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An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

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Jack Brown
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U.S. Bates
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Mr. Morehouse
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Eric Bates
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Fancy Bates
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Barkley
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Angela
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Clifford
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O'Brien
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Fraulein
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Ruby Simpson
B.J. Hopper ...
Geffran
Linda McCann ...
Honey Russell
Ray Spruell ...
Senator Newcomb
Stocker Fontelieu ...
District Attorney Russell
Stuart Baker-Bergen ...
Aerobics Class Leader
Robert Adams ...
Store Executive
Mark Bennett ...
Store Executive
Jon Ralph Wilson ...
Store Executive (as John R. Wilson)
Robert Costley ...
Poker Player
Robert Earle ...
Poker Player
Pauline Barcelona ...
Poker Player
Juan Coleman ...
Poker Player
Valerian Smith ...
Poker Player
Elbert Andre Patrick ...
Jack's Neighbor
Orwin C. Harvey ...
Grand Wizard (as Orwin Harvey)
Jim Clancy ...
Clancy
Davis Hotard ...
Eugene Russell
Debra Cole ...
Terry Gay
Marilyn Gleason ...
Mrs. Newcomb
Charles Detraz ...
Pilot (as Charlie Detraz)
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State Trooper
Paul Tuerpe ...
State Trooper
Jim Beyer ...
KlanWatch Demonstrator
Tot Beyer ...
KlanWatch Demonstrator
Robert M. Stevens ...
Drunk in Jail
Sally Birdsong ...
Morehouse's Secretary
Louis Weinberg ...
Chauffeur
Annie McGuire ...
Party Guest
Beverly Tagge ...
Party Guest
George Howard ...
Party Guest
Helen Howard ...
Party Guest
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Photographer
Bill Holliday ...
Policeman
J.D. Martin ...
Policeman
James Roddy ...
Policeman
Lucy Campbell Rowland ...
Bate's Secretary
Bob Cherry ...
Man in Carwash (as Robert Cherry)
Delana Renay Cole ...
Ruby's Child
Lewis Baker ...
Ruby's Child
La Monica Matthews ...
Ruby's Child
Bruce Langley ...
Ruby's Child
Dawnis Kaye Smith ...
Ruby's Child
Santos Swing ...
Ruby's Child
Willie Swing ...
Ruby's Child
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Tody Bernard ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Stanley (uncredited)
Harold G. Herthum ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Man in Box (uncredited)
Robert Neilson ...
Chauffeur in Last Scene (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Donner

Written by

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

Produced by

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Margaret Booth ... associate producer
Phil Feldman ... producer
Ray Stark ... producer

Music by

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Patrick Williams

Cinematography by

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László Kovács ... director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)

Film Editing by

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Richard A. Harris ... (as Richard Harris)
Michael A. Stevenson

Editorial Department

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Daniel Sackheim ... assistant film editor
George C. Villaseñor ... assistant film editor
Michael Thau ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Pennie DuPont ... (as Pennie du Pont)

Production Design by

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Charles Rosen

Set Decoration by

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Marvin March

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry

Makeup Department

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Ken Chase ... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd ... makeup artist: Mr. Pryor
Robert L. Stevenson ... hair stylist (as Bob Stevenson)
Yolanda Toussieng ... hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussing)

Production Management

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Jerry A. Baerwitz ... unit production manager (as Jerry Baerwitz)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Bueno ... second assistant director
Paul Moen ... second assistant director
Bill Scott ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Joe Acord ... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew ... stand-by painter
Sam Gordon ... property master
David F. Klassen ... set designer (as David Klassen)
Ted Mossman ... assistant property master
Paul Myerberg ... leadman (as Paul Meyerberg)
Gregory Pickrell ... set designer (as Greg Pickrell)

Sound Department

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Rick Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert ... re-recording mixer
Raul A. Bruce ... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer
Pat Somerset ... sound effects
Frank Spencer ... sound effects
Jeffrey Riekenberg ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Phil Cory ... special effects supervisor
Hans Metz ... special effects
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects (as Tom Ward)

Stunts

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Bobby Porter ... stunt coordinator
Brad Baker ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... stunt double: Jackie Gleason (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Raymond Aguilar ... gaffer
Richmond L. Aguilar ... gaffer
William Birch ... camera operator: Chicago (as William Burch)
Paul Caven ... set lighting best boy
James Devis ... camera operator: second unit (as James Bryan Devis)
John T. Dustin ... camera operator: Chicago (as John Dustin)
Daniel C. Gold ... second assistant camera (as Dan Gold)
Bill Hardin ... second assistant camera: Chicago
O.T. Henderson ... dolly grip
George Kohut ... camera operator: Chicago
Leonard Lookabaugh ... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Ann Lukacs ... first assistant camera: Chicago (as Ann Lukas)
Jim Mazzula ... first assistant camera: Chicago
John McGowan ... first assistant camera: Chicago
Morgan Renard ... still photographer
George Ressler ... best boy grip (as George Resler)
Robert M. Stevens ... camera operator
Jim Taylor ... still photographer: Chicago
Joseph E. Thibo ... first assistant camera (as Joe Thibo)
Paul Vombrack ... camera operator: Chicago (as Paul Vom Brack)
Michael Walker ... second assistant camera: Chicago
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dee Cothern ... casting: Baton Rouge
Michael Pitalo ... casting: Baton Rouge

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Norman A. Burza ... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Norman Burza)
Alice Daniels ... wardrobe: Mr. Pryor
Elizabeth Pine ... wardrobe supervisor: women

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Jeff Carson ... supervising music editor
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Walker 'Butch' Chaney ... transportation captain: Baton Rouge (as Butch Chaney)
Alan Falco ... transportation coordinator (as Allan Falco)
Robert Neilson ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Jeffrey Benjamin ... production associate
Pete Emmet ... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Ann Ford ... assistant: Mr. Donner
Michelle Kuhar ... production coordinator
Betsy Norton ... script supervisor
David Oliver Pfeil ... title designer (as David Oliver)
David Price ... assistant: Mr. Donner
Rusty Warren ... production accountant
Beau Holden ... security (uncredited)
Melanie Tanz ... assistant: producers (uncredited)

Thanks

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A.C. Lewis ... the producers wish to thank (as Mr. A.C. Lewis)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines When Jackie Gleason Told His Son He Could Have Any Present He Wanted, He Picked The Most Outrageous Gift Of All... Richard Pryor. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le joujou (France)
  • Su juguete preferido (Spain)
  • O Brinquedo (Brazil)
  • Leksaken (Sweden)
  • Der Spielgefährte (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $17,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,322,804, 12 Dec 1982

Did You Know?

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Trivia In his E! True Hollywood Story (1996) bio, Scott Schwartz said that the hardest part of making this movie was working with Jackie Gleason. Schwartz was trained to memorize his lines, and Gleason's improvisations threw him off, resulting in his Gleason yelling at him. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 1982 (2003). See more »
Soundtracks I Just Want To Be Your Friend See more »
Crazy Credits The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more »
Quotes Jack Brown: Angela! Jesus H. Christ!
Eric Bates: Is that her full name?
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