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Firestarter (1984)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  11 May 1984 (USA)
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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 <>

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If you get on her bad side...YOU'RE TOAST. See more »


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Release Date:

11 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$15,100,000 (USA)

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Jennifer Connelly and Taylor Neff were considered for the role of nine year old Charlene Charlie McGee. Actress Drew Barrymore won the part and was around eight years old when she played the part. See more »


In the barn scene, the water spigot turns clockwise, then detaches from the water pipe. It should have turned anti-clockwise. See more »


Irv Manders: Norma, those men came here without any warrants at all. Tried to take them off our land. One of them shot me. What do you want me to do? Sit here and turn them over to the secret police, if they ever get their peckers up enough to come back? Be a good Nazi?
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In the credits, "Special Effects" is misspelled as "Speical Effects". See more »


References Fahrenheit 451 (1966) See more »


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Take "Carrie" one step further...
16 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

If you thought that "Carrie" made incredible use of conflagrations, you ain't seen nothing yet! In Stephen King's other combustion-themed story, "Firestarter" portrays the daughter (Drew Barrymore) of a experimental guinea pig (David Keith) using her ignition abilities to get her way. When the government kidnaps her and her father, things really get ugly.

On one level, this movie seems a little preachy, with the shadowy agents going after the man and his daughter. But I would call that an accurate depiction of things. And you gotta agree with what the girl does, no matter how extreme she gets (and I'm talking really extreme). So I definitely recommend this movie. But if you're a pyromaniac, don't let this movie encourage you.

Also starring Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney and Louise Fletcher.

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