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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Don Mancini (story)
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Release Date:
9 November 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
No one believes the truth...or lives to tell it. See more »
Plot:
A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed with the soul of a serial killer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A modern classic See more (264 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Tom Holland 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Don Mancini (story)

Don Mancini (screenplay) and
John Lafia (screenplay) and
Tom Holland (screenplay)

Produced by
Elliot Geisinger .... co-executive producer
David Kirschner .... producer
Laura Moskowitz .... associate producer
Barrie M. Osborne .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roy E. Peterson 
Edward Warschilka 
 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Richard Pagano 
 
Production Design by
Daniel A. Lomino 
 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Carl Olsen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Anderson .... first assistant director: insert unit
Bud Davis .... second unit director
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director: second unit (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)
Michael Green .... first assistant director
Stefanie Moore .... second assistant director: second unit
Linnea Ebba Wicklund .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
William Arnold .... set designer (as William David Arnold)
Gary Baugh .... set designer
Earl Benton .... stand-by painter (as Earl L. Benton)
Bernard P. Cutler .... assistant art director
Frank D. Dambra .... paint foreman: Chicago
William Dambra .... property master: Chicago
Edward England .... construction coordinator: Chicago
Casey Hallenbeck .... leadman
Joann Hicks .... assistant property master
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator
Joel Prihoda .... leadman: Chicago
Kenneth Robertson .... paint foreman (as Kenneth H. Robertson)
Francis J. Roix .... carpenter
Arthur Shippee .... property master
Timothy W. Tiedje .... set dresser
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Frank White .... labor foreman
David Gianneschi .... swing gang (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry Cheney .... sound editor
Clayton Collins .... sound editor (as Clayton R. Collins)
John Cousineau .... assistant sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Cheryl Kroll .... assistant sound editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
John Riordan .... supervising sound editor
Kirk Schuler .... sound editor
Ronald Sinclair .... adr editor
George Steven .... adr editor (as George R. Steven)
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
Sherman Waze .... sound editor
James E. Webb .... sound mixer
Daniel Yale .... sound editor (as Daniel Evan Yale)
Marty Church .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (uncredited)
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Don Summer .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... shop supervisor: chucky construction crew
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects supervisor
Rick Lalonde .... lab technician: chucky construction crew
Ron Pipes .... hair: chucky construction crew
Zandra Platzek .... hair: chucky construction crew
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as James D. Schwalm)
Carl Sorensen .... lab technician: chucky construction crew
Christopher Swift .... lab technician: chucky construction crew
Kevin Yagher .... designer and executor: "Chucky" doll
Mark C. Yagher .... shop assistant: chucky construction crew
James Kagel .... lead sculptor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Yanuzzi .... visual effects editor
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... car stunts: Mike (as Joie Chitwood)
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (as Robert Cummings)
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts & stunt driver
James Fierro .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip: Chicago
James Blanford .... director of photography: second unit
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as Jim Connell)
Peter J. Donoghue .... rigging gaffer: Chicago
Jim Dunn .... grip
Jim Dunn .... second grip
George Hill .... key grip
To Lee .... second assistant camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
John Lubin .... best boy: Chicago
J. Michael Marlett .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Michael Marlett)
Danial Miller .... dolly grip: Chicago (as Danial A. Miller)
Wayne Mort .... dolly grip
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
Dick Oakes .... electrical best boy (as Richard D. Oakes)
Peter Salim .... camera operator: insert unit
Don Smetzer .... still photographer: Chicago (as Donald Smetzer)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Robert Ulland .... steadicam operator: Chicago (as Robert K. Ulland)
Johnny Walker .... first assistant camera (as John Morton Walker)
William Allen Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Shelley Andreas .... casting: Chicago
Anne N. Chapman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Grzejka .... set costumer: Chicago
Barbara McHugh .... costumer
Mort Schwartz .... costume supervisor
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Mike Murphy .... apprentice editor (as Michael Murphy)
Bob Noland .... color timer
Kevin Nolting .... assistant editor
Scott K. Wallace .... additional film editor (as Scott Wallace)
Joyce Arrastia .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Carlyn Montes De Oca .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant editor: Chicago (uncredited)
Derrick Mitchell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Rovak .... dailies editor (uncredited)
Tim Silano .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frank Capp .... music contractor
David Chackler .... music supervisor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Craig Harris .... programming: synclavier
Martin November .... assistant music editor (as Marty November)
Arlon Ober .... orchestrator
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Ross Albert .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Davis .... transportation coordinator
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Joseph Prado .... transportation captain (as Joseph R. Prado)
 
