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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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In a 2010 interview, director Mark L. Lester confirmed that this is the most difficult film that he ever made. See more »

Goofs

As Rainbird is engulfed in flames and is thrown across the barn, you can see the wire that is pulling him. See more »

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Charlie McGee: [after Charlie has destroyed the compound] For you, Daddy.
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In the credits, "Special Effects" is misspelled as "Speical Effects". See more »

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Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984) See more »

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Above-average.
14 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Good special effects and a great cast make this film above-average, as Stephen King adaptations go (well, it's certainly better than "Maximum Overdrive"). The story may be a bit predictable, partly because King had visited similar territory before ("Carrie", anyone?), but you have to admire the way the film puts you into the action right from the start, omitting any slow introductions, and George C.Scott is such a strong, perverse and eccentric villain that you can't help watching him. (**1/2)


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