Firestarter Poster

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: April 1st, 1998

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
As youths, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Heather Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Drew Barrymore), begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as "The Shop."

Cast: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Moses Gunn

Director: Mark Lester

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis Corp.

Keywords: Escape, Father, 1980s, Suspenseful, Pursuit, Mother, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a ridiculous story to be sure, filled with holes and not remotely plausible, but director Mark L. Lester knows enough to keep the speed up, and the dumb stuff is flattened by action. It's the kind of movie in which the audience waits happily for the little heroine to be cornered by villains, all to cheer at the inevitable roast. Lester, at least, is stylish enough to get away with it. [12 May 1984, p.C1]

  • The most astonishing thing in the movie, however, is how boring it is. show more

  • Fortunately, he has an ace up his sleeve with 9-year-old actress Drew Barrymore: the movie might easily be retitled The Scene Stealer. Barrymore's performance as Charlie McGee has something of the pint-sized coquetry of a Shirley Temple, and something of the shoulders-back, chin- in-the-air hauteur of a Bette Davis, but she seems incapable of hitting a false, precocious or calculating note. She virtually acts her co-stars off the screen. [14 May 1984]

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