Firstborn (1984)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Collet ...
Jake Livingston
Brian Livingston
Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon ...
Alan Livingston (Dad)
Gayle Harbor ...
Ellen Barber ...
Wendy's Girlfriend Pat
Richard E. Szlasa ...
Coach Gant
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima ...


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

First Born  »

Box Office


$6,200,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Corey Haim 's first day of shooting was with 'Peter Weller', and he went up to compliment the older actor on his performance. Weller collared Haim, throwing him up against a wall to warn him not to speak to him after a take, and it took three assistants to separate them. Haim later admitted that he was terrified by the experience. See more »


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80's dramatic gold
14 May 2007 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

If you're an 80's film buff, you couldn't ask for anything better than Firstborn. Peter Weller being creepier than creepy, Cory Haim being earnest, Sarah Jessica Parker being mousy, and Teri Garr addicted to coke. Does it get any better? I found the film looking for more Christopher Collet flicks (he's the dreamy 13-year-old Paul of Sleepaway Camp), and he knocks this role out of the park as an engaging and increasingly troubled teen trying to keep his family together. Though the subject matter is a little heavy, Apted keeps you riveted, and Firstborn proves itself to be a heartfelt and endearing look at a family ripped apart. Not only is this Corey Haim's first film, but the entire cast is outstanding. Do yourself a favor and see it.

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