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Child's Play (1988)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Hicks ... Karen Barclay
Chris Sarandon ... Mike Norris
Alex Vincent ... Andy Barclay
Brad Dourif ... Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (voice)
Dinah Manoff ... Maggie Peterson
Tommy Swerdlow ... Jack Santos
Jack Colvin ... Dr. Ardmore
Neil Giuntoli ... Eddie Caputo
Juan Ramírez Juan Ramírez ... Peddler
Alan Wilder ... Mr. Criswell
Richard Baird Richard Baird ... News Reporter at Toy Store
Ray Oliver Ray Oliver ... Dr. Death (as Raymond Oliver)
Aaron Osborne Aaron Osborne ... Orderly
Tyler Hard Tyler Hard ... Mona
Ted Liss Ted Liss ... George
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Storyline

When Charles Lee Ray needs to get a 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 and 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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Andy Barclay has a new playmate who's in no mood to play. See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Brother See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,583,000, 13 November 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,244,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,952,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Norris car is a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria. See more »

Goofs

Andy when he is told to go to bed by Karen turns his head around towards Mike Norris just before Norris mentions the boy's name. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Glad I finally watched it.
25 August 2004 | by the_NGWSee all my reviews

Well after years of the movie scaring me(I first saw parts when I was 3) I finally sat down and watched a little movie called "Child's Play" Boy am I glad I did. I watched #1 straight through to Bride, and can't wait for Seed. I will do this in a typical review format.

Story: 10/10

An original concept!?! Yes it is. A rarity these days. Serial killer Charles Lee Ray is being chased, after being mortally wounded he uses voodoo to transfer his spirit into the most populare child's toy on the market, the Good Guy's doll. He is purchased for young Andy Barclay, and soon after his baby sitter dies, and is Chucky his doll accused, of course not, Andy swears it was his doll. Chucky soon discovers that he is becoming human and has to transfer his soul to the body of the person he first told his true identity to, Andy!

Violence: 8/10

I liked the violence in the movie, but it didn't have enough in my taste, but don't get me wrong I love the movie enough to not care.

Language: 10/10

Horror movies should keep then language at about this level, and save the excessive swearing for comedies.

Main Villain: 11/10

Seriously, Chucky is the man. Both voices fit, and the effects used on him are perfect.

Effects: 10/10

Great effects, even by today's standards.

Overall: 10/10

I love this movie.

Buy or Rent: BUY!!


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