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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Su juguete preferido  »

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$50,400,000 (USA)
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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

As US is telling Fancy about Jack, she unstraps herself from the exercise machine, she only removes 2 of the 3 straps (the strap on her legs is never removed). See more »

Quotes

Eugene Russel: Up yours, you mother.
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Crazy Credits

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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Good on more than one level.
7 November 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois USA) – See all my reviews

This film can be enjoyed by children due to it's obvious subject matter. But it also has a subtheme about racial and class divisions. Depending on the scene, the film's racial connotations range from depicting the use of blacks in subservient positions, to blatantly expressing that people can still sell themselves or be bought out of desperation.


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