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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 »
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Tagline:
She has the power . . . an evil destructive force. See more »
Plot:
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(124 articles)
The Stranger | Review
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Great Cast but the Film is a Flop See more (92 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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
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
Monica Garris-Powell .... driver: cast (as Monica Powell)
Russ Powell .... transportation coordinator
 
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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Runtime:
114 min | Germany:101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The book "Creepshows" by Stephen King says that David Keith was 14th choice.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cap Hollister is first in the room with Charlie, the door behind him is open over his left shoulder after he had closed it. Then when the camera shot changes again the door is closed.See more »
Quotes:
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: Dead Air (#7.12)" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What is "The Shop"?
Is 'Firestarter' based on a book?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great Cast but the Film is a Flop, 1 October 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Firestarter (1984)

** (out of 4)

Weak adaptation of the Steven King novel about a young child named Charlie (Drew Barrymore) who has the special power of being able to set things on fire by just using her thought. She's on the run with her father (David Keith) from various government people wanting to exploit her talent as she tries to control her gift. I haven't read the novel that this movie is based on so I can't comment on what this got right or wrong. However, I'm one who never expects a movie to follow the book 100% so with that in mind I can only say that this film is a complete mess. Thankfully this thing offers up an all-star cast including some legends because without them this film would be nearly impossible to get through. Clocking in just under two-hours, the film feels twice as long and I think a lot of the blame has to go to director Mark L. Lester. His direction is all over the place and not for a second did I feel any tension in the story and I also thought the pacing was pretty bad. I will say that not all of this might be his fault because the screenplay itself has a fair number of problems. One such problem is that the entire thing never really seems to know what it wants to do. Is it a horror film? Science fiction? Is it trying to be some sort of hard, negative look at the government and their powers? The film is all over the map in regards to what it's trying to do but sadly it doesn't do any of them very well. The performances are actually pretty good and are the best thing in the film. Barrymore delivers a strong and believable performance as the haunting girl and I've always liked Keith in just about everything he's done. Heather Locklear does a nice job in her scenes as the mother and we get vets like Martin Sheen and George C. Scott offering up fine performances. The highlight of the film deals with a couple farmers played by Art Carney and Louise Fletcher. Yes, FIRESTARTER has three Oscar-winning actors. The special effects are another plus and help give the film some energy. I must admit that the entire story struck me as being silly and especially early on as we see Keith's character getting nosebleeds from doing his psychic powers and Barrymore crying from setting people on fire. These scenes really made me laugh the majority of the time and once we keep seeing the same thing over and over it just gets boring.

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