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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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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:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Brother 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, Don Mancini said in the original script, Child's Play (1988) was at first a satire on toy marketing and merchandising for children, before the idea morphed into a horror film instead. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie's body landed on the pickup, the hand is visibly a mannequin's hand. Also, Maggie managed to flip to face up position by the fourth floor. It is unlikely for Maggie to flip back to face down position and land on the van as shown. See more »

Quotes

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


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End Credits
(Child's Play Theme)
Written by Joe Renzetti
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Original and scary.
8 November 2000 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

I've seen this brilliant horror movie over twenty times so far and it is still great."Child's Play" is wonderfully original-a great concept(the soul of a serial killer in the puppet)and villain(Chucky!)are perhaps the keys to it all.Plenty of shocks and scares,pretty good acting and lots of violence.The direction and editing are so tight and carefully done.Now I can see why this movie was such a huge success in 1988.Managing to be both frightening and classy,this is a nerve-wracking experience.I actually found "Child's Play" to be a very scary film.I did not find it too gory,but what gore there is it was done to heighten intensity levels to the extreme.All in all,I wholeheartedly recommend it to any open-minded viewer,who likes to watch horror movies.The hammer in the head scene still gives me goosebumps.


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