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The Toy (1976)

Le jouet (original title)
When François, a journalist, is touring a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the owner, Rambal-Cochet, as his new toy. All afraid of the despotic industrialist who is also... See full summary »

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Francis Veber

Writer:

Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... François Perrin
Michel Bouquet ... Pierre Rambal-Cochet
Fabrice Greco Fabrice Greco ... Eric Rambal-Cochet
Jacques François ... Blénac
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Le père de famille
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... Le photographe
Michel Aumont ... Le directeur du magasin
Suzy Dyson Suzy Dyson ... Madame Rambal-Crochet
Gérard Jugnot ... Pignier
Michel Robin ... Le domestique
Michèle Sand Michèle Sand ... Nicole Perrin
Alix Mahieux Alix Mahieux ... La gouvernante
Lyne Chardonnet Lyne Chardonnet ... Mlle Blond
Lyvia D'Alche Lyvia D'Alche ... L'hôtesse
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Robert
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When François, a journalist, is touring a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the owner, Rambal-Cochet, as his new toy. All afraid of the despotic industrialist who is also the newspaper's owner, François is forced to agree to this masquerade. Becoming the friend of the child, he induces him, who wants to make a newspaper, to unveil publicly the real tyrannical way of life of his father. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 December 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Toy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

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a petite masterpiece
6 May 2004 | by smigel_bainSee all my reviews

I saw this film in Washington DC in the '70s, and was captivated. Then I brought friends and saw it again and again. Unfortunately, it is not available now in the States, though the coarse remake with Pryor and Gleason has overshadowed it. How can this be?? Richard has a delightful blend of tenderness and integrity that urge the viewer toward a more optimistic view -- that one person can make a big difference in someone's life. And the ending of the film suggests that we need to give much more credit to our small ones' ability to recognize truth and honor. If you have the chance, see it. If you know how to lobby to get this film the North American distribution it deserves (in VHS or DVD), please get on board!


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