Firestarter (1984)

R   |    |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telepathic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.




  • Drew Barrymore and David Keith in Firestarter (1984)
  • Drew Barrymore in Firestarter (1984)
  • Firestarter (1984)
  • Martin Sheen in Firestarter (1984)
  • "Firestarter" George C. Scott, Drew Barrymore
  • Firestarter (1984)

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14 February 2002 | gridoon
| Above-average.
Good special effects and a great cast make this film above-average, as Stephen King adaptations go (well, it's certainly better than "Maximum Overdrive"). The story may be a bit predictable, partly because King had visited similar territory before ("Carrie", anyone?), but you have to admire the way the film puts you into the action right from the start, omitting any slow introductions, and George C.Scott is such a strong, perverse and eccentric villain that you can't help watching him. (**1/2)

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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).


Captain Hollister: 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.

Crazy Credits

[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.


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Plot Summary


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,726,660 13 May 1984

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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