Firestarter

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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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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."

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David Keith
Andrew "Andy" McGee
Drew Barrymore
Charlene "Charlie" McGee
George C. Scott
John Rainbird
Freddie Jones
Doctor Joseph Wanless
Heather Locklear
Victoria "Vicky" Tomlinson McGee
Martin Sheen
Captain Hollister
Louise Fletcher
Norma Manders
Moses Gunn
Doctor Pynchot
Art Carney
Irv Manders
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Critic Reviews for Firestarter

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Audience Reviews for Firestarter

  • Sep 10, 2016
    Despite the nice special effects and musical score, this is more a mere excuse for pyrotechnics instead of a story made to offer us anything close to real drama or character development, and it doesn't even understand the character's power enough to make it consistent.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2013
    Stephen King's Firestarter is a mediocre and underwhelming horror thriller. The story follows a father and daughter with psychic abilities who are on the run from a secret government agency that seeks to capture and experiment on them. Starring Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, and Heather Locklear, the film has a strong cast. However, the writing is rather poor; especially the dialog. And the directing is also quite weak, relying on a lot of cliches and stereotypes. There are a few intense thrills and scares in Firestarter, but overall it's a lackluster film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2011
    not a great movie but the actors make it watchable. Heather Locklear and George C Scott in the same movie!
    Grifty G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2010
    Firestarter is a film based on a powerful novel by author extraordinaire - Stephen King. OK, this movie is outdated, but it sure was fun to watch. The Plot: College couple takes an experimental government sponsored drug. Years later they get married and have a child (Drew Barrymore). The wife played by actress Heather Locklear, is murdered by agents from the secret government agency and now father and daughter find themselves on the run against the determined government outfit lead by Martin Sheen who wants to conduct experiments on Barrymore because she is gifted with a very dangerous power; she has the ability to set anything on fire just by merely thinking about it. Drew Barrymore was adorable and her innocent demeanor could melt a heart of stone. She really was the cutest child starlet next to Shirley Temple.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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