The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on December 20, 1982 · 31
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 31

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Monday, December 20, 1982
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Y yririt y—Tf f" f iriril8Vy‘ JJw'T-r’i a- fT- Y“i vum - ''srv-'x The Miami Herald0000 Monday Dec 20 1982 Lively fly s 7B - f 1 j f Jr v! red heat X PLATO’S RETREAT WEST V OPEN 1H3U12 A M Fill 4 SAT TILL T-OO KM A less-than-playful ‘Toy 3 iTfiric 's t"’ji"i''f '' $r"Ti)vt3fir"iiiffc r By BILL COSFORD Herald Movie Critic Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor in the same movie ought to be worth something The very fact they’re willing to work together ought to be worth something — a hard-drinking fat man with his comic roots in Ralph Kramden the troglodyte bus driver who would have made Archie Bunker look like a liberal if TV had allowed those kind of jokes then opposite a black comedian whose intoxicant of choice has been cocaine and whose repertoire includes an array of viciously accurate impressions of foolish white folk Two energetic and wonderfully physical comedians each among the best of his generation But in their movie The Toy they do not amount to much Pryor seems unhappy about some of his lines and situations and well he might It’s hard to know just what Gleason thinks as he is able to deliver even atrocious dialogue with a misanthropic zest that is always appealing but he has a right to be embarrassed too The Toy is a remake of a film of some years back by a French director named Francis Veber The idea is basic situation comedy — a rich man is persuaded to “buy” a human toy for his spoiled young son It’s thin stuff to begin with having nowhere to go but the inevitable moral lesson by which the toy shows the boy how to be unspoiled and hence requires plotting and dialogue of considerable wit For this the filmmakers substituted the obvious having a white man buy a black man And outside of a few moments early in the film when Pryor is establishing his black-man plight (he is nearly roughed up when trying to jump the job line at the neighborhood carwash) nothing here works There is much rolling of the eyes and much capering — Pryor is made to dress up as a waitress and is hosed down by a fellow toy (a stuffed dog that wets) Gleason pounds about the rich man’s mansion blustering at everything The story never gives him a consistent attitude about any of the other characters so he just stays mad most of the time In the middle is the spoiled kid played by a young actor named -— "4! rv y 'u x t Af i 1 1 1 - 1 0 ' 1 r S rIovia Review The Toy (PG) CAST Richard Pryor Jackie Gleason Ned Beatty Scott Schartz Teresa Ganzel Wilfrid Hyde-White An nazette Chase Tony King CREDITS Director- Richard Donner Producer- Phil Feldman Screenwriter- Carol Sobieski Based on the film 'Le Jouet' by Pranas Veber Cinematographer- LaszloKovacs Music Patrick Williams L Zm Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason: “The Toy Scott Schwartz who has a bad case of the Annie cutes Schwartz is adorable most of the time but he doesn’t really act much he is seen to be giggling during most of his “serious” scenes and you get the impression that Pryor wants to strangle him A strangling might have made for more entertainment than the be-a-good-boy mush that takes up the last half of the picture The comedic tone of the rest of the film is indicated rather well by one of the early gags in which the boy’s family name being Bates a family retainer is forced to call him “Master Bates” Both Theaters Now Open X TWIN I ALL MALI CAST X TWIN II FEMALE A MALE CAST Open 10-11 AMFri A Sat 'til 1 AM 4SWei UENACE USiEIS X WHITE FIRE u COUPLES SECTION V OPENKUHlOt EBITOIJOIKT UHAJ Kj I X ROOMMATES X VERONICA HART — JACK WRANGLER Plus 2nd Feature X Open 12 Noon TWIN i All mate cm! 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