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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)  »

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The Toy  »

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$50,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Scott Schwartz was eleven years when he played nine years old Eric Bates. 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

U.S. Bates: Eric bought a black man.
Fancy Bates: I wasn't aware that we sold them.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are shown aside three toy darts. See more »

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References Love Story (1970) 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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Not too bad
31 August 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Richard Pryor again plays the bumbling idiot in this comedy with a morality twist. The premise revolves around Richard losing his house, an opportunity to make a lot of money fast being a human toy for a rich store owner and the hilarity that ensues. While the film (and Richard) are indeed funny, it's hard to watch at times as the movie ATTEMPTS to balance racial/social class commentary with blaxpotation comedy. In one scene, Richard is giving the kid a lesson in friendship and the next we watch him running around bug eyed. And in the end, Richard plays the stereotypical blaxpotation character while Jackie Gleason is the great white rich dad. Its fun to watch but hard to digest.


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