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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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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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$50,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Set in the fictional city of "Bates" in Louisiana, the film was actually shot in the state capital of Baton Rouge. Some sections of the city were temporarily transformed into "Bates", confusing some residents who weren't aware a movie was being filmed there and saw familiar sights and landmarks replaced by the name "Bates"--e.g., an Exxon refinery suddenly sprouted a huge sign that said "Bates Oil" and a department store parking lot was transformed overnight into an additional department store (the facade of one, anyway). 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

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Deathrow Gameshow (1987) 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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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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