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The Toy (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 10 December 1982 (USA)
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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:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Richard Pryor wears a "Spider-Man" outfit during the film. The studio making the movie was Columbia Pictures, which had just made the 1970s "Spider-Man" movies, and which would do more of them in the early 2000s and again in the early 2010s. See more »

Goofs

The boxing robot does not hit Jack in the groin. It actually hits Jack on the outside of his left hip. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brown: Angela! Jesus H. Christ!
Eric Bates: Is that her full name?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) 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

Just Plain Bad...
29 January 2004 | by nerfball_kingSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theatres when I was a kid. I knew I was maturing when I wanted to leave the theatre instead of enduring this trash. The movie is not funny, it's pacing is dull, and overall offensive for everyone. Particularly the most galling scene of the movie is at the very end, when Pryor is shot in the head with suction darts, then runs down the street at super-speed (a la Benny Hill).

Do yourself a favor and avoid this turkey.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Toy 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,118,057
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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