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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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Tom Holland

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Don Mancini (story), Don Mancini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Chucky is one mean S.O.B. See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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:

$6,583,963, 13 November 1988

Gross USA:

$33,244,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,196,684
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Original writer Don Mancini stated in an interview that his original script toyed with the audience a bit longer, making them wonder if young Andy was the killer rather than Chucky. This idea was used by Kevin Tenney in Pinocchio's Revenge (1996). See more »

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Stunt driver clearly visible during the car chase. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the film's title logo is shown above the United Artists logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on TBS Superstation; after Chucky is shot, his dying scream and impact on a wall are cut out and instead cuts to where we see him struggling on the floor See more »

Connections

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A True Classic
7 May 2019 | by tommyinfernoSee all my reviews

I have recently been watching back through the Chucky films to get ready for the remake. When you watch the original now you expect it to seem quite silly and to look bad, but unlike other classic movies Child's Play still holds up to this day, wether it's the great acting, the story or the fantastic special effects! This is one of the best horrors out there still to this day. Chucky's movements look believable and again still hold up even though this film was released in 1988, the actors are very believable and do a superb job at portraying their characters and it is still a fun watch. To sum it all up Child's Play is a classic and wether you have or haven't seen it before I highly recommend watching or re watching this movie. 8/10


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