Firestarter

Firestarter

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Director: Mark L. Lester

Cast: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott

     
 

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Firestarter is based on a bone-chilling novel by Steven King. Drew Barrymore plays Charlie McGee the young daughter of Andrew (David Keith) and Vicky (Heather Locklear) McGee, who years earlier had been guinea pigs for a top secret experiment. As a result, Charlie has acquired the unenviable ability to start fires simply by thinking about fires. Charlie is

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Firestarter is based on a bone-chilling novel by Steven King. Drew Barrymore plays Charlie McGee the young daughter of Andrew (David Keith) and Vicky (Heather Locklear) McGee, who years earlier had been guinea pigs for a top secret experiment. As a result, Charlie has acquired the unenviable ability to start fires simply by thinking about fires. Charlie is pursued over hill and dale by The Shop, a secret government organization bent upon using her skills for nefarious purposes. The special effects are undeniably startling, even when the script and dialogue are straight out of the funny papers (it's hard to keep a straight face during the New York Times final shot!) The high-priced cast--including George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher--seems to be having a grand ole time.

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It would be foolish to suggest that working in two straight movies inspired by Stephen King novels, Firestarter and Cat's Eye, would afflict Drew Barrymore with the kind of curse that King himself might have written about. But there's an odd real-world corollary to watching the disturbed preteen light fires with her mind, as Barrymore's own tumultuous world was about to be engulfed by drug and alcohol abuse at barely ten years old. Subtexts aside, Mark Lester's Firestarter is an effective and ominous enough horror story, complete with a final sequence that will be hard for equestrian enthusiasts to watch. As David Keith's Andrew McGee makes a one dollar bill look like a 20, a mental strain that erupts into a bloody nose, all so he can hoodwink a ride out of a cabbie, it suggests interesting things about the telekinetic abilities of this unique family. More strikingly, the film deals with the infant child's inability and unwillingness to control her awful power. If you thought toilet-training a child was hard, just imagine trying to keep her from burning down the house. Where Firestarter starts to turn into a little bit of a joke is its production design, which is hilariously under-budgeted for several key sequences -- perhaps all the money did go to the impressive cast. Still, it makes a decent addition to the King film library.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
UPC:
0025192246982
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
4,641

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Keith Andrew McGee
Drew Barrymore Charlie McGee
George C. Scott John Rainbird
Martin Sheen Capt. Hollister
Heather Locklear Vicky McGee
Art Carney Irv Manders
Louise Fletcher Norma Manders
Moses Gunn Dr. Pynchot
Fred Jones Dr. Joseph Wanless
William Alspaugh Proprietor
Steve Boles Mailman
Keith Colbert Mayo
Curtis Credel Bates
Antonio Fargas Taxi Driver
Joan Foley DSI Technican
Carey Fox Agent Hunt
Orwin Harvey DSI Orderly
Nina Jones Grad Assistant
Laurens Moore Old Man
Jack Magner Young Serviceman
Stanley Mann Motel Owner
Robert Miano Blinded Agent
Jeff Ramsey Steinowitz
Leon Rippy Blinded Agent
John Sanderford Albright
Drew Snyder Orville Jamieson,Orville Johnson
Larry Sprinkle Security Guard
Cassandra Ward-Freeman Woman in Stall
Richard Warlock Knowles
George Wilbur DSI Orderly
Wendy Womble Josie

Technical Credits
Mark L. Lester Director
Frank Capra Producer
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Associate Producer
Christopher Franke Score Composer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Howard Kunin Editor
Bill Lancaster Screenwriter
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
Bill Phillips Screenwriter
Giorgio Postiglione Art Director
David Rawlins Editor
Johanna Ray Casting
Giuseppe Ruzzolini Cinematographer
Ronald Sanders Editor
Martha Schumacher Associate Producer
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
David Whorf Asst. Director
Lynn Wolverten Set Decoration/Design
Mike Wood Special Effects
Stephen King Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Firestarter
1. Main Titles; Being Followed [8:08]
2. The Airport [8:16]
3. Family Time [5:47]
4. Time To Move On [12:30]
5. Showdown On The Farm [10:51]
6. Chimney Rock Lake [9:20]
7. The Shop [1:27]
8. The Storm [8:48]
9. Charlie's First Test [7:31]
10. The Temperature's Rising [9:08]
11. Andrew's Demands [7:19]
12. At The Stables [4:26]
13. John's True Identity [2:42]
14. Great Balls Of Fire [5:13]
15. Back To The Farm [8:15]
16. End Credits [1:09]

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Firestarter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First I read the book and then I saw the movie and I was surprised that the movie was almost exactly like the book.The director even made it look like Charlene McGee (Drew Barrymore) power look real and made it seem like it was really coming from her.