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The Toy

4.4 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

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A millionaire's son visits his father once a year and gets to pick out anything he wants from the department store. He picks out the janitor.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG
Release Date: 23-MAR-2004
Media Type: DVD

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ned Beatty, Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Scott Schwartz
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Producers: Ray Stark, Phil Feldman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q4CV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Toy" on IMDb

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This movie is not about Jackie Gleason being a slave driver to Richard Pryor,it is just the opposite.Jack accepts the job of being erics "toy" for a good sum of money.The movie is a good flick i have enjoyed watching since I was a kid back in '83.I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now.I must have seen this movie at least 50 times and I havent gotten tired of it yet.Its like a fine wine,gets better with age.
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absolutely one of the most delightful movies made. jacky gleason has a heart and it finally comes out. while richard prior is as usual the king of comedy. he beomes the toy for a over privilage boy and soon learns he will be used as the boy wishes. he does teach him all about love and respect in the long run. i have watched this and shared it many times.
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So many people try to turn this movie into a battle about race. Lest we forget that Richard Pryor is the hero in this movie teaching the boy NOT to be racist, arrogant or judge people. In the end the Klan and the other racists get what they have coming to them. So enjoy this movie for what it is; Lighthearted, simple, fun and hysterical, nothing more and nothing less.
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In the early 80's, controversial African American comedian Richard Pryor (See No Evil Hear No Evil) was in top form. He was the most influential and electrifying stand-up comic, and one of the highest paid black actors in Hollywood (Pryor was reportedly paid $4,000,000 to appear in 1983's Superman III).

In 1982, Pryor agreed to star opposite the legendary Honeymooners star Jackie Gleason (Smokey And The Bandit), in a remake of a 1976 French film titled Le Jouet, which literally means The Toy in english. The outcome was a classic comedy, although hated by many critics, that is still enjoyed and quoted by people today.

The Toy is directed by Richard Donner (Superman), and also stars Ned Beatty (Superman), Wilfrid Hyde-White (My Fair Lady), Teresa Ganzel (Monsters Inc), and child actor Scott Schwartz (Kidco).

Pryor plays Jack Brown, a struggling and unemployed black writer who will lose his house if he fails to pay $10,000 to pay off his mortgage. Jack finds himself stooping down the social ladder trying to get any job he can get in order to save himself from getting thrown into the street. He finds a job as a cleaning lady for the Bates firm and is hired by Mr. Morehouse, played by Beatty. When local millionaire US Bates, played by Gleason, finds out that one of his cleaning ladies has a moustache, he fires him. To make matters worse, Bates's spoiled little bratty son 'master' Eric Bates, played by Schwartz, arrives in town for a week with his dad, goes to his dad's toy store, and picks out Jack as his toy because he made him laugh. Eric's insistence on keeping Jack and his dad's pampering reults in US negotiating a deal with Jack on the basis that he stays for a week at his mansion to keep his son company.
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Richard Pryor was one of my favorite Comedians! I was so glad to be able to add this to my library. This movie was absolutely hilarious. I loved the little twist at the end and of course won't ruin it for those who haven't seen it. But this movie had me cracking up laughing throughout the entire thing. I have watched it numerous times whenever I want a really good laugh!
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Good movie for the children Jackie Gleeson and Richard prior should had more scenes together had some more not just with the kid in this picture this blue Ray is very good the sound is excellent this film is region locked so you'll need of multi-region blue Ray like I have
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This is such a great movie and Richard Pryor is a comedic genius as always. Today, this movie would never be made. The plot: a rich, bratty, white kid wants to buy a black man for his birthday... as his toy. Again this type of movie would never be made today with just the plot alone. However, as the plot unfolds with many many laughs at the pranks the child and Richard Pryor's character play on each other, this movie will warm your heart. After the endless fighting between the two, a strong bond is developed. He guides and mentors the child in how to properly treat people with respect and show them love instead of treating people like they our his "toys". A great movie from the 80's.
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Fun movie for the family. Like all 80's movies, it has some very racy moments. If you are looking for a politically correct movie, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a heart warming and very funny movie, it's worth a watch.
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