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Firestarter -- Based on the Stephen King novel, this thriller stars Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, a young girl whose ability to start fires with her mind has dire consequences for everyone around her.
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Release Date:
11 May 1984 (USA) See more »
She has the power . . . an evil destructive force. See more »
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Mark L. Lester 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen King  novel
Stanley Mann 

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... producer
Martha De Laurentiis .... associate producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini 
Film Editing by
David Rawlins 
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Giorgio Postiglione 
Set Decoration by
Lynn Wolverton-Parker  (as Lynn Wolverton)
Lynn Wolverton-Parker 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup: George C. Scott
Francisca Núñez .... hair stylist (as Francisca Nunez Sanz)
José Quetglás .... assistant makeup artist (as Jose Quetglas Rubio)
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Goldman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ric Kidney .... second assistant director
Nikita Knatz .... second unit director
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director
David Whorf .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ron Foreman .... assistant art director
Trish Gallaher Glenn .... props (as Trisha Gallaher)
Jeff Ginn .... assistant art director
Mark Gutierrez .... property assistant
Nikita Knatz .... illustrator
Holly McDonald .... props
Jeffrey Schlatter .... assistant construction coordinator
Vic Simpson .... construction coordinator
Ralph Woollaston .... carpenter
Michael J. Hall .... carpenter (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
David Pearson .... boom man
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Mike Edmonson .... pyrotechnician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman
James Fredburg .... special effects technician: pyrotechnics
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects
Bob Stoker .... special effects crew
Michael Wood .... special effects
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects (uncredited)
Phil Adams .... stunts (as Philip Adams)
Linda Arvidson .... stunts (as Linda Lee Arvidson)
George Fisher .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
A.J. Nay .... stunts (as Arthur Nay)
Joseph Prado .... stunts (as Joe Prado)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Peter Stader .... stunts (as Peter T. Stader)
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunts
Laura Warner .... stunt double
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
Enrico Cortese .... camera operator
Wayne Forster .... gaffer
Jim Cody Harrington .... electrician
John R. Hernandez .... key grip (as John Hernandez)
W.D. Hill .... grip
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Steve Lubbe .... best boy
Robert McClure .... best boy (as Robbie McClure)
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera
John Sheeren .... second assistant camera
Sergio Spila .... gaffer
David W. Strong .... rigging assistant
Tom Taylor .... second assistant camera
Ralph Watson .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Nina Axelrod .... casting assistant
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Butler .... costumer
Michael Butler .... wardrobe supervisor
Wes Echert .... costumer (as Wes Echkardt)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Richard Keefe .... assistant editor
Eric Strand .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeff Carlson .... supervising music editor
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Russ Powell .... transportation coordinator
Monica Powell-Garris .... driver: cast (as Monica Powell)
Other crew
John Alariano .... translator
Frank Capra III .... production assistant
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Patricia Fay .... location manager (as Pat Fay)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Estelle Goldman .... production secretary
Debra Goldstein .... assistant to the producer
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Carolyn Lennon .... teacher
Linda Lucibello .... assistant auditor
John Lytle .... location manager
Candis Mason .... script supervisor
Heather McIntosh .... auditor
David Oliver .... title design
Almarie Robinson .... welfare worker
Janis Rockwell-Strong .... production coordinator
Ernie Sawyer .... weapons advisor
Linda Van Dam .... post-production auditor
Zelig Walters .... caterer
Jennifer Ward .... photo double: Drew Barrymore
Don Zearfoss .... security coordinator
Julie Tamisiea .... horse trainer (uncredited)

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114 min | Germany:101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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While Charlie is adjusting to her room in the shop she appears to be playing the infamous E.T. video game.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Rainbird is engulfed in flames and is thrown across the barn, you can see the wire that is pulling him.See more »
Irv Manders:I don't care if they're wanted for assassinating the president. Show me a warrant, or get the hell off my land!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "FLCL" (2000)See more »
Turkey in the StrawSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not spectacular, but good, 2 February 1999
Author: Toledo-2 from Houston, Texas

Firestarter is one of those movies that bores critics and often appears as weekend or late night filler on TV. Even so, the movie does have its moments. Give it a chance, and Firestarter will grow on you.

Fans of the X Files will be at home with the movie's plot about an experimental drug given to 60s college students by a secret government agency, known as The Shop. Two of the students (portrayed by David Keith and Heather Locklear) eventually marry and a child is born; a "firestarter" (played by Drew Barrymore) who can set anything ablaze with just one angry thought. Martin Sheen and George C. Scott round out the cast as heads of The Shop, who are now bent on capturing the girl and harnessing her power as a weapon, not to mention using her as a way to get funding for more experiments.

The acting and dialogue certainly aren't award-winning, but they do carry the movie along. The music, written and performed by Tangerine Dream, is perfectly suited to the movie, and in my opinion is some of Tangerine Dream's best work. The special effects are convincing, and at times, chilling. Readers of Stephen King's best-selling novel will be happy to know that this movie is, for the most part, faithful to his original story, despite a rather clipped ending.

In all, if you have a taste for conspiracy thrillers with a healthy dose of science fiction thrown in, you'll like this one, though it probably won't be your favorite.

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