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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

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Andrew and Vicky McGee met while earning money as guinea pigs for an experiment at college. The experiment was shrouded in suspicion and mystery, and seemed to be related to psychic abilities. The two were married and had a daughter Charile, who has the ability to start fires by merely thinking about it. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in Charlie, and operatives from the secret department known as "The Shop" want to quarrantine and study her. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,100,000 (USA)
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One of two Stephen King filmed adaptations made in 1984. The other was Children of the Corn (1984). Also, Christine (1983) , which was made and released in the USA at the end of 1983, still debuted in many territories around the world in 1984. See more »

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During the final scene at the farm, Charlie sends columns of fire along the ground at the government men. You can see the blue edges to the flames, indicating an accelerant was used to produce the fires. See more »

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Security Guard: [at doorway of ladies' washroom] All right, buddy, come out of there!
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This is very good!!!
21 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly I only saw this movie some 20 years after it first came out and I must say I was very surprised. I suppose one could say that this film plus Carrie was the for-runner (on screen that is) of such films as X-Men and Heroes on TV. The acting was superb. If you want to know who is a good actor and who is average see them in a death scene. The way Brian Keith acted when he found his wife dead brought tears to my eyes such was the realism. As for Drew Barrymore I continue to be astounded by her acting ability it is just a shame (though not in this case) that the films she is in do not do her ability justice. The special effects for the time (1984)is excellent and if you do not believe me watch the end of Firestarter and then watch X-men two (the bobby at home scene) and you will see what I mean. As for me the highest praise I can give this film is to say that as soon as I finished watching it I hit the internet and bought it on DVD.


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