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Child's Play (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  9 November 1988 (USA)
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A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Swerdlow ...
Juan Ramírez ...
Richard Baird ...
News Reporter at Toy Store
Ray Oliver ...
Dr. Death (as Raymond Oliver)
Aaron Osborne ...
Tyler Hard ...
Ted Liss ...


When Charles Lee Ray needs to get quick escape from cop Mike Norris, he takes his soul and buries it into playful, seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Little does he know a little boy by the name of Andy Barclay will be the new owner of him soon-to-come. Charles confides in Andy while he commits numerous murders. Once the adults accept Andy's story as truth, it's too late. Written by Kris Hopson <kris.hopson@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

9 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


$33,244,684 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The toy shop used in the opening scene was actually a Chinese restaurant that closed down in Chicago, on the corner of Wabash and Van Buren. Chris Sarandon even says the name of the street corner when calling for backup. See more »


After Chucky became alive, his red overall buttons appear and disappear throughout the film. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Featured in Hollywood Halloween (1997) See more »


Written by R. Rome & Russell Faith (as R. Faith)
Performed by African Suite
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* * * out of 4.

Well made thriller about a dying serial killer (Brad Doriff) transplanting his soul into a child's play doll. Fast forward now and a mother buys the doll for his son's birthday. Doriff then goes on a killing spree, but after a cop wounds him he finds out that if he stays in the doll's body for too long, he and the doll will become one forever. So he goes after his owner so that he can transfer souls. Highly original premise highlighted by terrific special effects and lots of good one liners and humor.

Rated R; Extreme Violence & Profanity.

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