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Firstborn (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 26 October 1984 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

In 1984, this had the misfortune of opening on the same day as The Terminator (1984). See more »

Quotes

Jake Livingston: You don't want the class to know, you want to be the only one with the answer! You want us to think you're the coolest, hippest... if you're that great, why are you trying so hard to impress us?
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Soundtracks

Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
by Joey Levine (as J. Levine) and Ritchie Cordell (as R. Cordell)
Performed by Helix
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A Very Well-Done Film
8 August 2001 | by bethster2000See all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite films. It is very well acted, with great performances from Peter Weller, Terri Garr, and especially Christopher Collet (I would have expected to see more acting credits for him). I really like its unflinching look at the consequences of divorce, from the sadness of the kids to the vulnerability of the mother. Look for a young Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr., and Corey Haim in supporting roles.


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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

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,606,214, 28 October 1984

Gross USA:

$6,250,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,250,994
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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