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The Toy

Director: Richard Donner, Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty

Cast: Richard Donner, Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty

 

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In The Toy, director Richard Donner and screenwriter Carol Sobieski update the 1976 Pierre Richard farce Le Jouet as a vehicle for comedian Richard Pryor. Pryor stars as out-of-work journalist Jack Brown, who's hit with the sudden realization that his idle book writing won't pay a 10,000-dollar sum necessary to keep his house from going to auction.

Overview

In The Toy, director Richard Donner and screenwriter Carol Sobieski update the 1976 Pierre Richard farce Le Jouet as a vehicle for comedian Richard Pryor. Pryor stars as out-of-work journalist Jack Brown, who's hit with the sudden realization that his idle book writing won't pay a 10,000-dollar sum necessary to keep his house from going to auction. Desperate, he is improbably hired as a cleaning lady in the offices of rich businessman and newspaper magnate U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). Running afoul of Bates' quick temper, Jack gets the axe, but is later spotted goofing around in a Bates-owned toy store by Bates' bratty son, Eric (Scott Schwartz), who's spending his annual week together with his estranged father. Taking his father's offer that he may have "anything in the store" quite literally, the spoiled kid asks for Jack as his personal toy for the week. Initially unwilling to be treated as a possession, Jack soon agrees after Bates offers to pay him enough to climb out of debt. When Eric's idea of fun includes dumping buckets of booby-trapped oatmeal on Jack's head and riding down the stairs of his father's mansion with Jack riding shotgun in a miniature car, it tests both Jack's patience and his resolve. But Jack discovers that Bates is ignoring Eric, which strengthens the bond between them and prompts them to seek revenge on the big jerk. ~ Derek Armstrong

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381690224
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
14,919

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Linda McCann Honey
Stuart Baker-Bergen Aerobics Class Leader
Robert Cherry Man in Carwash
Debra Cole Terry Gay
Harold G. Herthum Actor
Robert Earle Actor
Stocker Fontelieu District Attorney Russell
Orwin Harvey Grand Dragon
Bill Holliday Actor
B.J. Hopper Geffran
George Howard Actor
Helen Howard Party Guest
Stephen Kahan Actor
Paul Tuerpé State Trooper
Annie McGuire Actor
Bruce Langley Actor
Ray Spruell Sen. Newcomb

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
Jerry A. Baerwitz Production Manager
Bill Scott Asst. Director
Margaret Booth Associate Producer
Phil Feldman Producer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Carol Sobieski Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Patrick Williams Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:23]
2. Upsetting Angela [1:20]
3. Stanley's Advice [4:15]
4. Miss Jackie Brown [2:25]
5. The new cleaning lady [1:06]
6. U.S. Bates [3:54]
7. Master Bates [4:42]
8. Renting,not buying [3:40]
9. "Your present's arrived." [3:33]
10. An insult,not a job [4:06]
11. Fancy Bates [1:52]
12. Guided Tour [3:11]
13. The playroom [3:36]
14. Bath time [3:05]
15. Planned obsolescence [2:35]
16. Embarrassed & humiliated [4:42]
17. Getting Jack back [2:49]
18. "You earn a friend" [3:59]
19. Gone fishing [4:44]
20. Facts of life [4:24]
21. How Fancy met U.S. [3:15]
22. Candid camera [5:35]
23. Under arrest [:56]
24. The TOY [1:46]
25. Truth vs.Reality [6:03]
26. Klan fundraiser [5:30]
27. "I love you!" [4:35]
28. Doing what's right [6:38]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:23]
2. Upsetting Angela [1:20]
3. Stanley's Advice [4:15]
4. Miss Jackie Brown [2:25]
5. The new cleaning lady [1:06]
6. U.S. Bates [3:54]
7. Master Bates [4:42]
8. Renting,not buying [3:40]
9. "Your present's arrived." [3:33]
10. An insult,not a job [4:06]
11. Fancy Bates [1:52]
12. Guided Tour [3:11]
13. The playroom [3:36]
14. Bath time [3:05]
15. Planned obsolescence [2:35]
16. Embarrassed & humiliated [4:42]
17. Getting Jack back [2:49]
18. "You earn a friend" [3:59]
19. Gone fishing [4:44]
20. Facts of life [4:24]
21. How Fancy met U.S. [3:15]
22. Candid camera [5:35]
23. Under arrest [:56]
24. The TOY [1:46]
25. Truth vs.Reality [6:03]
26. Klan fundraiser [5:30]
27. "I love you!" [4:35]
28. Doing what's right [6:38]

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