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Christine (1983)

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A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

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Highschool geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with "Christine", a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, his friends notice that the car is not the only thing that is changing. Arnie seems to spend more and more time with his car. He's also developed a sort of cocky arrogance which does not seem like the real Arnie at all. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Seductive. Passionate. Possessive. Say hello to Christine...Your Girlfriend The Car. See more »


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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$9,700,000 (estimated)

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$21,200,000 (USA)
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The movie playing at the drive-in scene is Thank God It's Friday (1978). See more »

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In 1958, the Lynch road assembly plant in Detroit ran on 3 shifts, 24 hours a day. They did not shut the plant down at 5 pm as seen in the movie. See more »

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Mr. Casey: [after being told that Buddy Repperton has a switchblade] Turn out your pockets, Buddy.
Buddy Repperton: The fuck I will, you can't make me.
Mr. Casey: If you mean I don't have the authority, you're wrong, and if you think I won't turn out your pockets for you...
Buddy Repperton: [interrupting him] Yeah, you try and I'll knock you through the wall, you little bald fuck! Fuck!
Mr. Casey: Turn out you pockets, Buddy, or I'm gonna call the cops.
[Repperton reaches into his pocket, pulls out a switchblade and drops it on the floor]
Mr. Casey: Go to the office Buddy, ...
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Pledging My Love
Written by Fats Washington and Don D. Robey
Performed by Johnny Ace
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
Duchess Music Corp.
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Not Carpenter's best, but pretty good
28 June 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Let me make this clear right away: I haven't read the book, nor do I intend to. You won't find any comparisons between the book and the film in this review. This film combines two of the biggest names in horror from two different medias; Stephen King is pretty much legendary for his written horror work. John Carpenter is also a pretty well-known name, but as a horror director rather than writer. Having not read the book, I have no idea how true Carpenter stayed to the source material, but I can understand from various sources that he changed a lot, and the changes were very big, so fans of the book might not like the movie. Whenever I hear about a film being made that is based on a King novel my response is usually that of someone who lacks any interest in it whatsoever. When I hear that it's directed by John Carpenter, one of my favorite directors, particularly within the horror genre, I develop an interest. Carpenter does a great job of turning something as potentially lame and goofy as a possessed car into something that you really fear. I was at the edge of my seat for a lot of the scenes, and I jumped at several shocking moments. The story revolves around a nerd buying a car, and the car significantly changing his personality. He changes enormously throughout the film, and I must say, the actor does a great job of capturing the emotion of the character. The plot is great, it doesn't move along very fast, but rather deliberately slow, building up atmosphere, building to a climax that is every bit as exciting as the build-up promises. The acting is great, especially by Keith Gordon, who portrays the nerd-like Arnie, who buys the demonic car. The film has pretty much the same sense of humor that Carpenter's films usually have, albeit slightly less of it is present than in several of his others, less serious films. The special effects are very good, they are almost impossible to tell. Had I not known better, I could have sworn that they were real. They probably could be more well-made had they been done today, but I still think it's amazing how real they look. They don't look the least bit dated. All in all, a good Carpenter film that probably won't be to everyones liking. I recommend it to fans of Carpenter, and fans of atmospheric horror films in general. 7/10


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