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The Toy (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 10 December 1982 (USA)
An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Francis Veber (based on a film by), Carol Sobieski (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 B.J. Hopper ... Geffran
Linda McCann Linda McCann ... Honey Russell
Ray Spruell Ray Spruell ... Senator Newcomb
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... District Attorney Russell
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Storyline

On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric's "toy", but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When Jackie Gleason Told His Son He Could Have Any Present He Wanted, He Picked The Most Outrageous Gift Of All... Richard Pryor.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Su juguete preferido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,322,804, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$47,118,057
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gimmicks attached to the train set included avalanches, volcanoes, rainstorms, and various other scenic hazards. See more »

Goofs

When Jack is rolling in the inflatable wheel, during a closeup a crew member's hand appears from the right side of the screen to help balance the wheel. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brown: I gotta pull up my boots real high because the bullshit is getting thicker.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence and Frank Musker
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User Reviews

 
A fun movie from the 80's that got taken too seriously
11 June 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

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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