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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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Ojos de fuego  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,100,000
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Screenwriter Stanley Mann and Director Mark L. Lester, both worked on the screenplay of the film which was alot more closer to the book than John Carpenter's script that was discarded. Their adaptation of it was originally 300 pages long which had to be condensed down to a 120 page shooting script. See more »

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In the barn scene, the water spigot turns clockwise, then detaches from the water pipe. It should have turned anti-clockwise. See more »

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Captain Hollister: What's to stop me from having you erased right here and now?
John Rainbird: My word - that I've already made certain provisions that should I "disappear", The Shop will cease to exist within six weeks. And within six months, you will stand in front of a judge awaiting sentence for crimes serious enough to keep you behind bars for the rest of your life.
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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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Take "Carrie" one step further...
16 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

If you thought that "Carrie" made incredible use of conflagrations, you ain't seen nothing yet! In Stephen King's other combustion-themed story, "Firestarter" portrays the daughter (Drew Barrymore) of a experimental guinea pig (David Keith) using her ignition abilities to get her way. When the government kidnaps her and her father, things really get ugly.

On one level, this movie seems a little preachy, with the shadowy agents going after the man and his daughter. But I would call that an accurate depiction of things. And you gotta agree with what the girl does, no matter how extreme she gets (and I'm talking really extreme). So I definitely recommend this movie. But if you're a pyromaniac, don't let this movie encourage you.

Also starring Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney and Louise Fletcher.


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