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(1984)

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Prophetically, when Drew Barrymore was six and a half years old before she was cast in this movie, her mother thought that Drew looked liked the girl on the source novel's paperback dust-jacket. Drew once said: My mom had seen this book at the grocery store with a picture of a little girl on it and she said 'Gee, this looks kinda like you'. She said it was OK if I bought it and so I did. When I read it, I came into the kitchen where my mom was making dinner and said 'I'm the Firestarter. I'm Charlie McGee! But she didn't know what I was talking about".
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In a 2010 interview, director Mark L. Lester confirmed that this is his most difficult film that he ever made.
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Some movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "Charlie McGee is a happy, healthy eight-year-old little girl. Normal in every way but one. She has the power to set objects afire with just one glance. It's a power she does not want. It's a power she cannot control. And, each night, Charlie prays to be just like every other child. But there are those who will do everything in their power to find her...control her or destroy her. Charlie McGee is Stephen King's FIRESTARTER. Will she have the power...to survive?".
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In Golden Years (1991) (also based on a Stephen King concept), the pursuer of Harlan and Gina Williams, Jude Andrews played by R.D. Call, and their protector, Terry Spann played by Felicity Huffman, both worked for the secret US Government agency known as "The Shop" that kidnapped Drew Barrymore in Firestarter (1984).
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Firestarter was the first Stephen King novel published in a limited edition. King later regretted this decision because of they're preciousness and unavailability.
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The cast featured three actors who had won Academy Awards for acting. George C. Scott and Art Carney had won Best Actor Oscars for Patton (1970) and Harry and Tonto (1974) respectively whilst Louise Fletcher had won a Best Actress Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
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One of two Stephen King filmed adaptations made in 1984. The other was Children of the Corn (1984). Also, Christine (1983) , which was made and released in the USA at the end of 1983, still debuted in many territories around the world in 1984.
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According to director Mark L. Lester, Tangerine Dream never actually saw the film. They sent him some music and told him to choose whatever he liked.
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The Charlie McGee character was modeled on Stephen King's daughter Naomi.
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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.
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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Stephen King had been first published in 1980.
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One of six filmed adaptations of a Stephen King story produced in some capacity by Dino De Laurentiis. The movies include Firestarter (1984), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), Maximum Overdrive (1986), The Dead Zone (1983) and Sometimes They Come Back (1991).
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The name of the a secret government organization was "The Shop". It's real umbrella name was the Department of Scientific Intelligence.
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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.
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The sequel Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002) wasn't made for another eighteen years after this movie was first released.
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First of two Stephen King filmed adaptations starring Drew Barrymore. The second would be in the following year in Cat's Eye (1985).
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This film was originally going to be directed by John Carpenter. According to Carpenter, Universal executives removed him from the project in the wake of the box office and critical drubbing they received for The Thing (1982). Carpenter had reportedly talked to his Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) actor, Darwin Joston about taking on the role of John Rainbird, which was ultimately played by George C. Scott.
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One of a number of films which were part of a cycle of pictures involving ESP / telekinesis made during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The films include Carrie (1976), Patrick (1978), Zapped! (1982), Scanners (1981), Firestarter (1984), Modern Problems (1981) The Fury (1978), and The Medusa Touch (1978).
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Martin Sheen took over at a late stage from Burt Lancaster who had to withdraw following heart surgery.
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The book "Creepshows" by Stephen King says that David Keith was 14th choice.
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Bridgette Andersen, the star of Savannah Smiles, tested for the role of Charlie, ultimately played by Drew Barrymore.
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Stanley Mann, who wrote the screenplay, had a minor acting role in the film.
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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.
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