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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 December 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A newspaper reporter is chosen to be the human toy of his employer's child
30 January 2007 | by jbklingelSee all my reviews

(IMDB summary corrected for grammar and augmented.) When Francois, a journalist, tours a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the newspaper's owner, Rambal-Cochet, as his new toy. Needing money and unwilling to quit his job, Francois agrees to this ridiculous assignment. Gradually befriending the spoiled boy, he induces him to play at making a newspaper, unveiling publicly the tyrannical way of life of the father. The powerful emotional climax we experience with the child astonishes both men.

This funny, thoughtful film is much better than its American remake and deserves wider recognition.


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