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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Eric and Jack are driving the red car down the staircase, there is no food cart in front of the stairs at the bottom. In the next shot, a food cart is present (which they smash into). See more »

Quotes

U.S. Bates: Are you crazy?
Jack Brown: Yes, but trust me!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Especial Top Comedias (2012) 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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Chill Folks
18 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone wants to talk about the racial overtones. ***NEWS FLASH*** White folks do not wake up every morning thinking about how to screw over black folks. The movie was great. I loved it then and I love it now. I'm pretty sure the people who made this movie decided to make a funny movie with a great comedian of that era. I couldn't think of a better comedian to have as a toy, white or black.

To all my folks who seem to get upset at Richard Pryor and or the directors for making this movie, don't be. Be upset at Petey Greene for showing everyone how to eat a watermelon. You Tube that if you don't believe me.


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