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Director:
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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(587 articles)
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Not very scary, but entertaining nonetheless See more (269 total) »

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)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist (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)
Kay Whipple .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip: Chicago (as Art Bartell)
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)
Rick Brown .... grip: Chicago (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michelle Crenshaw .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Freres .... electrician: Chicago (uncredited)
Donald E. Miller .... grip: Chicago (uncredited)
David Moenkhaus .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Michael T. Travers .... grip (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)
Ron Maxwell .... transportation captain: Chicago (uncredited)
Armand Paoletti .... transportation captain: Chicago (uncredited)
 
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: Andy places Chucky in a rocking chair that is missing a runner on one side; minutes later, chucky is gone and the chair is rocking, both runners intact.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Norris:I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Soundtrack:
Child's Play ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 15 Version and the Uncut Version?
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55 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Not very scary, but entertaining nonetheless, 29 July 2003
Author: Mike Jennings (axlroseisgod@aol.com) from Wakefield, MA

Child's Play was billed as a horror movie, but it's hard to categorize it as such. Especially by 1980s standards. There's no brainless teenage cattle, no gratuitous nudity, and no ridiculously high body count. If anything, Child's Play runs like an episode of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. It's creepy, but ultimately not shocking. This is no coincidence. An episode of The Twilight Zone called Living Doll used a similar premise.

Child's Play is done very well, considering it's about a serial killer who uses voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a doll. The acting is way above average for a horror movie and the momentum builds nicely. The viewer is forced to wait quite awhile before they actually see Chucky kill anyone. If anyone has seen VH1's "I Love the 80s" then you've probably seen Dee Snider mock the movie: "It's a doll! Step on it! It's over!". If Chucky tried to go on a killing rampage, this would work. But he doesn't. He uses stealth and cunning to make up for the failings of his diminutive body. He reveals his true self only to young Andy, the boy who gets him as a birthday present. He kills all his hapless victims without much trouble. After all, who would suspect an innocent little doll could kill you when you're not looking?

Perhaps the biggest problem with Child's Play is that it was billed as an evil doll movie. Chucky was on all the posters and commercials, knife in hand. It would have worked much better as a suspense thriller, where you suspect that little Andy Barclay is the murderer.

Despite it's failings as a horror movie, Child's Play is still a great movie because it paints a dismal and accurate picture of the 80s: the frustration of single parenthood, the dark dangerous inner cities, and trying to get your kid that overpriced toy that they just *have* to have. Child's Play also came at a time when dolls were really popular: Teddy Ruxpin, Cabbage Patch Kids, My Buddy, and Kid Sister were all hot items. Little kids loved these things, but there's something inherently sinister about dolls. Those glassy eyes and perma-smiles seem insincere.

Overall, Child's Play is a movie that probably succeeded because it was in the right place at the right time. Nonetheless, it's worth at least a few viewings. Chucky is easily one of the top 3 horror movie villains of the 1980s along with Freddie Krueger and the Gremlins.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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