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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>

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Sam: Hey come back here you little shit-head!
Wendy: Hey! Don't talk to Jake like that!
Sam: He acts like a shit-head! And you let him act like one!
Wendy: Well you don't have to act like one too!
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Written and Performed by Anthony More
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Both the book and the movie were very good.
14 November 2003 | by triple8See 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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