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The Toy (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 10 December 1982 (USA)
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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Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,322,804, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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The May 6, 1981 edition of "The Hollywood Reporter" originally announced principal photography was scheduled to start on January 15, 1982. The December 7, 1981 edition of "Daily Variety" reported that start of production had been deferred until March 1982. In the end, the picture started filming in early April 1982. See more »


When Jack Brown is on the phone in Master Bates's room, you can see that the phone has no cord going into the phone jack See more »


Jack Brown: Who are we gonna tell God? We are gonna say "Hey God! life's unfair!" You know what he's gonna say "Tough Titties!"
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The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. 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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"I want that black man, daddy"
27 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I was a kid I actually loved this movie, but now that I'm a man, I'm kinda horrified by "The Toy." A rich white man buys a black man for his spoiled son? Or at least rents a black man for his son. And they take baths together? Yikes! I love Pryor, but I have to assume he took this gig for the money to feed his notorious crack habit. Moral of this movie? If you're a rich white man you can buy a black man for your son. Can you imagine the firestorm of protest if this movie came out today? And oh yeah, the kid became a real life porn star!!!

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