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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 »
User Reviews:
An Awkward Adaptation 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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Runtime:
114 min | Germany:101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Actress Drew Barrymore who played Charlie in Firestarter was also in another Stephen King adaptation, called 'Cat's Eye'. In both roles she was a child actress.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt woman standing on the little bridge, during the fireballs scene.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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Soundtrack:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »

FAQ

What was Lot Six supposed to do?
What is "The Shop"?
Does Stephen King have a cameo appearance in "Firestarter"?
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18 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
An Awkward Adaptation, 26 October 2004
Author: Anthony Piggott from United Kingdom

The main problem with "Firestarter" is it tries to adapt the story of the book faithfully, at the expense of character development. It is impossible to cram a five hundred page book into one two hour movie and make it work favourably. For much of the picture, the pacing feels awkward and rushed, more interested in moving the plot along than developing the characters.

Brian De Palma's "Carrie" followed the story of the book just as closely. But seeing as "Carrie" is less than half the length of "Firestarter", it made for a much more comfortable adaptation.

Stanley Kubrick had the right idea with "the Shining". The book was about the same length as "Firestarter", and as a result the plot was butchered heavily to make it work for the screen. Stephen King (and much of his loyal fanbase) have misgivings about Kubrick's adaptation, a lot of people who love film (and recognise it as the different medium that it is) regard it as a masterpiece.

Mark Lester's "Firestarter" isn't all bad however. George C. Scott's John Rainbird is inspired casting, and probably the best thing this film has going for it. The scene at the Manders' farm, and the conclusion at the Shop's headquarters make for enjoyable viewing and are handled capably.

It's a shame, that as a whole, the film doesn't work too well. I'd definitely like to see this re-adapted into another film or a mini-series. The book isn't exactly King's best, but it has a lot of potential for another screen outing. 5/10

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