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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

Writers:

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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Trivia

The toy shop used in the opening scene was actually a Chinese restaurant that closed down in Chicago, on the corner of Wabash and Van Buren. Chris Sarandon even says the name of the street corner when calling for backup. See more »

Goofs

We see the babysitter pushed backwards out of the window. However, in the next scene she is falling face-down. 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

Referenced in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) See more »

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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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A modern classic
29 March 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

When people nowadays think of Chucky, the living doll, they think of the foul mouthed psycho doll complete with body modifications and a punky bride in a movie filled with funny one liners and black humor. However, when Chucky came to life almost 20 years ago, he was a real thrill that redefined the horror genre of the late 80s and spawned a series of imitators (some better than others).

Director Tom Holland crafts this very original tale written by Don Mancini, where a dying sociopath (Brad Douriff) uses voodoo to transplant his soul to an inanimate toy. Catherine Hicks plays Karen Barclay, a single mother who gets the possessed toy for her little son Andy (Alex Vincent), not knowing what is hidden deep inside the doll.

Despite its apparent cheesiness, Holland truly creates a haunting atmosphere filled with suspense by following the trick Steven Spielberg used in "Jaws". While we know from the very beginning that the toy is haunted, we never get a glimpse of what he can do and neither does the characters; only the young Andy knows the truth, but nobody believes him.

Unlike its current MTV-inspired incarnations, "Child's Play" starts a bit slow, but suddenly it turns into a suspense-filled roller-coaster with enough thrills to keep you at the edge of the seat. Holland directions truly makes the difference between a cheap B-movie and the classy film this one has become.

Brad Dourif makes a superb job and this movie started his now-legendary career in the genre. Catherine Hicks is a very good lead character, surprisingly realistic, thanks in part to the very well-written dialog. Chris Sarandon completes the cast as the detective investigating the mysterious murders surrounding Chucky and Andy.

The movie moves at a very good pace, despite its slow start; it has that 80s feeling and it is surprisingly violent for its time (it was released when rules were turning a bit stricter). It has great special effects and a very creepy atmosphere inside it's urban landscape.

While many reviewers consider a flaw the fact that Chucky's possession is not a mystery, I believe that a lot of the suspense is in the fact that we know that, but the characters don't. It is a very well constructed film in the end, and definitely better than its current sequels. 8/10


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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

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United Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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