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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendy
... Sam
... Jake
... Brian
... Lisa
... Lee
... Adam
... Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon ... Dad
Gayle Harbor ... Joanne
... Wendy's Girlfriend
Richard E. Szlasa ... Coach Gant
Beverly May ... Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima ... Robby
... 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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Jake Livingston had to grow up fast...Because his mother didn't. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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First Born  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Berenger turned down the role of Sam, where it ultimately went to Peter Weller. See more »

Quotes

Sam: What's with you, Jake, why's everything such a bummer with you?
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Politics of Dancing
by Paul Fishman (as P. Fishman)
Performed by Re-Flex
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Both the book and the movie were very good.
14 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is another movie about the ramifications of addictions and though it's not "Leaving Las Vegeas" the movie is still welldone and draws you in(it was a book to). It also offers a fresh perspective surprisingly rare for movies of this type-addiction as seen through the eyes-not of the lover or parent-but of the child. In THIS story it's the mother in the family who is problematic-especially when the mother's new boyfriend enters the picture and starts a destructive chain of events.

As in most stories of this genre don't expect sweetness and light. It's a good story to see though and one many may relate too. The book is equally as welldone.


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