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Firstborn (1984)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  26 October 1984 (USA)
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Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and ... See full summary »

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Wendy
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Sam
Christopher Collet ...
Jake Livingston
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Brian Livingston
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Lisa
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Lee
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Adam
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Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon ...
Alan Livingston (Dad)
Gayle Harbor ...
Joanne
Ellen Barber ...
Wendy's Girlfriend Pat
Richard E. Szlasa ...
Coach Gant
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima ...
Robby
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Ken
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Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and declares he's the man of the house now, Jake puts up with it. Until he discovers Sam's illegal activities. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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There's a new man in his mother's life. A difficult, dangerous, violent man. Now Jake's got to stand up for himself and his family. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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First Born  »

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$6,200,000 (USA)
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Tom Berenger turned down the role of Sam, where it ultimately went to Peter Weller. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: Kids are cynical these days. It's hip.
Jake: It's not.
Sam: Why don't you tell us whats hip Jake?
Jake: Nothings hip.
Sam: Nothings hip? You mean nothing matters anymore, thats hip? Nothingness is hip?
Jake: Hip isn't HIP anymore.
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Politics of Dancing
by Paul Fishman (as P. Fishman)
Performed by Re-Flex
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A downer, but I liked it.
21 October 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, I always enjoyed watching movies and TV shows about screwed-up youth, and this did the trick nicely. Christopher Collett (who, at the time, cornered the market in 'abused offspring' roles - remember RIGHT TO KILL?), Teri Garr and Peter Weller are superb as the dysfunctional family unit from Hell, and despite the film's tendency to go off the rails and slip into DEATH WISH-style melodramatics (especially in the deeply unpleasant climactic 'payback' scenes), FIRSTBORN is a largely credible and believable glimpse into the hopelessness of a bad situation. I could definitely relate to the on-off battle between Collett and his abusive, smart-alec 'lightweight' of an English teacher, having gone through similar trials myself. And after hearing the Physical Education instructor's chilling lecture, I always dry myself off properly after taking a shower!

Yes, I probably remember this film for all the wrong reasons, but I'd love to see it again; as I recall, it was a late-night offering on the BBC in the late eighties, and it's probably been deemed too traumatic to repeat. Please, someone issue it as a budget-range VHS!


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