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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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Fifteen. At a time when most kids need to dream, Jake Livingston had to wake up. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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

Quotes

Jake Livingston: You keep telling us about the real world. But in the real world YOU'D be a grown man competing with a bunch of tenth graders!
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Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
by Joey Levine (as J. Levine) and Ritchie Cordell (as R. Cordell)
Performed by Helix
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Outstanding Underrated Domestic Drama
4 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Firstborn has been one of my favorite films since its release. It has a terrific script and fine performances by all the actors. I have worked with children as an educational therapist and have known many students who had step-parents that were abusive. Even a second cousin of mine has brought boyfriends into her home to live who would make Peter Weller's character look saintly by comparison. Teri Garr, like many deserted or divorced mothers, becomes flattered by the attention she is getting from Peter Weller, and their obvious sexual bonding makes it easy for her to overlook the potential harm to her children that moving him in might cause. While many critics didn't like that the film adds drug use about midway through, this too is more common than many think. This was Corey Haim's first film, and his reaction early on when learning that his dad is getting remarried, shows what a fine actor he was. I am so glad I have the VHS tape and have put a cable copy on a home DVD. If you like serious family drama, do yourself a favor and try to find a VHS tape to rent or buy. It is a heart wrenching but ultimately satisfying movie, and you get to watch early performances by Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Junior. The director, Michael Apted, should be very proud. It richly deserves a DVD release. (Update 2012: Firstborn has finally been made available on DVD).


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