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The Toy -- A megalomaniac millionaire (Jackie Gleason) hires a broke writer (Richard Pryor) as an extravagant toy for his son.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
Francis Veber (film)
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Release Date:
10 December 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
A fun movie from the 80's that got taken too seriously See more (34 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)

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)
Bob Herron .... stunt double: Jackie Gleason (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
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Richard Pryor wears a "Spiderman" outfit during the film. The studio making the movie was Columbia Pictures who had just recently made the 1970s "Spiderman" movies and who would do more in the early 2000s and again in the early 2010s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jack is shown wearing slippers as Barkley delivers his breakfast. After Eric pulls Jack's breakfast off the cart and Jack begins to give Eric a spanking, he is no longer wearing slippers.See more »
Quotes:
O'Brien:Tim O'Brien, toys.
Jack Brown:Jack Brown, windows.
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Movie Connections:
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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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A fun movie from the 80's that got taken too seriously, 11 June 2007
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

I know there was a lot of controversy around this film, due to the fact we have a rich white man buying a black man for his son, but I think that people just took this film way too seriously. Richard Pryor is one of the best comedians of all time, so I definitely became interested in seeing this film after I saw it on VH1's "I love the 80's" show, once again though, it seemed like they were giving the film a hard time. Well, I saw this at a store and figured for 5 dollars, what the heck? It's the rental price, if I liked the movie, I might as well own it. Well, I watched it this morning, I have to say that I thought that this was a very cute film that I'm sure if you have an open mind, you'll definitely enjoy it.

Jack is a journalist looking for a job, he's not getting anything though, at first he starts as a cleaning lady, but is fired by a snobby rich man. Then he's security at a toy store where the snobby rich man's son is shopping for anything he wants, he sees Jack and thinks he is funny, he wants him as the toy. When offered enough money to save his house, Jack agrees to it, but he's getting just a bit humiliated when he is constantly mocked, understandably. But when he gives the little boy a chance, they end up becoming great friends.

The Toy is just a fun movie that I'm sure you'll get a kick out of if you just give it a shot. It's a definite 80's classic that had great comedy in it, Richard was absolutely hilarious. He and Scott Schwartz were very adorable together and looked like they had so much fun together. I would recommend this film for a fun comedy, you're guaranteed a few laughs.

7/10

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