Firestarter

Story of a nine-year-old girl who can enflame objects and people by power of her will balances human concern of a pursued and loving father and daughter (David Keith and Drew Barrymore) against a clandestine government agency that wants to use the girl's power for nefarious ends.

With:
David Keith Drew Barrymore George C. Scott Martin Sheen Heather Locklear Art Carney

Story of a nine-year-old girl who can enflame objects and people by power of her will balances human concern of a pursued and loving father and daughter (David Keith and Drew Barrymore) against a clandestine government agency that wants to use the girl’s power for nefarious ends. Agency is headed by Martin Sheen, with Moses Gunn and George C. Scott as chilly support group.

Film marks the first major picture for director Mark L. Lester. But pic’s stars are special effects team Mike Wood and Jeff Jarvis, whose pyrotechnics – flying fireballs, fire trenches, human balls of fire – create the film’s impact.

Script by Stanley Mann is quite faithful to the Stephen King novel, but cinematically that loyalty is damaging. Picture’s length can’t sustain the material.

Firestarter

Production: De Laurentiis. Director Mark L. Lester; Producer Frank Capra Jr; Screenplay Stanley Mann; Camera Giuseppe Ruzzolini; Editor David Rawlins; Music Tangerine Dream; Art Director Giorgio Postiglione

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: David Keith Drew Barrymore George C. Scott Martin Sheen Heather Locklear Art Carney

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