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Firstborn (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 26 October 1984 (USA)
A teen must protect his family when his mother's sinister new boyfriend begins exerting his authority in their home.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writer:

Ron Koslow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Teri Garr ... Wendy
Peter Weller ... Sam
Christopher Collet ... Jake
Corey Haim ... Brian
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Lisa
Robert Downey Jr. ... Lee
Chris Gartin ... Adam
James Harper ... Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon Richard Brandon ... Dad
Gayle Harbor Gayle Harbor ... Joanne
Ellen Barber ... Wendy's Girlfriend
Richard E. Szlasa Richard E. Szlasa ... Coach Gant
Beverly May Beverly May ... Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima Brian Lima ... Robby
J.D. Roth ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Born See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,606,214, 28 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,250,994
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Released in the same year as another Michael Apted film about the difficulties of growing up. The difference was that 28 Up (1984) was a highly-acclaimed documentary. See more »

Quotes

Sam: It takes a lot to open your own restaurant, you gotta have capitol, money/
Brian Livingston: Not if you open a sushi bar. All you need is some raw fish and a knife.
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Connections

Referenced in Phil-American Boy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

It's My Life
by Mark Hollis (as M. Hollis) and Tim Friese-Greene (as T. Friese Green)
Performed by Talk Talk
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Very Insightful and Realistic
9 January 2007 | by navybluebloodSee all my reviews

This is not, nor was it intended to be, a happy movie.

Wendy, (a great performance by Teri Garr), is a very lonely and extremely vulnerable divorced Mother of two boys. She is wooed and won by Sam, (Peter Weller), a great guy and perfect husband/father replacement. Wendy's oldest son, Jake, discovers a secret which Wendy chooses to downplay rather than jeopardize her relationship with Sam.

What should Jake do?

Not all life situations are happy situations. The script is a strong and realistic rendering of a very believable situation. For a happy movie, I recommend "Mary Poppins".


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