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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
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's a new man in his mother's life. A difficult, dangerous, violent man. Now Jake's got to stand up for himself and his family. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$6,250,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,250,994
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Technical Specs

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

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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Blueberry Hill
by Vincent Rose (as V. Rose), Larry Stock (as L. Stock) and Al Lewis (as A. Lewis)
Performed by Fats Domino
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'80s sleeper
13 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

FIRSTBORN (1984) *** Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr. Absorbing story of a teenager facing his mother's sudden downward spiral thanks to a shifty loser (Weller in a nice turn). Good acting and an original sleeper.


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