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Firstborn (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 26 October 1984 (USA)
A teen must protect his family, when his mother's sinister new boyfriend begins exerting his authority in their house.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wendy
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Sam
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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
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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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Storyline

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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Jake Livingston had to grow up fast...Because his mother didn't. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

First Born  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,606,214 (USA) (28 October 1984)

Gross:

$6,250,994 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Jake (Christopher Collet) (on a motorbike) is being pursued by Sam (Peter Weller) in the SUV, was filmed in Morristown, New Jersey. In an attempt to shake off Sam, Jake gets up on the New Jersey Transit tracks, and is soon overtaken by a commuter train. During the sequence, which involved several takes, veteran stuntman Bill Anagnos (doubling Christopher Collet) was actually struck by the train, and was knocked off the right-of-way, suffering a broken leg. With heavy editing of the previous takes, the accident was not shown, and the film progressed from there. After a long period of painful recuperation, Bill Anagnos eventually returned to stunt work. See more »

Quotes

Brian: What did he lose, his dick?
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Soundtracks

The Police Told Me
by Billy Rancher (as B. Rancher)
Performed by Billy Rancher & The Unreal Gods
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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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