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Firestarter (1984)

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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew 'Andy' McGee
... Charlene 'Charlie' McGee
... Doctor Joseph Wanless
... Victoria 'Vicky' Tomlinson McGee
... Captain Hollister
... John Rainbird
... Irv Manders
... Norma Manders
... Doctor Pynchot
... Taxi Driver
... Orville Jamieson
Curtis Credel ... Bates
Keith Colbert ... Mayo
... Knowles (as Richard Warlock)
... Steinowitz
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Andrew and Vicky McGee met while earning money as guinea pigs for an experiment at college. The experiment was shrouded in suspicion and mystery, and seemed to be related to psychic abilities. The two were married and had a daughter, Charlie, who has the ability to start fires by merely thinking about it, also known as pyrokinesis. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in Charlie, and operatives from the secret department known as "The Shop" want to quarantine and study her. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,100,000
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The cast featured three people 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, and Louise Fletcher had won a Best Actress Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). See more »

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When Cap Hollister is first in the room with Charlie, the door behind him is open over his left shoulder after he had closed it. Then when the camera shot changes again the door is closed. See more »

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Irv Manders: I didn't catch his name yet, so I don't know if we're related.
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[unused disclaimer, written for end titles; ended up on cutting-room floor] FIRESTARTER contains a purely fictional account of a small group of ruthless and corrupt scientific researchers and national-intelligence agents. These characters do not represent the United States government, and it would be erroneous and unfair to suggest that they do. The vast majority of North American intelligence and research personnel have demonstrated the utmost moral sense, regard for civilian welfare, and worthiness of the public trust. See more »

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Not spectacular, but good
2 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Firestarter is one of those movies that bores critics and often appears as weekend or late night filler on TV. Even so, the movie does have its moments. Give it a chance, and Firestarter will grow on you.

Fans of the X Files will be at home with the movie's plot about an experimental drug given to 60s college students by a secret government agency, known as The Shop. Two of the students (portrayed by David Keith and Heather Locklear) eventually marry and a child is born; a "firestarter" (played by Drew Barrymore) who can set anything ablaze with just one angry thought. Martin Sheen and George C. Scott round out the cast as heads of The Shop, who are now bent on capturing the girl and harnessing her power as a weapon, not to mention using her as a way to get funding for more experiments.

The acting and dialogue certainly aren't award-winning, but they do carry the movie along. The music, written and performed by Tangerine Dream, is perfectly suited to the movie, and in my opinion is some of Tangerine Dream's best work. The special effects are convincing, and at times, chilling. Readers of Stephen King's best-selling novel will be happy to know that this movie is, for the most part, faithful to his original story, despite a rather clipped ending.

In all, if you have a taste for conspiracy thrillers with a healthy dose of science fiction thrown in, you'll like this one, though it probably won't be your favorite.


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