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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Fifteen. At a time when most kids need to dream, Jake Livingston had to wake up. 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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In 1984, this had the misfortune of opening on the same day as The Terminator (1984). See more »

Quotes

Jake: Why do you get in so many fights?
Brian: Cuz I always win. It's like being the fastest gun.
Jake: Then lose once.
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Written and Performed by Anthony More
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Hard-Hitting Drama
25 September 2000 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Nobody seems to like this drama, probably because it IS at times very depressing and downbeat...and the ending DOES tie things up a little too neatly after going over the top melodramatically. But the movie is worth seeing for several reasons. It's extremely well-acted by all (especially Christopher Collet and a rare dramatic turn from Teri Garr)and the early parts of the story ring powerfully true about the loneliness, confusion and hurt that comes with being a family torn apart by divorce. The scenes involving the kids and their friends and their dealings at school also feel fresh and very real.

Solidly directed by Michael Apted, "Firstborn" is an affecting 1980's drama that, despite its flaws, will stay with you long after you see it.


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