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The Toy (1976)

Le jouet (original title)
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A poor journalist finds himself as a toy of a boss' son. Making friends with a naughty child, he tries to save him from the cruel power of his father.

Director:

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 ... Robert
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Storyline

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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An Unexpected Human Comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »
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Around 01:18:41, François's arms are along his body. On the next shot, his thumbs are inside pockets. On the next shot, his arms are along his body again. And so on... See more »

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Featured in Les jouets du président (2013) See more »

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Tops; far better than the US version, "The Toy"!
22 February 1999 | by rankenerSee all my reviews

This movie has unfortunately been unavailable in the US. It served as the basis for the later US film, The Toy (star, Richard Pryor) but retained an integrity and beauty that was lost in the US remake. Pierre Richard plays the part of a man who has been purchased as a plaything for a rich man's son -- and manages to turn the role around in such a way that the young boy learns in a subtle but unmistakable fashion that all human beings are deserving of dignity and respect. A top notch performance by Pierre Richard, surpassing any of his later films (Tall Blonde Man, Comperes, etc.). I urge you to try this one out!


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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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