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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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Storyline

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

The mansion seen in the movie was Charbonnet House near Baton Rouge in Louisiana. Publicity for the picture stated that it covered 34,000 square feet on 500 acres of manicured grounds. It had two lakes of which one was more than 200 acres in area and included fish herons and exotic ducks. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, when Eugene shoots jack with the dart gun, Jacks eyes are crossed and looking up before the dart hits his forehead. See more »

Quotes

Eric Bates: Hang on, I got the key.
Jack Brown: You got the key? Why didn't you say so?
Eric Bates: You didn't ask me.
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The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence and Frank Musker
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User Reviews

A simple film you can watch over and over again
26 November 2000 | by (Chicago,Illinois) – See all my reviews

This is simply put, a fun, charming movie about a boy (Scott Schwartz) who decides to make Richard Pryor his toy for a week while he visits his powerful father Jackie Gleason. Simple gags, jokes and life lessons are what this movie is all about. It should be noted that Schwartz, who also played "Flick" in A Christmas Story went on to co-star in non-sexual roles in hardcore XXX films, then did a XXX scene himself, virtually destroying any chance for a comeback as an adult actor.


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