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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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Young prodigy starts fires in one of the best Stephen King adaptations! See more (93 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
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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114 min | Germany:101 min
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Trivia:
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 »
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:
Charlie McGee:[to her power] Back off! Just back off!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Christine: Finish Line (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Young prodigy starts fires in one of the best Stephen King adaptations!, 19 July 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Despite the fact that the films usually revolve around good and interesting stories, film adaptations of Stephen King's works are often not the best horror movies. Firestarter isn't the best known of his books, and that's slightly odd as this film adaptation is one of the best based on his stories. The film takes obvious influence from Brian De Palma's 'The Fury', as aside from the fact that this one is about a young girl that can start fires, and De Palma's film features a boy with psychic abilities; the way that both plots play out is very similar indeed. The plot has a number of problems, and the characters don't always act logically; but this is offset by the likable nature of the film, and characters that are easy to get along with due to their relatively simplistic nature. The film follows the aftermath of an experiment in which people were given an experimental drug. The ultimate result of this experiment was a child born of Andy and Vicky McGee; a child with a unique ability known as 'pyrokinesis' - the ability to start fires at will.

The film benefits from a range of cult stars. A young Drew Barrymore takes the title role, and although her acting skills hadn't been honed by the time this film was released, and she is more than a little bit wooden; she provides an interesting lead. David Keith and Martin Sheen back her up well in supporting roles, but the main acting plaudits go to the great George C. Scott who is good in what is probably the meatiest role of the piece. The running time is a little long for a film like this, but it's well used and the fact that the story doesn't get caught up with needless elements such as the girl's mother and father falling in love is definitely a good thing. The plot is very relaxed for most of the way through, and director Mark L. Lester seems content to just let things play out. That is until the last fifteen minutes; when the plot reaches its full potential and explodes with a fun and exciting finale. The film does feel more than a little bit like a TV movie at times; and the dumbed down techno soundtrack doesn't help this. Overall, the film definitely isn't perfect; but it's an enjoyable watch and King films have definitely been a lot worse!

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