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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Brown
... U.S. Bates
... Mr. Morehouse
... Eric Bates
... Fancy Bates
... Barkley
Annazette Chase ... Angela
... Clifford
... O'Brien
... Fraulein
... Ruby Simpson
B.J. Hopper ... Geffran
Linda McCann ... Honey Russell
Ray Spruell ... Senator Newcomb
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>

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

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10 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Su juguete preferido  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,322,804, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$47,118,057
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Set in the fictional city of "Bates", Louisiana, the film was shot in the state capital of Baton Rouge. Some sections of the city were temporarily transformed into "Bates", confusing some residents who weren't aware a movie was being filmed there and saw familiar sights and landmarks replaced by the name "Bates" (an Exxon refinery suddenly sprouted a huge sign that said "Bates Oil", and a department store parking lot was transformed overnight into an additional department store (the façade of one, anyway)). See more »

Goofs

As US is telling Fancy about Jack, she unstraps herself from the exercise machine, she only removes 2 of the 3 straps (the strap on her legs is never removed). See more »

Quotes

U.S. Bates: The truth has nothing to do with reality. You have to deal with reality. In reality, any one of these people, with a little persuasion, will say what I want them to say, because I am reality.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Ms. Pac-Man (1982) 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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Above Average Comedy
30 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Is the toy Gleason or Pryor's best movie, don't make me laugh. But it shouldn't have been trashed the way it was and still is because a bunch of politically correct pseudo-intelectuals in the media resented the racial undertones. The weakest link in this movie is the script. it could have been so much better. The editing is pretty spotty too. That much said it will make you laugh, and Gleason's performance is sincere, especially during the emotional conclusion. The complaints if the child actor's performance are justified, but mcalaey caulken was awful...he's a kid. what do you expect? I feel as if this movie got a bum rap for political reasons, and that's just a shame because funny is funny and that's the bottem line.


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