Other crew
Gary Agriesti .... production assistant
Victor Bazaz .... production assistant
Howard Berger .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... first assistant accountant
Judith M. Brown .... welfare worker
Billy Bryan .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
John Ross Bush .... location manager
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Allen Coulter .... mechanical crew
Allen Coulter .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Pete Emmet .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jim Franklyn .... assistant auditor (as James P. Franklyn)
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Judy Groffman .... production associate
Steven James .... mechanical crew
Steven James .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Gordon K. Kee .... auditor
Carol Kim .... assistant to Mr. Osborne
David Kirschner .... creator: Chucky doll
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic: Chicago
Frank Charles Lutkus III .... mechanical crew
Frank Charles Lutkus III .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Michael J. Malone .... location manager
Steven Matthys .... craft service: Chicago (as Steven Cyril Matthys)
John Moy .... craft service (as John S. Moy)
Dave Nelson .... mechanical crew
Dave Nelson .... puppeteer: "Chucky" (as David Arthur Nelson)
Lisa J. Olin .... assistant to producer
Aaron Osborne .... production assistant
Margrit Polak .... dialogue coach
Hal Reinstra .... production assistant (as Hal G. Reinstra)
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor: second unit
Carol S. Siegle .... assistant to director (as Carol Siegle)
Loren Soman .... mechanical crew
Loren Soman .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Marc Tyler .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
N. Brock Winkless IV .... mechanical crew
N. Brock Winkless IV .... puppeteer: "Chucky"
Kevin Yagher .... doll designer: "Chucky" doll
 

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Runtime:
87 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1988) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Ireland:18 (original rating) | Italy:T | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1989-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Spain:18 (DVD version) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:15 (uncut) (2005) | UK:15 (cut) (1989) | USA:R (certificate. 29242) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Charles Lee Ray's partner Eddie Caputo has no lines of actual dialogue in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: We see the babysitter pushed backwards out of the window. However, in the next scene she is falling face-down.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Norris:I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A modern classic, 29 March 2006

When people nowadays think of Chucky, the living doll, they think of the foul mouthed psycho doll complete with body modifications and a punky bride in a movie filled with funny one liners and black humor. However, when Chucky came to life almost 20 years ago, he was a real thrill that redefined the horror genre of the late 80s and spawned a series of imitators (some better than others).

Director Tom Holland crafts this very original tale written by Don Mancini, where a dying sociopath (Brad Douriff) uses voodoo to transplant his soul to an inanimate toy. Catherine Hicks plays Karen Barclay, a single mother who gets the possessed toy for her little son Andy (Alex Vincent), not knowing what is hidden deep inside the doll.

Despite its apparent cheesiness, Holland truly creates a haunting atmosphere filled with suspense by following the trick Steven Spielberg used in "Jaws". While we know from the very beginning that the toy is haunted, we never get a glimpse of what he can do and neither does the characters; only the young Andy knows the truth, but nobody believes him.

Unlike its current MTV-inspired incarnations, "Child's Play" starts a bit slow, but suddenly it turns into a suspense-filled roller-coaster with enough thrills to keep you at the edge of the seat. Holland directions truly makes the difference between a cheap B-movie and the classy film this one has become.

Brad Dourif makes a superb job and this movie started his now-legendary career in the genre. Catherine Hicks is a very good lead character, surprisingly realistic, thanks in part to the very well-written dialog. Chris Sarandon completes the cast as the detective investigating the mysterious murders surrounding Chucky and Andy.

The movie moves at a very good pace, despite its slow start; it has that 80s feeling and it is surprisingly violent for its time (it was released when rules were turning a bit stricter). It has great special effects and a very creepy atmosphere inside it's urban landscape.

While many reviewers consider a flaw the fact that Chucky's possession is not a mystery, I believe that a lot of the suspense is in the fact that we know that, but the characters don't. It is a very well constructed film in the end, and definitely better than its current sequels. 8/10

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