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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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Charlie  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,100,000
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Trivia

George C. Scott actually contracted an infection wearing the contact lens in his left eye and was out for several days. Director Mark L. Lester had to shoot alot of other scenes that Scott was not apart of in his absence during this time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Irv Manders: I don't care if they're wanted for assassinating the president. Show me a warrant, or get the hell off my land!
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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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Better Than Votes Indicate
4 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I am not going to make a long speech about this but the movie is much better than the votes would indicate. A good cast, decent story and and enjoyable to watch. It is also nice to see a young Drew Barrymore. She has turned out to be a pretty good little actress and moviemaker. Check it out.


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