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Drew Barrymore heads up the cast in Firestarter, the suspense-filled film based on the best-selling Stephen King novel. After college sweethearts Andrew (David Keith) and Vicky McGee (Heather Locklear) participate in a mysterious psychic experiment, they have a child, Charlie (Barrymore), who is born with the ability to start fires with her mind. Her unique pyrokinetic talent soon comes to the attention of a covert government agency known as "The Shop." Now operatives from this sinister group (Martin Sheen and George C. Scott) are out to capture nine-year-old Charlie and control her supernatural powers at all costs.
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Critics Consensus: Firestarter's concept hews too closely to other known Stephen King adaptations, though it's got nice special effects (including scenery-chewing George C. Scott).
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Stephen King adaptation has fiery deaths, miscast character.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Firestarter is a 1984 movie adaptation of a Stephen King horror novel, with violent scenes involving people being set on fire. The main character is eight-year-old girl Charlie (Drew Barrymore), who has the power of pyrokinesis -- she can control fire with her mind. Her father, Andrew (David Keith), tries to help her control her power. But when in danger Charlie uses it, resulting in many people bursting into flames. Stunt actors are shown on fire and the movie features many explosions. There are also guns in the movie, with a man killed by a headshot and a child shot in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. Charlie and her father are pursued by a government agency who kidnap her to try to harness her power. One agent is a Native American character played by a White actor. In one scene, Native American people are referred to as "Indians." Infrequent language includes "s--t" and "goddamn." A 2022 remake stars Ryan Kiera Armstrong and Zac Efron.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Release Date:May 11, 1984
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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