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Release Date:
11 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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2 nominations See more »
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One of the more accessible King adaptations, but best if you enjoyed the book See more (84 total) »

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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 
 
Production Management
Don Goldman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nikita Knatz .... second unit director
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Jeff Ginn .... assistant art director
Mark Gutierrez .... property assistant
Holly McDonald .... props
Jeffrey Schlatter .... assistant construction coordinator
Ralph Woollaston .... carpenter
Michael J. Hall .... carpenter (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Mike Edmonson .... pyrotechnician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman
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
Jim Cody Harrington .... electrician
W.D. Hill .... grip
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Steve Lubbe .... best boy
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera
John Sheeren .... second assistant camera
Tom Taylor .... second assistant camera
Ralph Watson .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Nina Axelrod .... casting assistant
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
 
Music Department
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Monica Garris-Powell .... driver: cast (as Monica Powell)
 
Other crew
Frank Capra III .... production assistant
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Estelle Goldman .... production secretary
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
John Lytle .... location manager
Jennifer Ward .... photo double: Drew Barrymore
Julie Tamisiea .... horse trainer (uncredited)
 

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114 min | Germany:101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Second of two Stephen King filmed adaptations starring Martin Sheen. The first had been The Dead Zone (1983) the previous year. Sheen played a bad guy in both.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Charlie throws the three agents in silver fire suits out of the barn after setting them on fire, the wires used to pull them back are clearly visible as the barn door breaks.See more »
Quotes:
Security Guard:[at doorway of ladies' washroom] All right, buddy, come out of there!
Young Serviceman:[standing in toilet] Mind waiting until I put my feet out?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the more accessible King adaptations, but best if you enjoyed the book, 21 May 2007
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Firestarter is the story of Charlie (Drew Barrymore at age 8) and Andy, her dad (David Keith), and the people who are trying to imprison, control and/or kill them (Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Moses Gunn, and others). Charlie is a mutant. Her father and mother were part of an experiment on mutagenic substances performed on college students in the 1960s by The Shop. The experiment gave Andy the ability to control others minds, but the mutation, apparently dormant in his wife, was passed on through the sex chromosome to his daughter. Charlie, quite plainly, can combust virtually anything with her mind.

Though all the acting in this film is good, Barrymore and Scott are truly awesome. Scott plays a brilliant sociopath, and can go from a kindly old Viet Nam vet to a ruthless killer with one quick change of facial expression. And Barrymore (at the age of 8, if you didn't pick up on that the first time I said it) gives her character a fully believable person-hood with great depth.

Like the novel, this is more of a horror-thriller than classic King ghost stories - like The Shining. It is also less classic King horror - like Carrie. And its also not a great drama like Dolores Claiborne, Misery and Stand By Me. Though it fits into roughly the same category as Hearts in Atlantis, it is not a literary as this much later King work and the characters are not as well developed. Although the book could be said to be one of King's earlier experiments with what would become a formula for his lesser works, King's writing is so lucid, and his characters are so interesting, believable and nicely examined, that his 'B fiction' is still somewhat above the average best-seller. The film follows the book very closely, and, like the book, is sort of a prototype for the more formulaic films in the King portfolio.

The directing is very good, the cinematography (especially the effects) is excellent, and the film is, as a whole entertaining. But, for those who have not read the book, the film will likely come off as 'no big deal.' As with many of the more formulaic King-derived films, this is best seen as a cathartic summary of the original work (like Dreamcatchers, Running Man, The Stand, Maximum Overdrive, The Mangler and others).

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