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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 30 2001 - 03:29 PM





* Stars Comedy Legends Academy Award Nominee Jackie Gleason (The
Hustler) and Richard Pryor (Stir Crazy)
* Also Stars Academy Award-Nominee Ned Beatty (Network)
* Directed by Richard Donner (Superman)
* 1982 Theatrical Release


* Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
* Theatrical Trailers
* Scene Selections
* Interactive Menus

On one of his bratty son Eric's (newcomer Scott Schwartz) annual visits,
plutocrat U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason) takes Eric to his department store
offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor
(Richard Pryor) 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.

Rated PG
102 Minutes
Format: Full Screen and widescreen
Sound: Mono
Trailers: "The Toy," "Matilda," "Hook" and "Jumanji"
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and
DVD #06542
UPC Code: 0-43396-06542-5
SLP: $19.95

Order Date: October 16, 2001

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted August 30 2001 - 03:33 PM

I'm looking forward to this, one of my all-time favorite releases. The film was not only hilarious, but when I saw it in High School it made some subtle and not-too-subtle points that shaped my attitude and personality for the rest of my life. A real winner on all counts, and a great performance from Pryor, as well as the Great One. And let's not forget "Master Bates", too. Posted Image Another terrific Richard Donner film. Y'know, if they can just release Radio Flyer then I think that will make all of Donner's big films out on DVD, won't it?



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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Joe McCabe

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Posted August 30 2001 - 03:39 PM

Add me to the list of those thrilled to finally be able to have this on DVD!

I loved it when I was a kid, and it'll be great to see it again. (It's been a while)

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted August 30 2001 - 04:34 PM

Are we talking about THE TOY here? The one where a rich millionaire buys a black man for his spoiled son?

Haha, JK. I'm not a real big fan of this one to be honest, but I'm always happy to see people get the movies they love on DVD.

Perhaps Donner agrees with me, as I notice he won't be recording a commentary track like he did for Superman, The Omen and The Goonies.

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted August 30 2001 - 05:07 PM

Yes, it's the one where the rich guy buys the black man for his son.

It's not about that, it's about the character development they all go through before the end of the movie. Not U.S. Bates (Gleason's character) as much as the other two, especially the boy.

As I said, it woke up a few things in me. That's why I appreciate it so.

I don't think Donner was advocating that we all run out and purchase humans or anything! Posted Image



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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Michael Allred

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Posted August 30 2001 - 10:41 PM

To clarify for people who have not seen the film, Gleason does not "buy" Pryor. He hires him.

Anyway, I shall buy this film as it was a real childhood joy for me.

BTW, can anyone explain CTHV's odd policy of having several trailers on a DVD but NOT a trailer for the movie itself?


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#7 of 8 OFFLINE   JohnS



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Posted August 31 2001 - 12:10 AM

I Can't wait to get this movie. U.S.: "He, He bought a black man!" Fancy: "I wasn't aware we sold them" Columbia just announced Weekend at Bernies II and all I need from them is Armed and Dangerous.(god I want this funny ass film!) ------------------ [Edited last by JohnS on August 31, 2001 at 03:30 AM]
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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Michael Ballack

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Posted August 31 2001 - 01:25 AM

The Toy is one of my "guilty pleasure" movies. I'll be getting this. I was so embarrassed to have the vhs when I was a kid, that I hid it when friends came over. Who knows why kids are so afraid of being embarrassed?

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