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General Information

Poster for Toys
  • Directed by

    Barry Levinson

  • Screenplay by

    Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin

  • Music Composed by

    Hans Zimmer

  • Theatrical Release Date

    December 18, 1992

  • DVD Release Date

    October 16, 2001

  • Production Companies

    20th Century Fox, Baltimore Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    20th Century Fox

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Leslie Zevo

  • LL Cool J

    Captain Patrick Zevo

  • Joan Cusack

    Alsatia Zevo

  • Robin Wright

    Gwen Tyler

  • Michael Gambon

    Lt. Gen. Leland Zevo

  • Donald O'Connor

    Kenneth Zevo

  • Arthur Malet

    Owen Owens


Unable to pass on the family business to his sweet but immature son Leslie, eccentric toymaker Kenneth Zevo, upon his death, bequeaths Zevo Toys to his militaristic brother, Lt. General Leland Zevo. General Zevo is out of touch with both toymaking and reality, but he sees a different kind of potential in the toy factory. When the General starts using the factory to make weapons of war, Leslie decides he must take action to save Zevo Toys.



  • Leslie Zevo

    There's a madman at the factory, and it's no longer me.

  • Leslie Zevo

    I was born in the back of a bumper car.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Aww, he broke my sister.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Let's all bob our heads for a brief moment of prayer... those who can.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Bastards! They attacked us while we were at prayer. It's like Pearl Harbor.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Hold 'till you see the lights in their eyes.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Four stores and many Christmases ago, my father brought forth a factory conceived in innocence and joy and squeezable fun for everyone.

  • Leslie Zevo

    Today may be the beginning of the end... or the end of the beginning... or the beginning of the beguine.

  • Leslie Zevo

    In the words of Barbie, "I had a dream house."

  • Leslie Zevo

    In the words of Mahatma Gumby, "We are toys of tolerance, but there's only so much that a toy can tolerate."


Laughter is a state of mind.


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Soundtrack Info

  • Winter Reveries - Excerpts from Symphony No. 1

    Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • The Closing of the Year

    Performed by the Musical Cast of Toys

  • Ebudae

    Performed by Enya

  • The Happy Worker

    Performed by Tori Amos

  • Workers

    Performed by the Musical Cast of Toys

  • Let Joy and Innocence Prevail

    Performed by Pat Metheny

  • The Mirror Song

    Performed by Robin Williams and Joan Cusack (as "Steve and Yolanda")

  • Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (Into the Battle Mix)

    Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

  • In the Still of the Night
  • Nessun Dorma (from Turandot)
  • Once in a Lifetime

Filming Info

  • Dates

    February 25, 1992 - June 26, 1992

  • Locations

    Los Angeles, CA
    Rosalia, WA

International Release Dates

  • Argentina

    March 4, 1993

  • Brazil

    March 13, 1993

  • Japan

    March 20, 1993

  • Australia

    April 1, 1993

  • Hong Kong

    April 8, 1993

  • Denmark

    April 16, 1993

  • Sweden

    April 23, 1993

  • France

    April 28, 1993

  • Italy

    May 6, 1993

  • Hungary

    May 14, 1993

  • Spain

    May 21, 1993

  • Finland

    May 28, 1993

International Titles

  • Portugal

    O Fabricante de Sonhos

  • Canada

    Jouets (French title)

  • Greece


  • Israel


  • Germany

    Tödliches Spielzeug

  • Italy

    Toys - Giocattoli

  • Spain

    Toys: Fabricando Ilusiones

Box Office

  • Gross

    $23,278,931 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $23,278,931 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $4,810,027 (1,272 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    1,294 theaters


  • Academy Awards

    Nom - 1993 - Best Art Direction/Set Decoration
    Nom - 1993 - Best Costume Design

  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

    Nom - 1993 - Saturn Award - Best Actor (Michael Gambon)
    Nom - 1993 - Saturn Award - Best Actor (Robin)
    Nom - 1993 - Saturn Award - Best Costumes (Albert Wolsky)
    Nom - 1993 - Saturn Award - Best Music (Hans Zimmer/Trevor Horn)
    Nom - 1993 - Saturn Award - Best Supporting Actress (Robin Wright Penn)

  • Berlin International Film Festival

    Nom - 1993 - Golden Berlin Bear (Barry Levinson)

  • Razzie Awards

    Nom - 1993 - Worst Director (Barry Levinson)

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