between the commandos and the Gorgonites are similar to the Gremlin attacks.
  • More indirectly, actor Dick Miller has performed Murray Futterman in both Gremlins movies.
  • Joe Dante, who directed Small Soliders, also directed both Gremlins movies.
  • Irwin Wayfair refers to Larry Benson as Gizmo when they are in the Abernathy household, this however may not be an intentional reference to Gremlins; Larry had used Irwin's password to order the munitions chips that were installed in the Gorgonites and Commandos, which Irwin was less-than-impressed to discover.
  • When Alan digs through the dumpster to look for the Gorgonites, a toy "Gizmo" can be seen in the garbage.

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References to pop culture

  • The voices of the Commando Elite, except for Major Chip Hazard and Link Static, are played by the actors of The Dirty Dozen.
  • The voices of the Gorgonites, except for Archer and Ocula, are played by the actors of This Is Spinal Tap.
  • The scene where Chip Hazard is addressing his men is similar to a scene in the movie Patton where he talks about the coming war, the music is identical.
  • The scene where Nick Nitro is fatally wounded and says "it's just a flesh wound" is possibly a reference to the black knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • At the end of the movie, Slamfist says "I hope we don't hit an iceberg," a possible reference to the Titanic.
  • During the battle, when Slamfist is swinging on the bell, he is chanting "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!" as a parody to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
  • During the finale, there is a direct reference to Apocalypse Now, with Chip Hazard flying into the house on a toy helicopter, whilst the Ride of the Valkyries plays. Hazard also says "I love the smell of polyurethane in the morning"
  • The film is one of the few films to feature music by Led Zeppelin ("Communication Breakdown"), a band who are known to rarely license their music for use in films. The scene in which the song is used takes place in a bedroom covered with Led Zeppelin posters.
  • In the scene where the Commando Elite are charging through the break in the fence they are chanting "I don't know what I've been told, but Gorgonite blood runs mighty cold." This is a reference to Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick) where the troops are chanting "I don't know what I've been told, but eskimo pussy is mighty cold.".
  • In Alan's bedroom a Powerman 5000 poster can be seen above the stair.
  • Just before chip Hazard gives the order to the other Commandos to destroy the Gorgonites in the store, he says that they are "the best of the best," a reference to a line in Men in Black in which Tommy Lee Jones who voices Chip plays one of the main characters.
  • When Alan is trying to escape in order to blow the transformer, he is shot at with a nailgun by a soldier who then exclaims "What's the matter kid? Don't you like nine inch nails?"
  • The punk band The Gorgonites were based off of the name
  • Kip Killigan says "All quiet on the Western Frontyard" Which is a parody of the war movie All Quiet on the Western Front. Ernest Borgnine, who voices Kip, Played Sergant Kat in All Quiet on the Western Front.

For the rap group, see D12. ... This Is Spin̈al Tap (which is officially spelled with a non-functional umlaut symbol over the N) is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the semi-fictional heavy-metal glam rock band Spinal Tap. ... Patton (UK: Patton: Lust for Glory) is a 1970 epic biographical film which tells the story of General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, and Karl Michael Vogler. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ... The New York Herald reports the disaster. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (original French title, Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. ... Apocalypse Now is a 1979 Academy Award and Golden Globe winning American film set during the Vietnam War. ... Arthur Rackhams illustration to the Ride of the Valkyries The Ride of the Valkyries (German: Walkürenritt) is the popular term for the beginning of Act III of Die Walküre by Richard Wagner. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Communication Breakdown is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin. ... For the type of ammunition, see Full metal jacket bullet. ... Powerman 5000 is a Boston-based rock band formed in 1991. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. ...

Burger King Commercial Tie In

A TV commercial for Burger King, which had done a co-promotion with the film, shows Major Hazard being court martialed on the charge of taking an unauthorized absence (or AWOL) from his base in order to go to a Burger King and purchase the new Rodeo Burger. The lawyer yells at Major Hazard "Did you order the Rodeo Burger?!", to which Hazard responds "You are darn straight I did!", shocking the courtroom with his response. Major Hazard is then handcuffed and being led away by military police soldiers who ask him "That Rodeo Burger, was it worth it?", and Hazard responds "You cannot handle the Rodeo Burger!" This commercial was clearly a parody of famous scenes in A Few Good Men. Burger King (NYSE: BKC), often abbreviated to BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. ... The Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command providing security coverage at the Padang in Singapore during the National Day Parade in 2000. ... A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed on Broadway and was subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. ...


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