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The Toy (1982)

 -  Comedy  -  10 December 1982 (USA)
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An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

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On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric's "toy", but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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When Jackie Gleason Told His Son He Could Have Any Present He Wanted, He Picked The Most Outrageous Gift Of All... Richard Pryor.

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Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Su juguete preferido  »

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$50,400,000 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In his E! True Hollywood Story bio, Scott Schwartz says that the hardest part of making this movie was working with Jackie Gleason. Because Schwartz was trained to memorize his lines, he would always get thrown off by Gleason's improvisations, resulting in his getting yelled at repeatedly by Gleason. See more »

Goofs

The boxing robot does not hit Jack in the groin. It actually hits Jack on the outside of his left hip. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brown: Two-seven.
U.S. Bates: Two-five.
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U.S. Bates: I wonder if Eric knows what kind of a bastard he's getting.
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I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence and Frank Musker
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Above Average Comedy
30 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is the toy Gleason or Pryor's best movie, don't make me laugh. But it shouldn't have been trashed the way it was and still is because a bunch of politically correct pseudo-intelectuals in the media resented the racial undertones. The weakest link in this movie is the script. it could have been so much better. The editing is pretty spotty too. That much said it will make you laugh, and Gleason's performance is sincere, especially during the emotional conclusion. The complaints if the child actor's performance are justified, but mcalaey caulken was awful...he's a kid. what do you expect? I feel as if this movie got a bum rap for political reasons, and that's just a shame because funny is funny and that's the bottem line.


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