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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:
... Karen Barclay
... Mike Norris
... Andy Barclay
... Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (voice)
... Maggie Peterson
... Jack Santos
... Dr. Ardmore
... Eddie Caputo
Juan Ramírez ... Peddler
... Mr. Criswell
Richard Baird ... News Reporter at Toy Store
Ray Oliver ... Dr. Death (as Raymond Oliver)
Aaron Osborne ... Orderly
Tyler Hard ... Mona
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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Chucky is one mean S.O.B. See more »

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9 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Don Mancini, the original idea for Chucky was that he was not possessed by the soul of a cold-blooded serial killer, but was part of the Andy's rage. Chucky was going after the people that were Andy's enemies. Don would later use it for the sequel. See more »

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A basket on the TV knocked off by Chucky's foot. See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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IS IT REALLY LOVE
Written by Rick Bell (as R. Bell) & Michael Lanning (as M. Lanning)
Performed by Michael Lanning
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The beginning of the most iconic killer doll ever
5 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie starts out pretty slow with a killer named Charles Lee Ray doing voodoo magic to put his soul into a kid's doll. After that it starts to get slow and generic even with the killer doll with things not making much sense (and I am not talking about the Chucky doll thing either). But when Chucky starts his sinister cacklying and cursing that he is known for the movie does pick up. The build up to that point isn't that bad though and I can understand why they had to go in that direction at first. It does add a sense of mystery even if the audiences does know what is going on from the start. The trademark Chucky voice really does add flavor to this slasher. As a matter of fact I wouldn't be shocked if Heath Ledger was inspired by Chucky for his role in "The Dark Knight" now that I think about it. It's cool to see Chucky not going on that unstoppable killer slasher direction, he uses stealth and pulls tricks to kill someone. Plus whenever found, he could just act like a regular doll. Which actually does adds to making him quite a dangerous and sinister killer. This does not have a lot of blood and gore, nor does it have a lot of body count but it does have entertainment value for a horror slasher movie. Overall this is a slasher movie that had a lot of cool and new elements to work with when it came to the direction at the time. And it's understandable how Chucky became one of the most memorable killer villain from the 80's. Thanks to Brad Dourif signature voice as Chucky.

8/10


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