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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>

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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.

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:

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 (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An April 1982 edition of "The Hollywood Reporter" said that about 40 percent of this movie was made at Charbonnet House, a mansion near Baton Rouge, Lousiana. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Brown is on the phone in Master Bates's room, you can see that the phone has no cord going into the phone jack See more »

Quotes

Senator Newcomb: These democrats don't normally support us.
U.S. Bates: Now, Senator, we agreed to keep that under our hats. If they knew this was a fund raiser, we'd be all alone.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Pinwheel (1976) 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

"I want that black man, daddy"
27 October 2003 | by CarpetmanSee all my reviews

When I was a kid I actually loved this movie, but now that I'm a man, I'm kinda horrified by "The Toy." A rich white man buys a black man for his spoiled son? Or at least rents a black man for his son. And they take baths together? Yikes! I love Pryor, but I have to assume he took this gig for the money to feed his notorious crack habit. Moral of this movie? If you're a rich white man you can buy a black man for your son. Can you imagine the firestorm of protest if this movie came out today? And oh yeah, the kid became a real life porn star!!!


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