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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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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Christine  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,200,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

There are a few scenes in the movie which show Christine locking her doors and we see that she has common lock "buttons" on the inside door panels. This is incorrect - 1958 Plymouths are not equipped with buttons. To lock the door, the door handle has to be rotated counter-clockwise. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Repperton: Some shithead's following me!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wonder Why
Written by Melvin James and Ricardo Weeks
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
Courtesy of Laurie Records, Inc.
Schwartz Music Co., Inc.
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One slick killing machine.
16 May 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

John Carpenter adapts Stephen King's novel with skillful precision. A high school kid becomes obsessive in his feelings for a very strange car he has bought. The car is given the name Christine and repays her owner's adoration by "taking care of" his enemies.

It is fun watching Keith Gordon, owner of Christine, go from wimp to self proclaimed stud. Also in the cast are: John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton and David Spielberg.

It is super cool watching Christine repair her damaged parts. This is an underrated movie that deserves a repeat viewing.


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