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Writers (WGA):
Don Mancini (story)
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Release Date:
9 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
No one believes the truth...or lives to tell it. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Sr. .... 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: Chicago (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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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)

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Trivia:
The original plot idea was to have life-like Good Guy dolls that had blood and latex skin. If the kids tore the latex skin, they could go out and buy Official Good Guy bandages. In a blood-brother pact, Andy cut his own hand and mixed his blood with Chucky's, thus causing him to come alive and become human.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the police station when Andy is being interrogated by the detective, Andy smacks Chucky because he won't talk and his hair is in disarray. In the next shot his hair is slicked down.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Norris:I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Soundtrack:
CHUCKY'S ANIMATED THEMESee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 15 Version and the Uncut Version?
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Child's Play: 7/10, 22 April 2003
Author: movieguy1021 (Movieguy1021@comcast.net) from Anywhere, USA

Child's Play is usually categorized with other definitive horror films of the 70's and 80's, such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, while it's a lot different, in ways I'll get into later.

Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) is a serial killer who is finally killed by Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). However, he performs a chant right before he dies. Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) is a single mother who works in a jewelry department in a department store. She lives in an apartment with her six-year-old son Andy (Alex Vincent), who is like any normal six-year-old. He loves the television show `Good Guys', and they have lots of toys and dolls that you can buy. When his birthday comes around, he doesn't get a $100 Good Guy, but Karen buys one from a peddler off the street for $30. However, that doll, whose name is Chucky, is actually filled with the spirit of Ray, who tries to kill everyone.

At times this can be pretty effective, even scary, even when they add to it with predictable, cheap scares. When Maggie (Dinah Manoff, who overacts throughout the entire movie) is slowly walking through the kitchen with no music, with the phone in plain sight, do you think it's going to ring? Thankfully, there aren't too many of them. The entire plot is pretty clever, not just a `Craven' or `De Palma' theme. Also, the puppetry of Chucky was pretty good, for it being 15 years ago. The cinematography was good, with many first person shots, which were effective.

Dourif, who played a gentle man in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was very good, especially in the beginning, when we actually saw him. Why he isn't a big name now is beyond me. Hicks was good for what she was required to be: panicky and caring to Andy. Sarandon didn't do anything for me, as the obligatory police officer. Vincent talked like stereotypical movie children did, enunciating every syllable.

The music really helped, with it booming to prove its point of being a horror movie. It could have had some humor, like other horror movies do, to help it out some. Since it's less than 90 minutes and a horror films, they didn't worry about anything like plot holes or continuity errors. A few I noticed: how DID he go into Chucky, besides the chant, why would the Chucky doll be burned up, the dates continuously change. That scene with voodoo was very cool. That's about all I can say, so I won't say any more.

My rating: 7/10

Rated R for language and violent situations.

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