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Director:
Writers:
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
Francis Veber (film)
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Release Date:
10 December 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When Jackie Gleason Told His Son He Could Have Any Present He Wanted, He Picked The Most Outrageous Gift Of All... Richard Pryor.
Plot:
An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Pryor is the main reason to this film. See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Pryor ... Jack Brown

Jackie Gleason ... U.S. Bates

Ned Beatty ... Mr. Morehouse

Scott Schwartz ... Eric Bates

Teresa Ganzel ... Fancy Bates

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Barkley
Annazette Chase ... Angela
Tony King ... Clifford
Don Hood ... O'Brien
Karen Leslie-Lyttle ... Fraulein
Virginia Capers ... Ruby Simpson
B.J. Hopper ... Geffran
Linda McCann ... Honey Russell
Ray Spruell ... Senator Newcomb
Stocker Fontelieu ... District Attorney Russell
Stuart Baker-Bergen ... Aerobics Class Leader
Robert Adams ... Store Executive
Mark Bennett ... Store Executive
Jon Ralph Wilson ... Store Executive (as John R. Wilson)
Robert Costley ... Poker Player
Robert Earle ... Poker Player
Pauline Barcelona ... Poker Player
Juan Coleman ... Poker Player
Valerian Smith ... Poker Player
Elbert Andre Patrick ... Jack's Neighbor
Orwin C. Harvey ... Grand Wizard (as Orwin Harvey)
Jim Clancy ... Clancy
Davis Hotard ... Eugene Russell
Debra Cole ... Terry Gay
Marilyn Gleason ... Mrs. Newcomb
Charles Detraz ... Pilot (as Charlie Detraz)
Steve Kahan ... State Trooper
Paul Tuerpe ... State Trooper
Jim Beyer ... KlanWatch Demonstrator
Tot Beyer ... KlanWatch Demonstrator
Robert M. Stevens ... Drunk in Jail
Sally Birdsong ... Morehouse's Secretary
Louis Weinberg ... Chauffeur
Annie McGuire ... Party Guest
Beverly Tagge ... Party Guest
George Howard ... Party Guest
Helen Howard ... Party Guest

Alex Hyde-White ... Photographer
Bill Holliday ... Policeman
J.D. Martin ... Policeman
James Roddy ... Policeman
Lucy Campbell Rowland ... Bate's Secretary
Bob Cherry ... Man in Carwash (as Robert Cherry)
Delana Renay Cole ... Ruby's Child
Lewis Baker ... Ruby's Child
La Monica Matthews ... Ruby's Child
Bruce Langley ... Ruby's Child
Dawnis Kaye Smith ... Ruby's Child
Santos Swing ... Ruby's Child
Willie Swing ... Ruby's Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tody Bernard ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Tony Burton ... Stanley (uncredited)
Harold G. Herthum ... Extra (uncredited)

Louis Herthum ... Man in Box (uncredited)
Robert Neilson ... Chauffeur in Last Scene (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Donner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carol Sobieski  screenplay
Francis Veber  film

Produced by
Margaret Booth .... associate producer
Phil Feldman .... producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris  (as Richard Harris)
Michael A. Stevenson 
 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont  (as Pennie du Pont)
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist: Mr. Pryor
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist (as Bob Stevenson)
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussing)
 
Production Management
Jerry A. Baerwitz .... unit production manager (as Jerry Baerwitz)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Bueno .... second assistant director
Paul Moen .... second assistant director
Bill Scott .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew .... stand-by painter
Sam Gordon .... property master
David F. Klassen .... set designer (as David Klassen)
Ted Mossman .... assistant property master
Paul Myerberg .... leadman (as Paul Meyerberg)
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer (as Greg Pickrell)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
Frank Spencer .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects supervisor
Hans Metz .... special effects
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects (as Tom Ward)
 
Stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunt coordinator
Brad Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Aguilar .... gaffer
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
William Birch .... camera operator: Chicago (as William Burch)
Paul Caven .... set lighting best boy
James Devis .... camera operator: second unit (as James Bryan Devis)
John T. Dustin .... camera operator: Chicago (as John Dustin)
Daniel C. Gold .... second assistant camera (as Dan Gold)
Bill Hardin .... second assistant camera: Chicago
O.T. Henderson .... dolly grip
George Kohut .... camera operator: Chicago
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Ann Lukacs .... first assistant camera: Chicago (as Ann Lukas)
Jim Mazzula .... first assistant camera: Chicago
John McGowan .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
George Ressler .... best boy grip (as George Resler)
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator
Jim Taylor .... still photographer: Chicago
Joseph E. Thibo .... first assistant camera (as Joe Thibo)
Paul Vombrack .... camera operator: Chicago (as Paul Vom Brack)
Michael Walker .... second assistant camera: Chicago
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dee Cothern .... casting: Baton Rouge
Michael Pitalo .... casting: Baton Rouge
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Norman Burza)
Alice Daniels .... wardrobe: Mr. Pryor
Elizabeth Pine .... wardrobe supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Daniel Sackheim .... assistant film editor
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant film editor
Michael Thau .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor
 
Transportation Department
Butch Chaney .... transportation captain: Baton Rouge
Alan Falco .... transportation coordinator (as Allan Falco)
Robert Neilson .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Benjamin .... production associate
Pete Emmet .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Ann Ford .... assistant: Mr. Donner
Michelle Kuhar .... production coordinator
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
David Oliver .... title designer
David Price .... assistant: Mr. Donner
Rusty Warren .... production accountant
Melanie Tanz .... assistant: producers (uncredited)
 
Thanks
A.C. Lewis .... the producers wish to thank (as Mr. A.C. Lewis)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
All the pies in the pie fight sequence were supplied by bakeries in the surrounding Louisiana area.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Jack is rolling in the inflatable wheel, during a closeup a crew member's hand appears from the right side of the screen to help balance the wheel.See more »
Quotes:
Eric Bates:I know what I want.
Morehouse:He wants the Wonder Wheel,
[he and other business men get into a huddle]
Eric Bates:The black man!
Morehouse:He wants one in black, so all we do is...
Eric Bates:The black *man*!
Morehouse:He wants the black man. Huh? Oh no. No. No tomorrow. No next week. No next month. No next year.
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Movie Connections:
References Ms. Pac-Man (1981) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Just Want To Be Your FriendSee more »

FAQ

The toy car the kid rides down the stairs with Richard Pryor?
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Pryor is the main reason to this film., 20 May 1999
Author: Rid.X

I've seen this movie more times than I'd ever admit to, and the thing that keeps me watching is Pryor. He shines in just about every scene he's seen, especially when he's paired with the Wonder-Wheel. It's just that the rest of the film isn't on the level.

That's not to say it's a bad film; it's just not a solid one. This remake of a Francis Veber film (the name escapes me) finds Pryor as Jack Brown, an unemployed writer who seeks a job with a newspaper. He arrives at Bates Industries, run by the powerful industrialist U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). He works a variety of odd jobs, incl. a janitor in a department store, where he is spotted by U.S. Bates' spoiled son, Eric, during the afforementioned Wonder-Wheel fiasco. Eric wants Jack as a toy, and this leads to a movie that blends the comedic with the sentimental, and works about half of the time.

The movie does take it's time to illustrate the goings-on in the Bates home. Eric spends much time tormenting Jack; during their first night, he shoots firecrackers at him, among other things. The two of them play air-hockey, and when Jack is beating Eric, the boy quits. Jack questions the boy if his father knows that his son is a quitter, to which Eric replies, "He doesn't care what I am, as long as I stay out of his way." That scene illustrates Eric's m.o.; he's frustrated at the neglect and inattentiveness he receives from his father, and expresses it in rebellious behavior.

That's all good and well, and that scenario does have a positive resolution, but the movie is burdened with unnecessary elements that don't belong in a movie like this. The movie has a racist subtext: Jack essentially allows himself to be bought, even though he says he can't. There's also a subplot towards the end dealing with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan that serves no purpose other than to wreck a party. And U.S. Bates' wife, Fancy, is a poorly-drawn character; she comes along with an impressive bust and an annoying voice, and does little that is humorous, aside from her pronounciation of "U.S."

Still, the main reason to see the film is Pryor. See it for no other reason than to see a legend doing what he does best.

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