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Firestarter

The book Firestarter was made into the movie Firestarter.

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Movie details for Firestarter

The movie was released in 1984 and directed by Mark L. Lester, who also directed Night of the Running Man (1994). Firestarter was produced by Universal Studios. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher, Moses Gunn, Antonio Fargas, Drew Snyder, Curtis Credel, Keith Colbert, Dick Warlock, Jeff Ramsey, Jack Magner, Lisa Anne Barnes, Larry Sprinkle, Cassandra Ward-Freeman and Scott R. Davis.

 

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Stephen King wasn't exactly in peak form when he wrote Firestarter, so this 1984 movie adaptation was at a disadvantage even before the cameras rolled. There were so many King movies being made at the time that this one's weaknesses became even more appar... Read More
Stephen King wasn't exactly in peak form when he wrote Firestarter, so this 1984 movie adaptation was at a disadvantage even before the cameras rolled. There were so many King movies being made at the time that this one's weaknesses became even more apparent. In her first film role after her memorable appearance in E.T., Drew Barrymore stars as a little girl whose parents acquired strange mental powers after participating in a secret government experiment. From this genetic background she has developed the mysterious ability to set anything on fire at will, especially when she's angry. That makes her very interesting to government officials seeking to exploit her skill as a secret weapon. Her father seeks to protect her by using his powers of mind-control, and George C. Scott plays an Indian who believes the girl must be destroyed. There's a routine climax involving a lot of impressive pyrotechnics, but none of this is grounded in a dramatically solid foundation, and none of the characters are developed enough for us to care about them. So the movie gradually turns into a laughable thriller with no suspense whatsoever. It's a movie only a pyromaniac could love. --Jeff Shannon