R | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telepathic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.
The cast featured three people who had won Academy Awards for acting. George C. Scott and Art Carney had won Best Actor Oscars for Patton (1970) and Harry and Tonto (1974), respectively, and Louise Fletcher had won a Best Actress Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
When we find out all we need to know from her...
John Rainbird: ...when you give her to me.
Captain Hollister: What are you going to do with her?
John Rainbird: John, the friendly orderly, will come in. He will greet her, talk to her, get her to smile... John, the friendly orderly, will make her ...
Captain Hollister: ...
In the scene where Charlie's abilities are being tested in the lab, she completely incinerates a cinder brick wall. Yet, the ice blocks do not boil until after she turns her attention to them. Since the room is hot enough to warp stainless steel doors, these ice blocks would have been melted long before.
[unused disclaimer, written for end titles; ended up on cutting-room floor] FIRESTARTER contains a purely fictional account of a small group of ruthless and corrupt scientific researchers and national-intelligence agents. These characters do not represent the United States government, and it would be erroneous and unfair to suggest that they do. The vast majority of North American intelligence and research personnel have demonstrated the utmost moral sense, regard for civilian welfare, and worthiness of the public trust.
$4,726,660 13 May 1984