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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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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

When Jack and Eric accidentally burst into Fräulein's room, she had been watching film of Adolf Hitler. See more »

Goofs

During the party destruction sequence, audio dialog does not match the actors in several shots, mostly with Jack and Eric. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brown: [Talking to stuffed animals] You know why there's a party downstairs? Do you fellas? Because it's goodbye for you guys. They're not gonna sell you anymore. They got a new toy to sell. It's called a Jack Brown. Me. The wind up asshole. And I'm gonna take over all the stores of America next Christmas. All the kids will be hollering for me. They're not gonna want no teddy bears like you. No they won't and they won't want no sad pandas and no tigers or leopards or lions or dumb rabbits. The kids ...
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The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more »

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Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) 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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Went totally in the wrong direction...
1 February 2009 | by (Minneapolis, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

Richard Pryor stars as a down and out writer who ends up as a human toy for multi-billionaire Jackie Gleason's son. The combination results in comedy that only a man like Richard Pryor could take and make even funnier.

Shades of his stand up act stand out when the focus is on Pryor and some of the situations he gets himself into and he uses this time to shine. Jackie Gleason played well, too, as the straight man, but I don't think this was his forte, although, come to think of it, this role isn't that much different from the "straight guy" kind of role he played in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films, but he was a LOT funnier in those films than here.

The only problem I have with this film is that it starts to go for the throat of comedy, but ends up being a piece trying to deal with the issues at the time...almost like changing boats in the middle of the stream. The comedy continues throughout, but it changes its content, which distracted me a little.

7 out of 10 stars.


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