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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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Andrew 'Andy' McGee
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Charlene 'Charlie' McGee
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Doctor Joseph Wanless
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Victoria 'Vicky' Tomlinson McGee
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Captain Hollister
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John Rainbird
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Irv Manders
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Norma Manders
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Doctor Pynchot
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Taxi Driver
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Orville Jamieson
Curtis Credel ...
Bates
Keith Colbert ...
Mayo
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Knowles (as Richard Warlock)
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Steinowitz
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Young Serviceman
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Serviceman's Girlfriend
Larry Sprinkle ...
Security Guard
Cassandra Ward-Freeman ...
Woman in Stall
Scott R. Davis ...
Bearded Student
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Grad Assistant
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Proprietor
Laurens Moore ...
Old Man
Anne Fitzgibbon ...
Old Lady
Steve Boles ...
Mailman
Stanley Mann ...
Motel Owner
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Blinded Agent
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Blinded Agent
Carole Francisco ...
Joan Dugan
Wendy Womble ...
Josie
Etan Boritzer ...
DSI Technician
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DSI Technician
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Albright
Orwin C. Harvey ...
DSI Orderly
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DSI Orderly
Carey Fox ...
Agent Hunt
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Girl in Country Store (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark L. Lester

Written by

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Stephen King ... (novel)
 
Stanley Mann ... ()

Produced by

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Frank Capra Jr. ... producer (produced by)
Martha De Laurentiis ... associate producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Dino De Laurentiis ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Tangerine Dream

Cinematography by

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Giuseppe Ruzzolini

Film Editing by

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David Rawlins
Ronald Sanders ... co-editor

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Richard Keefe ... assistant editor
Eric Strand ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Johanna Ray

Production Design by

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Giorgio Postiglione

Set Decoration by

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Lynn Wolverton-Parker ... (as Lynn Wolverton)

Makeup Department

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Del Acevedo ... makeup: George C. Scott
Francisca Núñez ... hair stylist (as Francisca Nunez Sanz)
José Quetglás ... assistant makeup artist (as Jose Quetglas Rubio)
José Antonio Sánchez ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Don Goldman ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ric Kidney ... second assistant director
Nikita Knatz ... second unit director
Glenn Randall Jr. ... second unit director
David Whorf ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Ron Foreman ... assistant art director
Trish Gallaher Glenn ... props (as Trisha Gallaher)
Jeff Ginn ... assistant art director
Mark Gutierrez ... property assistant
Nikita Knatz ... illustrator
Holly McDonald ... props
Jeffrey Schlatter ... assistant construction coordinator
Vic Simpson ... construction coordinator
Ralph Woollaston ... carpenter
Michael J. Hall ... carpenter (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jay Engel ... adr editor
Don Hall ... supervising sound editor
David Hildyard ... sound mixer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
David Pearson ... boom man
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Bill Varney ... re-recording mixer

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Mike Edmonson ... pyrotechnician / special effects foreman
James Fredburg ... special effects technician: pyrotechnics
Richard L. Hill ... special effects technician
Jeff Jarvis ... special effects
Bob Stoker ... special effects crew
Michael Wood ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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William Cruse ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Phil Adams ... stunts (as Philip Adams)
Linda Arvidson ... stunts (as Linda Lee Arvidson)
George Fisher ... stunts
Gene Hartline ... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey ... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Larry Holt ... stunts
Mike Johnson ... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Julius LeFlore ... stunts
A.J. Nay ... stunts (as Arthur Nay)
Joseph Prado ... stunts (as Joe Prado)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunt coordinator
Peter Stader ... stunts (as Peter T. Stader)
Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunts
Laura Warner ... stunt double
George P. Wilbur ... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (uncredited)

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Cesare Allione ... camera operator
Enrico Cortese ... camera operator
Wayne Forster ... gaffer
Cody Harrington ... electrician (as Jim Cody Harrington)
John R. Hernandez ... key grip (as John Hernandez)
W.D. Hill ... grip
Terry D. Long ... electrician
Steve Lubbe ... best boy
Robert McClure ... best boy (as Robbie McClure)
Bob Penn ... still photographer
Claudio Sabatini ... assistant camera
John Sheeren ... second assistant camera
Sergio Spila ... gaffer
David W. Strong ... rigging assistant
Tom Taylor ... second assistant camera
Ralph Watson ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Nina Axelrod ... casting assistant
Mark Fincannon ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jennifer Butler ... costumer
Michael Butler ... wardrobe supervisor
Wes Echert ... costumer (as Wes Echkardt)

Location Management

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Patricia Fay ... location manager (as Pat Fay)
John Lytle ... location manager

Music Department

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Jeff Carlson ... supervising music editor
Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer

Script and Continuity Department

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Candis Mason ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Russ Powell ... transportation coordinator
Monica Powell-Garris ... driver: cast (as Monica Powell)

Other crew

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John Alariano ... translator
Frank Capra III ... production assistant
Cindy Cullom ... background actor
Dino De Laurentiis ... presenter
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Estelle Goldman ... production secretary
Debra Goldstein ... assistant to the producer
Rob Harris ... unit publicist
Carolyn Lennon ... teacher
Linda Lucibello ... Assistant Accountant
Heather McIntosh ... auditor
David Oliver Pfeil ... title designer (as David Oliver)
Almarie Robinson ... welfare worker
Janis Rockwell-Strong ... production coordinator
Ernie Sawyer ... weapons advisor
Linda Van Dam ... post-production auditor
Zelig Walters ... caterer
Jennifer Ward ... photo double: Drew Barrymore
Don Zearfoss ... security coordinator
Julie Tamisiea ... horse trainer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines She has the power . . . an evil destructive force. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Charlie (France)
  • Der Feuerteufel (Germany)
  • Ojos de fuego (Spain)
  • Tulessa syntynyt (Finland)
  • 炎の少女チャーリー (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 114 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Prophetically, a few years before she was cast in the film, six-year-old Drew Barrymore's mother thought that Drew resembled the girl on the source novel's paperback dust-jacket. Drew once said: "My mom had seen this book at the grocery store with a picture of a little girl on it and she said, 'Gee, this looks kinda like you'. She said it was okay if I bought it, and so I did. When I read it, I came into the kitchen where my mom was making dinner and said: 'I'm the Firestarter. I'm Charlie McGee!' But she didn't know what I was talking about." See more »
Goofs In the scene where Charlie's abilities are being tested in the lab, she completely incinerates a cinder brick wall. Yet, the ice blocks do not boil until after she turns her attention to them. Since the room is hot enough to warp stainless steel doors, these ice blocks would have been melted long before. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Turkey in the Straw See more »
Crazy Credits In the credits, "Special Effects" is misspelled as "Speical Effects". See more »
Quotes Captain Hollister: [referring to Charlie] When we find out all we need to know from her...
John Rainbird: ...when you give her to me.
Captain Hollister: [after a pause] What are you going to do with her?
John Rainbird: John, the friendly orderly, will come in. He will greet her, talk to her, get her to smile... John, the friendly orderly, will make her happy because he's the only one who can. And when John feels she has reached the moment of her greatest happiness, he will strike her across the bridge of the nose, breaking it explosively and sending bone fragments into her brain. It'll be quick. And he'll be looking at her face at the time. He will *know* her power. And when he dies, which I hope is very soon, perhaps he can take that power with him... into the other world.
Captain Hollister: [finishes off his drink and heads for the door] You are crazy!
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