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The Toy (1982)

PG  |   |  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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10 December 1982 (USA)  »

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$50,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Scott Schwartz (who played Eric Bates) became a porn star later in life. 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

O'Brien: Eric Bates will delighted to meet you! The gentleman would be too, his name is Jack Brown. Jack! Master Bates!
Jack Brown: HA HA! MAST!
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Referenced in Deathrow Gameshow (1987) See more »

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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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Don't Toy With Me
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Pryor's early 80s running down the street on fire incident must have affected him somehow. In his stand up,he jokes about it getting great laughs. It seemed to have done something involving the projects he chose. The Toy is about the lamest he ever chose,aside from I guess Another You.

A movie where a white man buys his son a black man? Nice little bit of underlying political incorrectness before thee was such a thing. It's seeing Richard getting all sentimental that made me finally walk out before the end. I wanted to see Pryor get even with this brat,instead it becomes the misunderstood kid nauseum! At least Gleason had his moments. Ignore this and watch Pryor with Gene Wilder or any of his '70s stuff. This is a waste of any movie watcher's time!


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