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WATCH: The longest known version of Spielberg’s first movie, Firelight

June 5th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Piece of history for you all today, gang.

We have, for your viewing pleasure, the most complete version of Steven Spielberg’s 1964 first independent film, Firelight.

The full movie is 140 minutes in length.

Written and directed by Spielberg at the age of 17, it cost $500 to make and he screened it at his local cinema, making a grand profit of $1.00.

Spielberg later said of that fateful night: “We charged a dollar a ticket. Five hundred people came to the movie and I think somebody probably paid two dollars, because we made one dollar profit that night, and that was it.”

So, for all those who thought 1971’s Duel was his first movie, I say to thee… nay!

Check it out, there’s some very clear nods to E.T and Close Encounters in this movie… though it’s not exactly a masterpiece, you can see the beginning of his genius.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….