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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:
Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason made The Toy tolerable as entertainment 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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The crest atop Master Bates' military school uniform cap is the Cuban crest.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The boxing robot does not hit Jack in the groin. It actually hits Jack on the outside of his left hip.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Brown:What do you think, Mr. O'Brien?
O'Brien:Forget you know me.
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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason made The Toy tolerable as entertainment, 17 February 2012
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Just rewatched this Richard Donner movie starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason after 30 years on Netflix Streaming just now. In this one, Pryor plays Jack Brown, an unemployed reporter whose house may be put up for sale unless he gets a job so he finds employment, initially as a maid, for Gleason's U.S. Bates before being reassigned as his son, Eric's (Scott Schwartz), "toy". I'll stop there and just say that despite the silly premise and some potentially stereotypically offensive situations, I did laugh plenty again at many of Pryor's shenanigans with Schwartz and Gleason still was good for some reaction shots especially when he says "woof". Also funny are Ned Beatty-who previously was in Pryor's Silver Streak but has scenes with him here for the first time since co-star Gene Wilder had the lion's share of lines with him there-as toady Mr. Morehouse and Teresa Ganzel as Fancy, U.S.'s (or in her pronunciation-You Ass) wife. It does get really contrived near the end but still, The Toy was fun and somewhat inspirational to me still. With that out of the way, if you're familiar with my reviews, you know that I always like to cite when productions have something associated with my current hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Well, this movie was shot there and I always like recognizing many of the city's landmarks like a brick structure I noticed at the beginning as Pryor encounters a limousine with his first meeting with Fancy there or a scene inside Goudchaux's Department Store-a building that still exists though the store is no more-with his riding the Wonder Wheel or the Indian Mounds near LSU that Jack and Eric walk on and, most awesome of all, two scenes of the State Capital-one seen through the windows of U.S. Bates's office as he makes Morehouse take his pants off in front of Jack and Eric and the other as the latter two are walking near the building's grounds. Also, a couple of players are familiar to me: Linda McCann, who appears in a party scene and at the end, was a teacher of a classmate of mine during my days before high school. She plays Honey Russell. And Robert Earle, who played a poker player at the beginning, was known to me as Bob Earle, president of WIBR-AM 1300, who did promotions for and introed many old-time radio programs for the Top 40 station during the 1979-80 season before it switched to country as I-13 during the latter part of the year. That station went off the air after Hurricane Gustav went through the area on September 1, 2008. Oh, and one more thing, I also like to cite when someone from by birthtown of Chicago, Ill. is associated with the production who in this case was screenwriter Carol Sobieski who had also adapted Annie starring Albert Finney and Carol Burnett earlier in the year.

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