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In 1957, in Detroit, a red Plymouth Fury is built and is the cause of two accidents, one of them fatal, still in the assembly line. Twenty-one years later, the outcast and bullied nerd Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham is getting a ride with his best and only friend Dennis Guilder and he sees the wrecked car in a junkyard. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car and calls it Christine. He brings the car to a repair shop of the despicable Will Darnell and works hard to restore the classic car. While he works in the restoration, he changes his personality to a cocky teenager and he dates the most beautiful girl in the high-school, Leigh Cabot. Soon Arnie becomes selfish and jealous of the supernatural Christine that kills everyone that is a threat to them. Written by Mitchell McCreath.

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She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's... 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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Special Edition DVD contains 20 deleted, extended, or alternate scenes:
  • A brief scene of Arnie and Dennis driving to school, in which Arnie recites a dirty limerick


  • Alternate scene of Arnie being bullied by Repperton and his gang


  • Arnie driving to Darnell's in a junked out Christine


  • Arnie breaking down in anger in Dennis's car


  • Darnell and a friend talking to Arnie while he is fixing up Christine


  • Extended scene of Arnie's first visit to Dennis at the hospital


  • Extended scene of bullies trashing Christine, including Moochie defecating on the dashboard


  • Extended scene of Arnie and Leigh walking into Darnell's before discovering Christine


  • A scene in which a distraught Leigh visits Dennis in the hospital


  • Brief scene of Arnie's mother looking in on him while he is sleeping


  • Extended scene of Arnie's second visit to Dennis in the hospital


  • Alternate scene of Det. Junkins questioning Arnie in the school parking lot


  • Brief scene of Leigh telling Arnie over the phone that she can't see him any more


  • Brief scene of the gas station bully being crushed by a car, explaining his death rather than the implied death of being immolated in the gas station fire seen in the wide release


  • Extended scene of Det. Junkins questioning Arnie at Darnell's after Darnell's death


  • Alternate scene of Leigh calling Dennis


  • Extended scene of Leigh visiting Dennis at his house


  • Alternate scene of Arnie and Dennis driving in Christine, in which Arnie is speeding and drinking alcohol


  • A scene of Leigh and Dennis kissing in Dennis' car, and Arnie pulls up behind them and catches them


  • Extended scene of Dennis and Leigh waiting in the bulldozer for Christine to arrive


The following deleted scene is not included in the DVD, but is mentioned by screenwriter Bill Phillips during the featurettes: See more »

Goofs

The first time that Dennis talks to Leigh he first gets a book from a shelf. When he sits down at her table he lays the book on the table. When he leaves there is no book. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Cunningham: Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits when the titles are appearing, Christine's engine can be heard. See more »

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References American Graffiti (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Come On, Let's Go
Written by Ritchie Valens
Performed by Ritchie Valens
Courtesy of Rhino Records/Del Fi Records
Keeno Music Co. & Chockas Music, Inc.
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how could it be better?
8 January 2005 | by (Liège, Belgique) – See all my reviews

Let's face it. Christine is far from the best novels of King, especially this creepy dead former owner, sitting on the backseats, and teasing Arnie.

Carpenter chose not to put this character into the movie. What a great choice. Which other movie has shown a true love between a human and a machine ever since? I mean, a film with no ridiculous situations and tired old gags. None.

Big John created a weird teenage movie, with a great cast (Keith Gordon has never been better) and a hypercool soundtrack. One of a kind you won't easily forget!


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