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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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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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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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One of the World's Greatest Films
8 October 2004 | by gojack10See all my reviews

This is a great film! Richard Pryor thought he could use a remake as his personal vehicle in 'The Toy", but the American Hollywood version lacked the

insight and the comic spirit of the French original.

The film captures the arrogance and hateful attitude of the capitalist rich towards their employees to a T. I was laughing throughout the entire film!

If you get a chance, check it out. I give it 100 stars on a scale of 0 to 10. Give it to Hollywood to mess this one up, which they did. When will we Americans get fed up with this LA butchering of an art form always transformed into commercialized spoon-fed crap? See the original and weep for Poor Richard.


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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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